The University of Missouri Children’s Hospital and Kohl’s Department Stores are teaming up to prevent unintentional injuries in children. Representatives from mid-Missouri Kohl’s stores in October presented a $38,253 check to the pediatric injury prevention and safety outreach program at MU Children’s Hospital.

The money was raised through the Kohl’s Cares Program. Children’s Hospital uses the money to purchase car seats and bike helmets to give away to children. The pediatric injury prevention and safety outreach program works with community organizations to help identify families who are eligible for free injury prevention materials.

Since 2007, Kohl’s has donated nearly $259,000 to Children’s Hospital.

“We are grateful for Kohl's continued support of MU Children’s Hospital and our efforts to prevent accidental injuries in mid-Missouri children," said Sheila Robertson, coordinator of pediatric injury prevention and safety outreach. “Unintentional injury is the No. 1 killer of children ages 1-19 in the United States. Through the Kohl’s Cares Buckle-Up Program, we are continuing to deliver important safety information and provide safety equipment to parents and children.”

The injury prevention program will reach more than 10,000 people this year at more than 40 community events.

For more information about the Kohl’s Cares Buckle-Up Program and to keep track of when events may be in your area visit the website’sbuckleup

Kohl’s commitment to MU Children’s Hospital is made possible through Kohl’s Cares for Kids.

Through this initiative, Kohl's sells $5 books and plush toys, and 100 percent of net profits benefit children’s health and education programs nationwide, including hospital partnerships Since 2000, Kohl’s has raised more than $257 million for such initiatives nationwide.

MU Children’s Hospital is one of more than 160 hospitals nationwide to participate in the Kohl’s Cares Partnership Program.

Based in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, Kohl’s operates 1,163 stores in 49 states. For more information, visit www.Kohl’

(Courtesy of MU Health)