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J.C. Blair & Safe Kids Partner to Provide Safety Items to Newborn Families

J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital and Huntingdon County Safe Kids are looking for support to provide Newborn Safety Kits to all babies born at J.C. Blair.

Newborn Safety Kits contain educational health and safety materials to help protect children in the home. The kit, packaged in a reusable shopping tote, includes a smoke and fire alarm, a bath tub water temperature tester, plug protectors, cabinet/drawer locks, furniture wall straps, door knob covers and other educational literature. The kit also contains a baby feeding spoon from The Auxiliary to J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital, as well as product samples of diapers and baby care products.

Several local organizations have already supported this initiative with items or monetary donations, including: Huntingdon Kiwanis Club, Creswell Advertising, Clapper’s Flowers, Soroptomist Club, Calvary Independent Baptist Church, Price Motor Sales, Martin Oil Company, and The Auxiliary to J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital.

In addition to the support from local organizations, Huntingdon County Safe Kids received a $3,000 “Infant Safe Sleep” grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Health to purchase HALO® SleepSacks® to be included in the Newborn Safety Kits. SleepSacks® are wearable blankets used to put a baby to sleep in place of a dangerous loose blanket. The American Academy of Pediatrics encourages the use of wearable blankets to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

“Newborn families are inundated with information about baby care and safety when leaving the hospital. It can be overwhelming as a new parent. We hope to provide practical, useable items that parents can use from day one and as their child grows into toddlerhood,” said Safe Kids Coordinator Stacey Freitag.

If interested in making a donation or for more information on J.C. Blair’s Newborn Safety Kits, please contact Huntingdon County Safe Kids Coordinator Stacey Freitag at (814) 643-8833 or sfreitag@jcblair.org.