Nanaimo pregnancy centre benefits from car seat donation

NANAIMO – Child Passenger Safety Association donates 25 car seats across Island.

Volunteers with the Child Passenger Safety Association of Canada on Vancouver Island have received 25 car seats for distribution to families in need.

Fifteen will be donated to Crossroads Crisis Pregnancy Centre in Nanaimo, five to Oceanside Community Safety Volunteers in Parksville/Qualicum, and five will be donated to RCMP for training and emergencies.

“Bringing home baby can be a stressful time, financially or otherwise,” said Valerie Froom, an instructor with the association. “This donation will enable many families to rest assured that their new little one will be safely transported.”

A properly installed and used car seat significantly reduces the risk of injury to a child. That proper use is important – and legally required.

Car seats are expensive, with most new parents looking at spending a minimum of $100 and usually much more than that, and a second-hand car seat is often not recommended. The Vancouver Island donation represents a retail value of almost $7,000.

This donation comes as part of a larger effort sponsored by Nuna Canada, a car seat manufacturer, and its distributor. Between the two, 137,000 car seat check forms have been distributed to association technicians across the country as well as more that 130 infant car seats.