Kohl’s Cares gives grant to Miller Childrens & Women’s Hospital, helps fund new courses to prevent injuries

Kohl’s Cares — a program dedicated to supporting happier and healthier communities nationwide — awarded a $10,000 grant to MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach through the Kohl’s National Giving Program which provided over $3 million to more than 300 health and wellness nonprofits across the country.

The donations made through Kohl’s National Giving Program are made possible through Kohl’s philanthropic program, Kohl’s Cares®, which sells children’s books and toys and donates 100 percent of the net profit to charitable initiatives nationwide. This grant will allow the Injury Prevention Program at MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s to add to the current educational classes offered.

The Injury Prevention Program explored the community’s greatest needs and determined that a “period of purple crying,” and bicycle and helmet safety classes were important for the well-being of families.

The “period of purple crying” begins when a child is about two-weeks-old and continues until they are about three to four months. During this period, some babies can cry more than usual and seem resistant to soothing. Parents can become frustrated during this time and can sometimes lead to undue harm to their baby. It’s not often something talked about and the Injury Prevention Program realized a class would provide as a great resource to prevent potential infant abuse and injuries.

With support from Kohl’s Cares, the Injury Prevention Program will introduce an educational class focused on the “period of purple crying” for new and expectant parents that will focus on topics related to self-care, stress management and coping strategies to support their transition into parenthood.

Another new class that the Injury Prevention Program will be offering is a bike and helmet safety class. This class will teach parents and their children about the importance of wearing a safety helmet while riding a bicycle or scooter. According to the National Safety Council, cyclists who wear a helmet reduce their risk of head and brain injuries by 60%. As Long Beach is one of the most “bike-friendly” cities in Southern California, the injury prevention program found helmet safety education to be of critical value to the community.

“Each new class offered will carry an impact in our community and support our efforts to enhance the safety of all kids,” says Danny Luna, injury prevention coordinator, Injury Prevention Program, Miller Children’s & Women’s. “With the support from Kohl’s Cares, I am excited that we can continue to expand our resources for families looking for innovative ways to prevent injury.”

The Injury Prevention Program currently hosts cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) classes and car seat training classes for parents.

Kohl’s Cares is dedicated to family health and wellness by supporting programs that focus on safety and wellness like the Injury Prevention Program, and has consistently supported Miller Children’s & Women’s.

“Kohl’s Cares has helped fund our Injury Prevention Program since its launch,” says Jan McQueen, major gifts director, MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach Foundation. “Their continuous support has allowed the program to create new educational resources and classes throughout the years.”

The Injury Prevention Program consistently reviews the top safety needs in the community and develops its educational curriculum based on those needs. With the continuous support of Kohl’s Cares, the Injury Prevention Program at Miller Children’s & Women’s will continue to teach new safety classes, improve its current classes and create new educational resources the keep families safe and informed about injury prevention. To learn more, visit millerchildrenshospitallb.org/InjuryPrevention.

This article was released by MemorialCare Health System.