Kiwanis hear talk on car seat safety

The Kiwanis Club of Fort Frances held its annual Valentine’s meeting last Thursday at La Place Rendez-Vous, with 15 members and their sweethearts present.
The guest speakers for the day were Anne Marie Vanderaa, with the Coming Together for Kids Coalition, and Grace Silander of the Rainy River District Safety Coalition.
Their topic was the car seat donor program that’s been in place here for four years.
The purpose of the program is to ensure all families in the district have access to a safe car seat/booster seat for their infants and children.
To date, they have been able to supply 144 3-in-1 seats and 38 booster seats to families who otherwise would not be able to afford new and safe seats.
The law requires the seats be new, so we were told never to buy or sell car seats at a garage sale. We also were urged to check the expiry dates on our existing seats.
The type of seat supplied is usable from infancy up to age eight, as required, with a cost of $190 (plus taxes).
There often are installation instruction and inspection clinics held at various events and store parking lots. Qualified police, firemen, and other inspectors are on hand to assist with proper use.
Because this is a very expensive safety project, these groups are looking for financial assistance. There is a waiting list of approved families, so more seats are required.
One question asked by club members was what to do with a used seat or one that had been in an accident. The answer was to destroy the seat, or turn it into the OPP for their use in demonstrations and instruction.
One of our members had brought along his two-week-old daughter, so it was a fitting time to introduce her to those present.
In other news, tickets for the annual Good Friday prayer breakfast (March 21) were distributed to Kiwanis members and are now on sale.
The speaker is being arranged while the music will be by the local bell choir.
This is always a sell-out breakfast so get your tickets soon.