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The Rev. Nelson Trinidad of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Los Angeles participates in the Buckle Up for Life Program. Church leaders can play a critical role in spreading the message about child safety in vehicles.
It's important to wear a seat belt every time someone rides in a car.
Families receive books and other materials about safety.
Buckle Up for Life is an initiative of Cincinnati Children's.
The program includes a demonstration that uses eggs to show how fragile people are during car crashes.
Parents are shown proper ways to install their children's car seats.
Children participate in a presentation on safety.
In Spanish, the Buckle Up for Life Program is called Abróchate a la Vida.
We want to help make child- and adult-passenger safety a priority in Hispanic and African-American communities.
The Rev. Nelson Trinidad of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church blesses the car seats that will be given to families who complete the program.
Interactive lessons help children understand what happens when a car is moving or crashes.
Our goal is to promote healthier, safer lifestyles.
Posters show how tall a child must be to not need a car seat.
A certified child passenger safety technician demonstrates seat belt use.
Check a child's weight to determine whether he needs a car seat.
Churches are very effective at meeting the social and material needs of their members. Religious organizations can be major forces for mobilizing volunteers and changing the behaviors of community members. Stated simply, sacred places serve civic purposes.
We built Buckle Up for Life on the considerable authority that church leaders have within the Hispanic and African-American communities. With the help and support of faith leaders, we deliver − in an engaging, culturally sensitive and memorable way − important messages about staying safe in motor vehicles.
Our faith-based approach is designed to empower church leaders and members to make child- and adult-passenger safety a priority in their own communities, thereby reducing motor-vehicle injuries and deaths. Buckle Up for Life relies on strong partnerships with faith leaders throughout the country. Their leadership and support play a crucial role in the success of our work.
The Buckle Up for Life curriculum includes presentations for adults, teens and children. All participants learn why it’s important to wear a seat belt every time they ride in a car. Adults are also taught how to choose and install a car seat for their children, while teens learn about the dangers of distracted driving. Children benefit from a variety of interactive lessons that drive home messages about staying safe in motor vehicles.
At the end of the program, families that participated in the Buckle Up for Life activities are eligible to receive free car seats. During a church-wide car seat check, certified child passenger safety technicians will help install car seats and ensure that children are riding safely.
In addition, we provide churches with informational posters and tips for promoting motor-vehicle safety.
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