Children’s Partners with Lutheran Family Services to Support Refugees

Children’s Trauma team recently joined forces with Lutheran Family Services to support the hundreds of Afghan refugees flying into Omaha and relocating throughout Nebraska. The team gathered at Frederick Square to load a box truck with 100 donated car seats and booster seats. With approximately 100 kids under the age of 8 arriving within two months, car seats are an immediate concern.

The Injury Prevention team is donating more than 100 car seats and providing safety tip sheets with step-by-step instructions (and photos) for safe installation. Lutheran Family Services has translated the tip sheets into the families’ two primary languages.

According to Amy Borg, child passenger safety specialist, Trauma Department, motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of unintentional injury deaths among children.

“We do what we do because we want to help kids and save lives. This refugee situation isn’t something you see every day… I’m honored to be able to help parents protect their kids in a culture so new to them. I wish I could do more, but I’m excited to be doing my part by helping to support and educate families,” she said. “This has been a group effort and I’m really impressed at the community here at Children’s that’s stepped up to help, with a special shout-out to Travis Hedlund, Injury Prevention coordinator.”