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Safe Kids Coalition AwardSeated L-R, Trooper B. J. Kennedy, Bonnie Brantley, Coalition Coordinator First Row L-R, Bobby Ray Smith, Toombs Co. Sheriff Office, Robert Balkcom, Georgia State Patrol, Danny Coleman, Lyons P.D., Tabitha Hutto, Toombs Co. Health Dept., Rachel Stewart, Tattnall 4-5, Betty Dell Williams, The Refuge, Karrie Page, Meadows Health, E.D. Second Row L-R, Drew James, Toombs/Montgomery EMS, Paige Williamson, Family Connection, Lynn More, Toombs EMA, Teney Hicks, Wellcare, Kim Willis, Lowes', Donnie Daniels, Montgomery Co. EMA, Kenny Crofford, Meadows Sports Medicine, Sammy Young, Georgia State PatrolAugust10--  Keeping the kids in our community safe is a big responsibility and it takes a lot of people to make it happen.  One local organization is doing a great job.  Safe Kids Toombs County recently received the Outstanding U.S. Coalition Award for being the best in the country.

Safe Kids Coordinator Bonnie Brantley, “Safe Kids Toombs and surrounding counties received the Outstanding Coalition Award for the whole United States and we’re very excited about it.  We beat big cities and small cities all over the United States.” 

Brantley added, “They do it by percentages of how many of the families in our communities that we reach.  Through this, they were looking at the smoke alarms we’ve been putting up, they look at the car seat program that we do, any of the education programs we do, and we stood out among the whole United States.”

It takes a large group of people to make Safe Kids successful.  “Safe Kids is a coalition and we partner with the fire departments, police departments, state patrol, EMA, nursing and health departments, family connections.  We also partner with boy scouts, girl scouts, anything that works with the children.  We go into the schools and also have volunteers that want to help us because they want to be a part of saving a child’s life,” added Brantley.

With kids back in school, it’s a busy time right now.  “We are getting ready for Walk the Kids to School Day that is coming up in October and the Child Passenger Seat Week that is coming up in September.  And we do a program called Teens in the Driver Seat,” said Brantley.

If you want to get involved with Safe Kids Toombs County call 912-277-2166.

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