Thanks to a grant from McLean County Deputies, the Baby Fold will be able to help protect even more infants and toddlers in cars. The deputies presented the organization with a $7500 grant to provide free car seats for families in need. Julie Payne says the Baby Fold already distributes car seats to their clients, but the grant allows them to expand their reach.
"The money that we received from the deputies actually allowed us to create a community program being able to provide these car seats to a lot of other families being referred to us from other agencies or even self-referring families that are in need," she says.
The organization received $10,000 from the deputies last year, and they distributed around 195 car seats. But, Payne says the difference in funding won't drastically affect the program. She says $7500 can go a long way and estimates that they will be able to purchase around 150 this year.
"We spent all of it last year, so there will be some limit to what we can do," she says. "But we will continue to provide as much as we can."
The Baby Fold will also provide installation assistance for car seats twice a month. Payne says this service is an additional donation from the organization and isn't covered by the grant.
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