BURRILLVILLE – Thousands of copies of Motorhead magazine featuring artist Jim Weicherding’s flu vaccination coloring cartoon poster, as well as his upcoming drive to benefit Toys for Tots, have been distributed across New England and to national subscribers.
The cartoons promote flu vaccinations, while helping to reduce fear and anxiety for children visiting the pediatric doctors’ offices and family clinics.
The artist will take part in a Toys for Tots drive on Saturday, Nov. 28 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Sandy Motors Auto Dealership in Coventry. I-105.5 FM Classic Rock Radio will be broadcasting live during the event, and the band Street Survivors, will perform acoustic songs. Coventry police officers and Rhode Island State Police will also be attending and passing out Weicherding’s Bucky Child Passenger Safety, Covid Prevention and Vaccination coloring posters to the families dropping off toys for families in need.
Staples stores, meanwhile, are providing thousands of Buckleupallofus, Bus Stop Kids and Itty Bitty SUPER DUPERS coloring posters for shoppers to take home. The stores will put the kids safety coloring posters on counters and near registers for customers to take home.
The news marks the latest step forward for the artist and public safety advocate who has a growing following, and has worked in recent months with the Rhode Island Department of Health in recent months to design and distribute virus safety materials. Weicherding has been creating his award-winning, injury-prevention, safety and healthy habits campaign, themed, “Seasons Of Safety,” for Hasbro Children’s Hospital and LifeSpan Hospital Network for more than 20 years.