BURRILLVILLE – The Bucky Kids Vehicle Entrapment Prevention campaign launch is on Mother’s Day this year.
This particular Buckleupallofus kids safety campaign effort was first introduced by Hasbro Children’s Hospital, 4-Safety Organization and LifeSpan Hospitals as a community outreach involving statewide safety events and hospital distribution of a coloring cartoons series. I was asked me to create and illustrate the series a few years ago and the cartoons are passed out directly to kids and parents that attend these venues across the state of Rhode Island.
The campaign partner and sponsor is Dunkin’ Donuts. We hosted and participated at community events and safety days reminding kids and adults about vehicle entrapment prevention with a variety of safety coloring cartoons and safety messages – until the Covid virus put us on hold over the past two years.
This week’s Mother’s Day Sunday Cartoon features some very cool classic cars and hot rods for the kids to color in, along with some of those vehicle entrapment prevention messages and safety tips: keep keys away from kids; keep vehicle doors locked; trunks are for cargo, not kids; and keep three feet away kids. All are valuable safety messages that can help keep children safer around vehicles.
I would like to thank our new Buckleupallofus Kids Safety Partners: Staples Stores and Backroad Enterprises of South Carolina. Staples is providing kids and students with Bucky safety coloring posters and students care packages with products manufactured by Elmer’s, Expo, PaperMate and Sharpie. Backroads Enterprises started distributing Bucky, Fearless Dino Protector Squad and Itty Bitty Super Dupers coloring posters to thousands of kids and parents this weekend in the states of South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee at flea markets, community events and car shows.
Happy Mother’s Day to all of you Mom’s out there!
Jim Weicherding is a Burrillville resident, and the founder and creator of an award-winning traffic safety effort Seasons of Safety. Weicherding contributes kids’ coloring cartoons, which can be printed and used to help parents discuss safety issues with their children. He has a long list of police officers and firefighters in his family and has worked with law enforcement and firefighters in a creative public safety capacity for more than two decades. Jim was also appointed to Children Across America as their events and creative director for their child safety programs initiatives and outreach kids safety campaigns nationwide