Lids for Kids event is June 29

ALAMOSA — When helicopters, fire trucks and free bikes come together, it may seem like a dream come true for kids!

SLV Health will be celebrating the 2nd Annual Lids for Kids event on Thursday June 29th from 4-6:30 p.m. at Cole Park in Alamosa. Lids for Kids is a bike and helmet giveaway and safety event hosted by SLV Health. Children of all ages are eligible to have their name drawn to win a brand new bicycle and helmet.

The origins of Lids for Kids started last year when SLV Health wanted to connect with the community by promoting health, fitness and safety. Also, as a part of the new Trauma Level 3 status, the hospital needed to provide an injury prevention outreach project.

SLV Health Trauma Coordinator Julie Ramstetter reached out to Centura who agreed to donate 250 helmets. That donation gave way to the idea of giving away bikes to the youth in the community. From generous donations from SLV Health staff and SLV Health Volunteer Services, the hospital was able to purchase more than 100 bikes last year! This year there will be 200 bikes for children to win.

Similar to last year, there will be safety booths for children, sponsored by SLVH Pediatrics, CPR, Centura Health, Red Cross and many more. There’s a lot of learning. Every station has its learning aspect.

Last year, more than 1,000 people attended the event and met Alamosa firefighters, Alamosa EMS crew, Alamosa police and the SLV Health crew. Come see the Eagle Air helicopter land at 12 p.m. noon, and have the chance to tour the helicopter.

This event brings safety, health and awareness to the forefront. A host of fun and games keeps the mood light. Children will receive a free sno-cone or ice cream when they register for the bike drawing. Elks Lodge will be handing out Child Print ID kits. A barbecue will be available for a small donation to benefit SLV Health’s Helping Hands program.

Children will have a chance to mingle with the clinical staff and doctors of SLV Health, and the Alamosa Fire Department will be spraying the audience from their fire truck.

“We’re excited to provide this safety event and love giving back to the community,” said Patti Thompson, CCO of SLV Health.

Come out and enjoy, learn and have a good time at the 2017 Lids for Kids event hosted by SLV Health.

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