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Calendar Sales Fund Free Car Seats for La. Families in Need

Calendars available at all participating La. SONIC Drive-In locations

A statewide program that has provided nearly 3,000 free child safety seats for Louisiana families in need is back for the fourth straight year.

The program is a partnership of state safety officials, University Medical Center New Orleans and SONIC Drive-In locations in Louisiana. The car seats are funded by sales of SONIC Drive-in’s Tot Calendar, which is on sale now through February at all participating Louisiana SONIC Drive-In locations.

Each calendar is $5 and all proceeds benefit the child safety seat program. The calendars include more than $45 in coupons that are good for purchases at Louisiana drive-ins only, along with tips for using car seats correctly.

Since 2016, SONIC Drive-In crew members in Louisiana have raised a total of $163,000 in calendar sales, which has paid for 2,750 car seats.

“These literally save the lives of kids who wouldn’t otherwise have a car seat,” says Ted Kergan, owner of Kergan Bros. Sonic Group, the state’s largest SONIC franchisee. “This is an initiative that our customers love, and our crews are proud to support. It’s a perfect fit for SONIC’s drive-in culture, and best of all, the program works.”

SONIC Drive-Ins also support National Seat Check Saturday, an annual, statewide event in which the Louisiana Passenger Safety Task Force and University Medical Center New Orleans offer free child safety seat education. Nationally certified child safety seat technicians educate the community on the proper use and installation of their child’s safety seat. A video with more information on the program is available here.

“Car crashes kill three children every day across the country. A child safety seat is the best way to prevent these injuries, but the seat must be used properly,” says Bridget Gardner, a registered nurse and coordinator of the Community Injury Prevention Program at UMC New Orleans. “These programs do both ‒ they provide seats to needy families and ensure the seats are used correctly.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: A high resolution jpg of the Tot Calendar is available here.