Covenant Health and Kohl’s are partnering together to raise awareness and fight child abuse through a program called Kohl’s Safety Scene.
On Saturday, Dec. 19, Kohl’s representatives will present a check for $22,680 to the Covenant Children’s Hospital. The presentation will take place at 11:45 a.m. at the Knipling Education Conference Center located on the sixth floor of the west parking garage at the corner of 21st Street and Louisville Avenue.
The money donated by Kohl’s was raised through the Kohl’s Cares for Kid’s® philanthropic program dedicated to children’s health and education initiatives nationwide.
Throughout the year, Kohl’s sells special Kohl’s Cares for Kids® merchandise such as books and plush toys with 100 percent of the net profits benefiting children nationwide. Since 2004, Kohl’s in Lubbock has donated a total of $89,629.61 to the Covenant Children’s Hospital.
The Kohl’s Safety Scene program will be implemented through PSAs that focus on the prevention and awareness of child abuse.
In Lubbock, the rate of confirmed victims of child abuse is 22.7 per every 1,000 children. Regionally, the abuse “epidemic” increased by 15 percent this past year. It is the worst in the state and 103 percent more than the state as a whole.
Since the economic downturn, the number of Shaken Baby Syndrome patients treated in the Pediatric Emergency Department has doubled, followed by physical abuse and neglect cases.
The check presentation on Saturday will be held in conjunction with Covenant’s free Annual Pediatric Oncology Christmas Party in honor of kids that have received cancer treatment at Covenant’s Children’s Hospital.
Close to 300 people are expected to be in attendance at the oncology party Saturday. At the party the kids will receive gifts, participate in crafts and games and listen to music. The kids will also have the opportunity to visit with Santa Clause.