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Helmet giveaway promotes bike safety

POSTED: August 13, 2014 10:51 p.m.
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Brooklyn Sargent, 9, unloads her new helmet and other stuff on dad Jonathan. Brooklyn and sister London, 6, of Clermont, stopped off on their way home when they saw the Safe Kids Gainesville/Hall County giveaway, Jonathan Sargent said.

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Five area organizations teamed up to make a safer community Wednesday in Clermont. The main attraction under the Clay E. Gailey Park pavilion was free bicycle helmets for kids from Safe Kids Gainesville/Hall County. Safe Kids coordinator Kim Martin said the organizations gave away about 50 helmets between 4 and 6 p.m. Clermont parent Jonathan Sargent was driving by with his daughters and spotted the event. “They love to ride bikes, almost every day,” Sargent said of daughters Brooklyn, 9, and London, 6. “Brooklyn was so excited to get a new one because she’s outgrown hers.” Six employees from Kohl’s Flowery Branch store’s  Associates in Action came to help and brought along a $500 donation for Safe Kids. The event was also to collect out-of-date prescription pills, distribute small lockboxes and offer kids and parents information on concussions — timely advice with football season approaching, Martin said. Hall County Sheriff’s Office and Fire Services employees, as well as a McEver Elementary School nurse, were also on hand. Sheriff’s deputies will incinerate the collected medicines, Martin said.



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