Hard Hats for Little Heads Marks 20 Years

TMA's Hard Hats for Little Heads bike helmet giveaway program turns 20 years old this month. In celebration of this milestone, TMA recognized program founder Larry C. Driver, MD, of Houston, at TexMed 2014 in Fort Worth. Read about Dr. Driver's brainchild in the December 2011 issue of Texas Medicine

During the TMA House of Delegates meeting, TMA "passed the helmet" and raised nearly $6,500 for the Hard Hats program. The donations will provide 1,600 Texas children with a helmet..

Dr. Driver's resolution to the house in 1994 initiated the program. It encouraged physicians to take an active role in protecting the health of young Texans by providing bike helmets and by educating them about how to wear them properly. Since 1993, TMA physicians, TMA Alliance members, and medical students have hosted thousands of helmet giveaway events and given more than 175,000 children a new helmet. 

This year, Hard Hats for Little Heads is trying to give away 34,000 helmets, an all-time annual record. We are nearly one-third of the way there but need to give away 23,000 more. We need your help to achieve that goal. 

Sponsoring a giveaway is easy. TMA provides helmets, fact sheets, publicity, merchandise, event material, and more. And for the first 50 helmets you purchase, TMA gives you another 50 helmets free. Helmets are $7.35 each, including shipping.

Email TMA's outreach coordinator, or call (800) 880-1300, ext. 1470, or (512) 370-1470 to learn more about hosting an event.

Hard Hats for Little Heads is made possible through a grant from the TMA Foundation thanks to top donors — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, Prudential, and two anonymous foundations — and generous gifts from physicians and their families, and friends of medicine. 

Action, May 16, 2014