“I do it for the kids,” Port Lavaca family physician John B. Wright, MD, says of the Texas Medical Association’s Hard Hats for Little Heads program. “Giving out helmets is an opportunity for me to help my community and make kids safe.”
Dr. Wright, along with Port Lavaca Clinic Associates, has hosted an annual Hard Hats event since 2013. The local police department helps educate children about bike safety and register kids’ bikes. The kids enjoy game booths and a drawing for bikes at the event, which takes place in the clinic parking lot.
Dr. Wright, a cyclist and member of TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads Physician Advisory Panel, says it warms his heart to see kids smile as they are fitted for a helmet. Better yet, he says, is seeing kids wear the helmets as they ride around town.
You, too, can reap the rewards of hosting a helmet giveaway. Your next big opportunity is in October, which TMA designates as Hard Hats for Little Heads Month. We have everything you need to host a successful giveaway, including helmets, publicity and media support, and educational materials. Also, TMA will include your event on a list that goes to media outlets in cities where events will occur during the month.
Pediatricians and family physicians get a special benefit of 50 helmets to give away:
- The Texas Pediatric Society will cover the cost for members to purchase up to 25 helmets, and TMA will provide an equal match of free helmets.
- Family physicians get the same perk, thanks to a donation from the Texas Academy of Family Physicians (TAFP). Helmets are available to TAFP members and nonmembers on a first-come, first-served basis while funding lasts.
You can purchase additional helmets at TMA’s low price of $7.60 each, including shipping. Be sure to order your helmets a month in advance to allow time for delivery.
To find out how you can host a helmet giveaway, contact Tammy Wishard, TMA outreach coordinator, at 512-370-1470.
The TMA Foundation funds TMA’s Hard Hats for Little Heads program in 2018 thanks to its Legacy of Caring Endowment and top donors — an anonymous physician and spouse, TMAF Make-A-Difference donors, and the Texas Academy of Family Physicians — plus generous unrestricted gifts from TMA and TMA Alliance members, and friends of medicine.