There’s Still Time to Join the Hard Hats Celebration in October
By Tammy Wishard


For more than a decade, the Lubbock County Medical Society Alliance has given away bike helmets at a Safety City event in Lubbock for local children. 

Next month, the Lubbock alliance will branch out and host a giveaway in Garza County as part of the 25th birthday celebration for the Texas Medical Association’s Hard Hats for Little Heads program. It will be one of more than 25 giveaways around the state during Hard Hats for Little Heads Month in October. 

Because of the success of the Safety City events, the Lubbock alliance also has hosted helmet giveaways at a local elementary school since 2015 as well as at a Juneteenth health fair. 

At that health fair, alliance members also have provided information on vaccinations through another TMA outreach program: Be Wise – ImmunizeSM

Janice Stachowiak, MD, an alliance member who regularly volunteers at the events (second from left above), says the alliance is selective about which events to attend. “We want a place where there is a need,” Dr. Stachowiak said. 

There’s still time to come to the 25th birthday party, and you are invited to promote bicycle safety in your community.

TMA has everything you need to host a helmet giveaway, from helmets and publicity tools to educational materials. When you purchase up to 50 helmets, TMA boosts your giving power with an equal match of helmets. Helmets cost $7.85 each, including shipping. 

Request an event packet today or call Tammy Wishard, TMA outreach coordinator, at (512) 370-1470 if you have questions. Be sure to order your helmets and supplies at least three weeks in advance to ensure on-time delivery.

Hard Hats for Little Heads is supported in 2019 with a TMA Foundation grant thanks to its Legacy of Caring and General Endowments, and generous gifts from an anonymous physician and spouse and donors to TMAF’s Make-A-Difference and Greatest Need appeals.

Last Updated On

September 20, 2019

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Tammy Wishard

Tammy Wishard is TMA’s outreach coordinator. She manages TMA's award-winning Hard Hats for Little Heads and Be Wise — Immunize programs, and the Anson Jones, MD, Awards for excellence in health reporting. She has a 20-plus-year history with TMA, where she started as a writer/editor. Tammy, an Iowa native, is a graduate of Abilene Christian University.

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