Thursday, July 26th, 2001
SPCC offers child passenger safety help Car seat safety is an issue drawing a lot of attention especially during summer months when so many are traveling. According to the National Center for Health Statistics (1998 NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts), motor vehicle crashes account for nearly 42 percent of all unintentional childhood injury-related deaths.
Sussex Pregnancy Care Center (SPCC) announces that Tara Jones, program coordinator, has successfully completed the 32 hour-long course and final exam for NHTSA Standardized Child Passenger Safety Training. Jones is able to select and secure children in appropriate child restraint systems according to best practice guidelines.
SPCC distributes dozens of car seats to clients each year. "Having a Child Passenger Safety Technician on hand at the center will help take us one step closer to ensuring the safety and well being of the families we serve by educating and providing hands-on training with the parents on correct installation of car seats," a spokesperson said. "We have been a resource to Sussex County since 1985. Our Caring Hearts Support Program is an incentive program that combines education and material assistance to prepare for the birth and parenting of the child. Participating in Caring Hearts entitles clients to earn ‘Purchase Points,' with these purchase points they may receive baby items including cribs and car seats. "In conjunction with Caring Hearts we also offer an incentive program specifically for fathers entitled Building Foundations for Successful Dads. Father meet once a month to discuss topics such as defining responsible fatherhood, enhancing healthy communication and setting limits with children."
Also available to youth groups and schools in our community is a creative and comprehensive abstinence program. Those interested in learning more or in becoming a part of one of the programs may contact Jones at 856-4344.

Auxiliary to celebrate 50th
Sept. 12 will be a most special day for the Auxiliary of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, now known as Nanticoke Health Services. On that day the Auxiliary will celebrate 50 years of service to the hospital and communities the Seaford-based hospital serves.
More than 300 women gathered at the Seaford Fire Hall on that September day 50 years ago to form an auxiliary for the new hospital which was under construction. Earlier that year, some of the women began gathering in individual homes to make baby bibs, belly bands, gowns and receiving blankets.
The women organized and elected Mrs. Howard Callaway as the first president. The main purpose of the original group of women has continued and 50 years later the auxiliary, which now includes several males, still gives thousands of volunteer hours to special need areas within Nanticoke Hospital.
A special celebration will be held at the Seaford Golf and Country Club beginning at 11 a.m. Invitations will be mailed to all members and calling committee persons will make individual contacts for reservations.
Suzanne Smith, current president, and Virginia "Mike" Barton, anniversary celebration committee chairperson, encourage all members to attend.

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