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SOURCE Amscot Financial
Over the past 10 years, Amscot has given away nearly 50,000 free bike helmets. The company will partner with local law enforcement agencies in 16 Florida counties to help make sure that children receive properly fitted helmets.
TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Amscot Financial, a leading provider of convenient, consumer-oriented financial services, will donate and distribute 12,232 free bike helmets on Saturday, Oct. 19 in 16 Florida counties where the company operates branch locations.
The helmets are available in three sizes: small, medium and large, and are being targeted towards children in pre-school and elementary school. They will be distributed from 9 a.m. to noon by Amscot Financial managers and by law enforcement personnel in the parking lots of the locations listed below. The locations include four branches in Miami-Dade County and one in Broward County, reflecting Amscot's recent expansion into South Florida.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Florida leads the nation in bicycle-related deaths. In 2011, the most recent year statistics are available, 125 bicycle-related deaths were recorded in Florida.1 In one medical study, 79 percent of all patients for bicycling related injuries were between the ages of 5 and 14.2 Moreover, studies have shown that bicycle helmets – when properly worn – can prevent 88 percent of serious brain injuries.3
This marks the 11th year that Amscot Financial has donated and distributed free bike helmets in counties where it does business.
"Bike helmets save lives. We know that. We have had customers in the past who have come in to tell us how a helmet was instrumental in preventing a serious injury to their children," said Ian MacKechnie, founder and CEO of Amscot Financial. "That is a big reason why we commit to this bike helmet program year after year. We want to ensure that children who live in our communities have access to a properly fitted helmet."
Founded in 1989, Amscot Financial employs more than 2,000 associates who work at more than 200 retail branches and at the company's corporate headquarters in Tampa. The company currently operates retail locations in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Polk, Hardee, Highlands, Manatee, Sarasota, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake, Volusia, Brevard, Marion, Citrus, Flagler, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.
Locations for the bike helmet giveaway include the following Amscot branches:
About Amscot Financial
Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., Amscot Financial is a leading provider of convenient, consumer-oriented financial services, including check cashing, bill payment, money transfers, cash advances, prepaid cards and money orders through its wholly owned division, Amscot International Money Order Company. Amscot Financial currently operates more than 200 retail financial service centers throughout Florida and employs more than 2,000 employees. Amscot Financial has been recognized by the Tampa Bay Business Journal as one of Tampa Bay's Best Places to Work for five years. For additional information, please visit the company's website at www.amscot.com.
1 Traffic Safety Facts, 2011 Data, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811743.pdf
2 National Center for Biotechnology Information; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18936286 via Florida Cycling Law Blog; http://floridacyclinglaw.com/blog/archives/bicycle-helmet-lawsuits
3 Pediatrics, Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics; http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/108/4/1030.full.pdf+html
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