Since its inception more than 25 years ago, Legacy Helmet Sales has distributed 130,000 low-cost helmets in the Portland area.
Last year Trauma Nurses Talk Tough (TNTT) – a Legacy Health service, aided by the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association – distributed 5,000 helmets.
This summer, three of the sales events are scheduled at nearby Legacy Emanuel Hospital, 2801 N. Gantenbein Ave. All will be in the Atrium from 4 to 8 pm. June 6, July 25 and Aug. 22. A June 23 event is scheduled at Good In the Hood King School Park, at 6th Avenue and Humboldt Street, from noon to 4 p.m.
The goal is put an end to preventable injuries and deaths, which the trauma nurses and trial lawyers report they see altogether too many each year.
State law mandates anyone younger than 16 must wear a safety helmet labeled “ANSI” and/or “Snell approved” while on bikes, scooters, skateboards and in-line skates while in public places.
Legacy Helmet Sales, however, sells bicycle and multi-sport helmets in toddler through adult sizes. The price for each is $6. At sales events, professionals and volunteers fit and adjust the helmets for each recipient.
In fact, more volunteers are needed for this year’s events, and training is provided. To volunteer, contact Geri Bartz at GBartz@lhs.org or 503.413.1092.
TNTT’s mission is to teach people of every age how to reduce risk of injury through properly fitted bicycle helmets, proper use of car seat and seat belts, safe driving, and a reduction in falls by senior citizens.
For more information about the TNTT program, visit bit.ly/2LqwTCY. For details about the helmet program and sales, call 503.413.4960.