The Gracie Lee Haught (GLH) Children’s Memorial Fund recently received 75 car seats from the Arizona Department of Health Services to aid in its mission to keep Rim Country children safe.
“We received boy and girl car seats — brown for the boys and pink for the girls,” said Louise Echols, coordinator of the GLH Foundation.
The GLH Foundation was started after 3-year-old Gracie Lee Haught died in a tragic accident. Her family decided to honor her memory by launching a foundation to promote the health, safety and wellness of the children in the Rim Country.
The GLH Foundation now provides car seats and bike helmets to needy families, in addition to assisting families that have emergency medical bills.
Arizona law requires any driver transporting a child under the age of 5 to properly restrain the child. If a driver does not have the proper car seat, depending on the city where the driver is stopped, fines can total up to $150.
The GLH Foundation offers two different types of seats — infant seats, designed for children weighing from seven to 20 pounds, and convertible seats for children weighing seven to 40 pounds.
Working with the fire and police departments of surrounding communities, the GLH Foundation puts on a Safety First program at the different stations throughout the Rim Country.
“Native Air brings helicopters. This year we’ll do our program in Pine,” said Echols.