Due to current health and safety precautions surrounding the global pandemic COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Lids for Kids events in Traverse City, Lansing, and Grand Rapids. Due to the nature of these events and the need to be in close physical contact to properly fit children with helmets, we feel this is the best way to protect event-goers, their families, volunteers, and our communities at this time.
Please continue to use lidsforkidsmi.org as a resource for all things helmet safety. Our Lids for Kids Facebook page is also a great resource as spring rounds the corner and more and more families are using this time to get outside and explore more outdoor hobbies.
We will be back with a bang in 2021 and we look forward to seeing you!
-Your Lids for Kids Helmet Fitting Crew
Despite another year of rain, our 2019 Grand rapids Lids for Kids set event record. We properly fit and handed out 650+ helmets to West Michigan kids.
Children who attended Lids for Kids not only received free bike helmets but also had them custom fitted by trained volunteers. It’s not enough to just wear a bicycle helmet — proper fit helps prevent brain injury in a bike accident even more when compared to a loose or wobbly helmet.
In addition to getting free bike helmets in Grand Rapids, several children won brand-new bikes and other prizes generously donated by local businesses and organizations.
The Grand Rapids Police Department and Grand Rapids Fire Department were on hand to meet families, give fire engine tours, and show kids the workings of a police vehicle. The Grand Rapids firefighter of the year, Matt Keusch, also stopped by. For the second year in a row, the Cosplay Crusaders came for a visit and kids were able to meet Captain America and Bat Girl. West Michigan FOX 17 once again helped emcee the event and Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss stopped by to chat with families and help promote bicycle safety.
The Sinas Dramis Law Firm has a longstanding commitment to promoting and advocating bicycle safety across Michigan.
In keeping with this commitment, in June 2014 we held the first Lids for Kids event in Grand Rapids. Along with our gracious co-sponsors and community partners, we are able to fit children with free, brand-new bicycle helmets, just in time for summer riding.
As a that has represented injured people across Michigan, we understand the importance of putting safety first. Unfortunately, we have seen cases where kids have sustained catastrophic brain injuries because they were not wearing a bike helmet, or were wearing a helmet that did not fit properly. We have also seen instances where children’s lives were saved because they wore a properly fitted helmet. In fact, research shows that a majority of bicycle-related brain injuries could be prevented by simply wearing a properly fitted helmet.
Because we believe in preventing injury before it happens, we have made a commitment to distribute bike helmets in the communities that we serve. We are proud to be able to help hundreds of children in West Michigan who might not otherwise get a bike helmet.
Lids for Kids Grand Rapids is sponsored by Sinas Dramis Law Firm and Brain Injury Association of Michigan. Our community partners include Grand Rapids Public Schools, Fox 17, Grand Rapids Fire Department, Hope Network, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation, Garfield Park Neighborhoods Association, GoGoSqueez, and Applied Imaging.
We thank all the community partners for helping to make this important event happen. We’ll see you again next year!