For the eighth year in a row, the Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn Fund for Children’s Advocacy, also known as HKQ Kids, will give away free bicycle helmets to hundreds of Northeastern Pennsylvania children as part of its ongoing efforts to promote child safety in the region.
Since HKQ Kids started the helmet program in 2008, the organization founded by personal injury Attorney Joe Quinn of the law firm of Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn has equipped more than 7,700 children with free bike helmets. Last year, HKQ Kids gave away more than 1,300 helmets and is planning to stock another 1,300 this year to meet the expected demand.
“Over the past eight years, our annual helmet giveaway has turned into a wonderful community event,” said HKQ Kids spokeswoman Attorney Michelle M. Quinn. “It’s so much fun meeting so many children from our area. Our entire firm looks forward to this event every year.”
The annual event will be held July Fourth from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the annual fireworks celebration at Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre. Children are required to be 12 or under and accompanied by an adult to receive a helmet. All helmets distributed by HKQ Kids meet U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission standards, and each helmet comes equipped with a user’s manual and CPSC label of certification.
HKQ Kids was established in October 2005 to promote child safety through community outreach and educational programs. The fund is administered by the Luzerne Foundation.