Matagorda Episcopal Health Outreach Program (MEHOP) will hold an event Friday, Sept. 29 to replace car seats lost due to Hurricane Harvey.
The state of Texas has provided car seats to be given away during the month of September for those that were damaged by the storm. A car seat needs to be replaced if it got wet in a flooded vehicle or home.
This will be the second event held in September. MEHOP already has given away 93 car seats for infants, toddlers and small children and has another 75 left to give away.
Friday’s car seat giveaway will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 101 Ave. F North in Bay City on a first come, first serve basis. You do not need an appointment and the child does not need to be present but you will need their weight and height to insure you receive the proper car seat.
While September’s car seat giveaway is a special event open to everyone who had flood damage to their car seats, MEHOP does have a Safe Riders program that is ongoing throughout the year.
For the Safe Riders program, families must register for a one-hour class. They can contact Mirna Sanchez with MEHOP at 979-245-2479 to sign up or for more information. All low-income families who travel on the Texas highways are eligible. If you are pregnant you must be in your last trimester to register. Only one car seat per family is given out during the regular ongoing program. The car seats are provided by Safe Riders to MEHOP in cooperation with the Texas Department of Transportation.