Child safety seats in the bank

October 10, 1997


Staff Writer

Last summer, Adam Barnhart's parents were all ready to bring him home from the hospital in a body cast when they realized there were no child safety seats for his special needs.

"I was worried all the way home, just 2 1/2 miles,'' said Jo Ellen Barnhart, mother of the two-year-old boy.

A telephone call to the Easter Seal Society in Washington County resulted in a special needs' seat being loaned to the family while Adam was in his cast.

That incident set the wheels in motion that has now resulted in a generous corporate grant from The Hagerstown Trust Co. for 50 regular and special needs' safety seats to the Easter Seal Society at 11 W. Baltimore St.


Some also will be at Washington County Hospital for use when children need to be transported home safely.

"I'm so deeply pleased that this has come about,'' said Jo Ellen Barnhart. She and her husband, Dave Barnhart, accompanied Adam to the Easter Seal Society office Friday for the official presentation of the new seats.

Bob Hoover, president of the Franklin/Adams County Easter Seal Society, was on hand to accept the seats from Don Harsh, Hagerstown Trust Co. president.

"We were only too happy to help,'' Harsh said. "We consider ourselves a family of families at Hagerstown Trust.''

Hoover said persons who need regular car seats and special needs' seats pay $25 up front for the use of a seat. When the seat is returned in good condition, a $20 refund is given.

Funds for many of the child safety seats available in the community come from clubs, businesses and even from General Motors which has bankrolled a huge corporate program to provide seats nationwide.

"City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va., is also affiliated with use,'' said Lin Harkcom of the Easter Seal Society in Washington County. Recently they needed a special needs' seat and one was provided by Washington County, Harkcom said.

For more information on the program and the availability of child safety seats for loan call 301-745-3828.

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