August 5, 2011
By Chloe Morrison
TAC Air – the company that operates the fixed-base operator at the local airport, providing general aviation at Lovell Field – will donate a portion of proceeds from August fuels sales to the children’s hospital.
Cindy Jackson at Erlanger said that news of additional funding for the Safe and Sound program means children and teens will have supplies to prevent unintentional injuries.
“It was a very, very nice surprise,” Jackson, who is an RN/CPN and heads up the Children’s Hospital at Erlanger program, said. “It really took me aback because I wasn’t expecting that.”
For every gallon of general aviation fuel pumped during the month of August, TAC Air will donate two cents to Children’s Hospital in Chattanooga.
“At TAC Air, we know the importance of keeping our customers and their equipment safe, sound and ready to travel,” General Manager of the Chattanooga FBO Pam McAllister said in a prepared statement. “That commitment led to the idea of donating part of our profits to keeping some of the smallest members of our community safe as well.”
She also said that two recent incidents involving children who were on bikes and struck by cars led them to donate to the Safe and Sound program.
From raising awareness about texting and driving, to donating helmets and car seats – the program aims to prevent injuries in children and teens age 14 and younger.
Officials with the program also seek to reach teenagers with the teen driving program, Jackson said.
“We’ll never be a revenue-producing department, so we really depend on this type of donations and grants to run our program,” she said. “Last year, we gave just over 300 car seats to people in need. We have given over 600 helmets to children in the community, including outlying areas (like Catoosa and Bledsoe counties).”
Jackson said that preventative measures help save on health care costs in the long run.
“Even if it makes a difference to one child, that makes a difference to me,” she said.