Each year, approximately 3,600 babies die suddenly and unexpectedly in the United States in early childhood. This is called Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome or SUID and is the leading cause of death in babies 1 month to 1 year old. Many of these deaths are due to babies being placed in unsafe sleeping environments. These tragic losses could have been avoided by caregivers by following the ABCs of safe sleep – babies sleeping ALONE, on their BACK and in an empty BED.

To provide safe sleep education and other free resources to community residents, Public Health – EveryOne Reach One Maternal & Infant Vitality Task Force of Dayton and Montgomery County is hosting a Drive-Thru Safe Sleep Event to Saturday October 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Job Center – Montgomery County Job & Family Services, 1111 South Edwin C. Moses Blvd. in Dayton.

This is a drive-through event only. Participants must enter at the north entrance of the Employment Center parking lot. A pack of balloons and a volunteer will indicate the correct entry.

Participants who register will receive a gift bag with a t-shirt, baby jumpsuit and other freebies. Free game packs will be distributed along with safe sleep education for pregnant mothers and eligible families with babies under one year old. Plus, those with a recalled reclining sleeper can exchange it for a $ 25 Kroger gift card while supplies last. Only sleepers on this list will be eligible for exchange.

EveryOne Reach One Maternity and Infant Vitality Task Force Director Nan-c Moss Vann explains: “Sudden and unexpected infant death disproportionately affects people of color and low-income families. We want parents and caregivers to know that there are simple steps they can take to protect and keep sleeping infants safe. We hope everyone takes advantage of this unique opportunity as we have so many great resources to offer, and the drive-thru format will allow people to stay in their vehicles and come and go quickly and safely.

All participants must pre-register for this event at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/safe-sleep-drive-thru-tickets-180980055217


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