Help prevent vehicular heatstroke

At least 17 children have already died this year from vehicular heatstroke.

On July 31, National Heatstroke Prevention Day, the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, Safe Kids and the Administration for Children and Families will try to raise awareness about the dangers of kids and hot cars.

Did you know:

  • On a hot day, a child’s temp heats up to 5 times faster than an adult’s does.
  • High body temperatures can cause permanent injury or even death.
  • 52% of kids who died from vehicular heatstroke were “forgotten” in the vehicle.
    In more than 29% of cases of fatal heatstroke, a child got into the vehicle on their own.
    Heatstroke deaths have happened even when vehicles were parked in shade and the temperatures were 80 degrees or less.
    If you see a child alone in a hot vehicle, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.
    If the child is in distress due to heat, get them out as quickly as possible. Cool the child rapidly
    (not an ice bath but by spraying them with cool water or with a garden hose). Visit

Draw Down is drawing near


The eighth annual Draw Down is just three weeks away!

That means our staff, board members and volunteers are going into overdrive to make sure everything is ready for another great evening of food, fun and fundraising. On Wednesday we met to discuss last-minute details and distribute materials.

One highlight of the live auction: a custom-made pirogue!

Hope to see you there.

Think First Drive Smart targets teen drivers


Where do teens get their information? A lot of it comes from social media.

That’s why we created Think First Drive Smart, a safe driving campaign carried out on Facebook and Twitter. Its mission is to support young drivers as they learn to become safe drivers their parents will trust with the keys. TFDS was created by ThinkFirst of the Ark-La-Tex in partnership with the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

Check out our safety messages at and, then encourage any teens you know to follow us.