Kids In Danger
September 18, 2008
I am a Chicago Mom who became a Consumer Advocate in July 2003 after my then 5yr. old son, Andrew, was nearly strangled to death by a toy called the Yo-Yo Water Ball.
I had heard about Kids In Danger from a friend of mine whose 2 yr. old son had died in an accident at home 6 months earlier. She suggested that I contact KID about my son's incident so I did.
I spoke with Nancy Cowles, Executive Director at KID about my concerns. I was more than impressed with her vast knowledge of the consumer product safety system and her willingness to assist be in trying to get the word out about the dangerous toy that almost killed my child. I put my stoy on the KID site so that parents around the country could learn of the dangers this toy posed to their children.
I also wanted to make sure that this toy was removed from the market place so I started a grassroots campaign to get the toy banned on both a state and national level. I successfully lobbied Illinois lawmakers to ban the toy back in 2005 and have worked with lawmakers in NJ and NY who have also passed state bans. I have also worked with Congressional Members and Consumer Advocacy Groups like KID on this important child safety issue. They have all written numerous letters to the Consumer Product Safety Commission in support of a national ban of the Yo-Yo Water Ball and continue to support my work.
I had the honor of testifying at a Congressional Hearing in 2004 along side Nancy Cowles and Linda Ginzel, Founder of KID about the safety issues plaguing our consumers and what should be done about it. These two women are simply amazing. They have dedicated themselves to protecting children from dangerous products and continue to bring their mission public. I know that KID's work has saved the lives of so many children by making sure that people are informed about dangerous products before accidents happen.
The Consumer Product Safety Impovement Act of 2008 was recently signed into law. KID worked tirelessly on pushing through this legislation and making sure that it contained the necessary mandates to protect our children.
It seems that the CPSC and manufactures still continue to put profit before people. But thankfully, there is KID; who always puts children first! I am grateful to KID for continuing to push for stronger laws to protect children from unsafe products! I will continue to work KID on my advocacy work and will remain an avid supporter of KID!
There are still dangerous products in the market place but KID continues to bring these issues into the spotlight to protect us.
I applaud KID for their efforts in making this world a safer place for our children! Parents around the country are fortunate to have KID on their side!
Kudos to Kid In Danger!
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
The passage of The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Be proud that I am making the world a safer place for our children!
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
there willingness to do what ever it takes to get the word out to consumers about dangerouys children's products.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
extremely knowledgable about the consumer product safety system. Always professional and willing to help.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
continue to make the world a safer place by promoting programs nationwide on child safety issues.
Ways to make it better...
KID has surpassed my expectations of an agency of this type.
In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...
making sure that they have the necessaryfunds to keep the organization alive in a struggling economy.
One thing I'd also say is that...
We are lucky to have an organization like Kid In Danger who makes children's safety their #1 priority!
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Professional with expertise in this field & Successfully Lobbied IL Lawmakers to ban dangerous toy.