'Lids for Kids'


Photo courtesy of Sinas Dramis

The annual “Lids for Kids” bike helmet giveaway took place May 20 at the Marshall Fire Station in Lansing, when 438 free bike helmets were given away.

Eighteen children won bicycles, thanks to the generosity of several local businesses and individuals. Numerous other prizes were given away, including passes to Impression 5 Science Museum and NCG Cinema.

Children and their families enjoyed photo opportunities with the Michigan State University mascot “Sparty” and “The Big Lug” mascot from the Lansing Lugnuts baseball team; as well as face painting, decorating bike helmets, games, meeting firefighters and police officers, and checking out a fire engine and police vehicles.

Members of Lansing’s Masonic Temple Lodge #33 provided free Child ID kits.

The 2017 Lids for Kids was sponsored by the Sinas Dramis Law Firm, Brain Injury Association of Michigan, Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center and the Michigan Association for Justice. Local media partners included WLAJ and WLNS, and 92.9 WLMI. WLNS-6 evening news anchor Sheri Jones, emceed the event.

Originally, Lids for Kids was held in Lansing and was called Heads Up for Safety. In recent years, the event has expanded to Grand Rapids and Traverse City. Since Lids for Kids first began, more than 7,600 bike helmets have been distributed to Michigan children.