Children get free bicycle helmets at Kirby Park event
July 4th, 2015
WILKES-BARRE — The spirit of both celebration and safety prevailed at Kirby Park on Saturday in spite of rain showers that had many taking shelter under umbrellas and in tented areas of the Fourth of July fireworks annual event.
For the eighth consecutive year, children 12 and under were given free bicycle helmets as a result of the efforts of the HKQ Law Foundation for Children’s Advocacy, also known as HKQ Kids and administered by the Luzerne Foundation.
To Attorney Michelle M. Quinn, spokesman for HKQ Kids, the effort provided an opportunity to both give back to the community and to spend time with several generations of her family.
Daughter Emily Aikens, 11, was on hand, enthusiastically giving away helmets, knowing that recipients would be safe as they took to the streets on their bikes, or tricycles.
“Its really neat when you’re driving down the street and you see someone with the HKQ helmet on,” Aikens said. “You know they are putting them to good use.”
Attorney Joseph A. Quinn, Jr., a senior partner at the firm, father of Michelle and grandfather of Emily, joined in the feeling of family and community, which he said drives the firm.
“Eight years ago we had a very good year and sharing it with others seemed like absolutely the right thing to do,” said Joseph A. Quinn. “Throughout the years, it has been more than a pleasure to help others.”
In addition to the helmet giveaway, HKQ kids also runs other community-based programs throughout the year, including a Toys in Toyland program during the Christmas season, which educates parents in regard to toy safety.
Michelle Quinn said it was anticipated that over 1,300 helmets would be given away, with 13,000 helmets having been given away during the event’s history.
Sue Greenfield, event organizer and office manager, lauded the firm’s employees for their commitment to the event and to helping members of the community.
“Early this morning, even during a downpour, volunteers were here setting up the tent and getting ready for the giveaway,” said Greenfield.
She estimated 40 to 50 volunteers from the firm participated in the event throughout the day.
For Chris Gulliksen, 4, receipt of the helmet seemed like perfect timing.
“He recently go his first bicycle,” said father, Christopher, “and now he has a helmet to go with it.”
Beth Mullen, brought her children out to get helmets, both to keep them safe as atop their bikes and as an opportunity to spend family time together.
Although special bags were provided to tote the helmets home, Cainen Mullen, 5, didn’t see the need for carrying the helmet when he could wear it home.
“He loves riding his bike,” said Beth Mullen. “He learned when he was just a little over 4.”
Heidi McDonough of Dunmore brought her three sons to get a helmet to keep them safe in style.
Even son Declan, 15 months, is looking forward to riding a “balance bike” in the near future, accompanied by brothers Colin, 4, and Elliott, 3.
All helmets distributed at the event meet U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission standards, and came equipped with a user’s manual and CPSC label of certification.
About HKQ Law
HKQ Law is considered one of the top civil litigation and commercial law firms in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The firm’s Personal Injury Team has won some of the largest verdicts and settlements in the region's history and was recently recognized for one of the top 20 Verdicts in Pennsylvania.
The Personal Injury Team, led by Attorney Joseph A. Quinn, Jr. focuses on a wide array of personal injury claims and civil litigation, including medical malpractice, auto and truck accidents, aviation accidents, unsafe vehicles, dangerous or defective products, workplace injuries (worker's compensation), construction site accidents, claim denials by insurance companies, dangerous drugs, defective children's products, nursing home abuse and neglect, and falls due to unsafe conditions (slip and fall).
Attorney Joseph A. Quinn, Jr. is one of only 100 attorneys in the United States (and one of only three in Pennsylvania) honored with membership in the Inner Circle of Trial Advocates, and one of only 500 attorneys worldwide chosen to be a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He has been a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer every year since the program began and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America every year since the publication was established in 1987. Best Lawyers also named him top personal injury attorney for Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. In addition, Best Lawyers, in conjunction with U.S. News & World Report, has designated HKQ a Tier 1 Best Law Firm for personal injury and medical malpractice litigation in Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley.
Since the inception of the firm, the Commercial / Corporate Team led by Attorney Allan Kluger has provided comprehensive, integrated legal services to many of Northeastern and Eastern Pennsylvania's largest corporations, businesses, banks, non-profits and institutions, handling matters involving labor and employment, wills, trusts and estate planning, estate administration, elder law, commercial transactions, residential and commercial real estate, zoning, land use and development, telecommunications, mediations and arbitrations, commercial litigation, title insurance, business planning and business succession, corporate/business structuring, employment discrimination law for employers, banking, creditor’s rights, finance, lender liability defense, covenants not to compete, construction law, mergers and acquisitions and other business matters.
Additional information can be found at www.HKQLaw.com or by calling (800) 760-1529.