Each year, the Kidz in Motion Conference recognizes individuals who dedicate themselves to keeping children safe in vehicles. This year, our very own CPSDarren was nominated and recognized as a CPS Hero. Besides being a SafetyBeltSafe USA board member and coordinator of his local Safe Kids (no small feats indeed), we know him best as the founder of www.Car-Seat.org, our favorite car seat and vehicle safety question forum where we can hang out and discuss all things car seat. Please bear with me as I wax nostalgic for a moment. Back when c-s.org (as we affectionately know it) started in 2001, we had the occasional question here and there. I noticed the questions tended toward the technical side rather than the fluff side and there were many more posts by men. Made me wonder where Darren was advertising the site, lol! In the past few years, membership has grown phenomenally and we no longer are just about car seats and vehicles (and the vast majority of questions and participants are women!). We have a strollers forum, an area for swapping items, an off-topic area–the fun and community abounds. And that’s what we love–the community.
So thanks, Darren, for giving us a community. Thanks for giving volunteer techs a place to go where they can prove they are every bit as valuable and professional as their paid counterparts. Thanks for giving us a place to earn our CEUs with interesting chats when our local resources don’t have anything available. Thanks for giving us an outlet to practice our communication skills. Thanks for giving parents a place to go to ask questions. I remember being that parent 8 years ago who had questions and nowhere to go. Who knows how many thousands of parents have been helped or how many kids’ lives have been changed because of the help they’ve received at Car-Seat.org?
Now, to switch gears back to the last day of KIM.