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ASSE Charleston Chapter Donates Toys, Safety Equipment to Marines

Posted in on Thu, Dec 10, 2009

Charleston, S. Carolina (December 10, 2009) — Noting that they work every day to make sure their co-workers stay safe and healthy on the job, members of the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Charleston Chapter, known as the ASSE Low Country Chapter, are helping their community by donating bicycle helmets, elbow pads and knee pads to the annual U.S. Marine Corps Reserve “Toys for Tots” drive. Chapter President Jayne Carswell, CSP, also organized a toy drive at her workplace, ITT Communications Systems, and has challenged chapter members to have toy drives at their workplaces in an effort to help children enjoy the holiday, and safely.

In late November the chapter presented more than 30 toys to the Marines’ “Toys for Tots” program representatives at its meeting. Half of the donated gifts were bike helmets, knee and elbow pads. In addition, the chapter donated $200 to the program allowing the Marines to purchase additional toys. The Marines noted that many bikes are donated each year, but rarely provide safety helmets and pads, which are also needed to increase safety.

“With our individual financial commitments, most of us can only afford to donate one helmet, but each of us can certainly do more,” Carswell says. “This is a difficult time for all of us, but if we can extend our occupational safety and health expertise to our community by helping children stay safe, this small investment will pay off in many ways. As we teach children the importance of being safe they will carry that with them as they age and move into the workplace.”

Carswell also noted that toys are also welcome. “Every bit helps and will be much appreciated,” Carswell said.

The chapter also initiated a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) drive to benefit the local “Habitat for Humanity”. “Habitat for Humanity” PPE needs, in order of preference, are: safety glasses, gloves, ear plugs and Tyveks. Donations are being accepted at chapter meetings through February 2010. The PPE drive is being led by ASSE member Pat Rhea, CSP.

The ASSE Low Country Chapter was established in 1982 as one of 16 chapters in the ASSE Region VI, which represents the mid-Atlantic area of the U.S. For more information regarding these activities, how you can participate and when and where the chapter meetings will be held please go to

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. ASSE’s more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, health care and education. Go to for more information and safety tips.
P.S. The presentation was covered on one of their local news stations.

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