The Justice for Children Foundation: PROTECTING CHILDREN, ONE HELMET AT A TIME
America’s Great Heads In Helmets Program ~ Preventing Children’s Brain Injuries
As an attorney since 1984, Howard Spiva focuses his law practice on traumatic injuries. He is on a QUEST to eliminate traumatic brain injuries to all children in America.
He plans to do this with our help.
This journey started in 1999, when as an attorney, he came to believe and realize that all children’s injuries are preventable. When Spiva founded the Justice For Children foundation. They began giving away tens of thousands of helmets to families for free.
They believe in giving away helmets in Fun & interesting ways. In their fun events, they show kids that helmets are cool!
They have balloons, clowns, celebrities, policemen, firemen, and lots of fun!
This mission, they are on is dedicated to honor Howard Spiva’s sister, Elaine who bravely fought and lost an 8 year battle with cancer in 2012. She co-founded The Justice for Children Foundation and this was her dream too.
Almost every risky activity that a child is involved in, they wear head protection. Baseball, football, bicycles, skate boards, martial arts, hockey players, motorcycles, scooters, snow mobiles, (Even race car drivers and bull riders wear helmets). One activity that children do not commonly wear protective head gear is as a passenger in a car or a car safety seat.
Most people may not realize how often a child in a car accident gets a brain injury for life. Too many times he has seen accidents where no one else in the car was injured, yet a child received a brain injury.
The saddest part is when a mother or father, in a car accident, their seat collapses and the back of their head smashes the child’s small forehead in. If she only knew ahead of time… Well with our help she can prevent the injury and avoid the guilt she would face.
Whether mild, moderate or severe, a brain injury to a child is usually devastating to a family. They want America to know that children’s injuries are no accident.
They want kids to know that Helmets are cool! Brain injuries produce lifelong disability from irreversible brain damage.
Most people may not realize:*
• 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries occur each year. *
• Children 0 to 19 have over 1/2 million Emergency room visits each year for brain injuries.*
• Children aged 0 to 4 years have the highest rates of Brian injury-related emergency room, hospitalizations, and deaths combined.*
• Car accidents are the leading cause of brain injury-related death. *
• Over 6000 children die each year from brain injuries.*
Helmets are a proven intervention that reduce the risk of bicycle-related head injury by about 80 percent.*
Spiva believe a helmet would also prevent or eliminate such injuries and deaths to children in cars as well.
His Quest will be accomplished by partnering up with attorneys in every city in America to give away helmets.
He knows that their objective can be achieved!
* Per CDC. National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
The Justice for Children Foundation: PROTECTING CHILDREN, ONE HELMET AT A TIME
Savannah, Georgia attorney, Howard Spiva, has been putting helmets on kids and promoting safety for children for decades. As an attorney since 1984, Howard saw too many “preventable injuries” to children and he and his family decided to step into action, starting the Justice for Children Foundation in 1999.
The Justice for Children Foundation is dedicated to educating parents and children on safety and the prevention of Traumatic Brain Injuries to children. “We provide FREE helmets to families to protect children in car wrecks. A child in a car safety seat is about the only activity remaining in America where head gear is not provided.” — Howard Spiva.
“Everyone else: bull riders, karate participants, race car drivers, skaters, bicyclist, football players… all wear helmets. Our main goal is for kids to know that Helmets are cool!”
The foundation teams up with community and business leaders throughout the year to host events and to give away helmets. The local police, fire department, military and local physicians’ offices all join in to help the worthy cause. Tens of thousands of helmets have been given away to children in Georgia. This year JFCF will partner with other local businesses and medical providers to give away helmet coupons throughout the year.
“The community embraces our events. JFCF is both an opportunity to help families and a way for people to get to know lawyers in a non-legal context. “Others recognize that this is a great cause and a worthy goal. They see that we are providing a safe service in the community for children,” said Spiva.
“We have been widely recognized by the community from the local and state bar associations, the local small and large business chambers, state-wide trial lawyers association, local trial lawyers associations, people’s choice award and selected as” hometown heroes” by the largest Savannah TV station,” Spiva said.
In the last two years, JFCF has received nine community service awards, locally and state wide. With seven of those awards over 165,000 people saw them presented to them. Events occur throughout the year. February was their annual Lawyer Chili cook-off. Please don’t worry, no lawyers were actually cooked. They participate in two parades in March (Tybee Island Irish Heritage Parade and Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade). JFCF’s next major event for Heads in Helmets will be our “Helmet Fling, and will involve safety courses with the police department, face painting, clowns, and, of course, helmet giveaways. This event will be on June 15th at Lake Mayer in Savannah, Georgia.
“JFCF is a real charity and it’s not just a promotion for the law firm. It’s something that we play an active role in and participate in the community,” said Spiva. As a non-profit, JFCF has 501(c)(3) status. Our process is simple, dollars in and helmets out. All funds, sponsorships and donations go toward purchasing helmets which are FREE to children. We have a board of advisors consisting of community leaders and 100s of volunteers. Some of them travel from other states including Florida and Tennessee to attend our events. We have a skate team and a sports karate team, all of who join us in the parades. One of our visions has been to help children all over America. The award winning Charity plans to go National and to expand to every city in America to help kids.
The National program is a professional Organization of some of America’s top trial lawyers. The ambassador program is an honor and offered only after application and by “Board Approval”. Howard recently published a book to help other attorneys improve their own communities. The book is entitled “Building a Presence in Your City” and it shows Lawyers everything they need to know to get started with their own charity. Interested attorneys can read more about the National program here http://12unlimited.com/lawyers-care.html
Howard is committed to helping attorneys become involved in their communities, and encourages lawyers who want to plan events, start a non-profit, or put helmets on kids to give him a call at 800-644-2001.
Anyone wanting to learn more about how to start a charity, and the benefits for your firm, can request a FREE excerpt from Howard’s book here http://12unlimited.com/charity-program.html.
Howard has been dedicated to helping injured people since 1984 to recover their harms and losses. He limits his law practice to serious, catastrophic injuries and wrongful death cases. His major focus is on children with Traumatic brain injuries. Howard believes that “Children’s Injuries are no accident!”
1. The Georgia Bar Association
2. Justice Benham Community Service
3. Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
4. Savannah Bar Association
5. Chamber of Commerce
6. WTOC Home town hero
7. Savannah Morning News
8. Georgia Trend Magazine
9. Saint Patrick’s Parade Committee