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BoatU.S. seeks life jacket loaner sites

The BoatU.S. Foundation is looking for new lending sites for its free Life Jacket Loaner Program.

Since the program was launched in 1997, at least three children's lives have been saved as a result of wearing a BoatU.S. Foundation life jacket, according to the organization. More than 90,000 life jackets are loaned out each year through the program, with demand up 22 percent in the last two years. The program was recently honored by the Partnership for a Safer Maryland as one of six leading injury prevention programs in the state.

There is no cost to become a loaner site. More than 350 clubs and businesses participate as Life Jacket Loaner Program sites. The loaner life jacket kit consists of 12 life jackets in a protective container, signage and easy-to-use sign-out sheets to track usage. Various sizes of jackets are included.

To download an application to become a Life Jacket Loaner Program site or for information on the program and the life jacket laws in your state, visit www.BoatUS.com/Foundation/LJLP.

Applications will be accepted until Sept. 30.

The BoatU.S. Foundation also is seeking tax-deductible donations for the program. Ten dollars will buy one vest-style life jacket and $250 will create a completely new, fully stocked loaner site.

Donations can be made online at www.BoatUS.com/Foundation or mailed to: Kids Jackets, BoatU.S. Foundation, 880 South Pickett St., Alexandria, VA 22304.

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