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Bicycle Helmet Giveaway

Even though Florida law requires children to wear bike helmets, Howell & Thornhill continues to see too many children riding bikes without them. At Howell & Thornhill, we want all of the children in our community to wear helmets because we know they prevent serious injuries and save lives.

Howell & Thornhill, in cooperation with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and the Winter Haven Police Department, gave away hundreds of free bicycle helmets to Winter Haven and Auburndale area children.

Howell & Thornhill presented the Helmet Giveaway as part of its community wide mission to promote child safety and prevent serious injuries. Thanks to the overwhelming response, Howell & Thornhill is planning a second helmet giveaway for the Fall.

Children aged 6-11 who were accompanied by an adult received a free helmet and fitting. All bike helmets are SNELL Certified and meet U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission standards. Each helmet came equipped with an owner’s manual and CPSC labels of certification.

If your child is still in need of a bicycle helmet, then please accompany your child, aged 6-11, to our offices in Winter Haven to pick up a free bicycle helmet while supplies last.


Robert G. Thornhill III (Tri)

Tri Thornhill is a member of Lakeland Downtown Kiwanis club, which focuses on charities for children.  In 2011, Mr. Thornhill helped organize the “Peanut Auction” which is a silent auction to fund all the charity works of Kiwanis as well as raise money for AMIKids, an organization that helps children at risk. In 2012, Mr. Thornhill helped organize the Kiwanis Cares Charity Auction that raised money for the Salvation Army.   Every year since 2013, Tri has served as chairman of the Rudolph Round-up Committee, which sponsors Christmas gifts for children for Heartland for Children, an organization that helps abused or neglected children in Central Florida.  For more on Kiwanis, click here Mr. Thornhill is also a member of Justice Teaching, an organization that teaches students about the justice system.  Mr. Thornhill talks with all 7th grade students at Daniel Jenkins Middle School in Haines City, Florida.   For more on Justice Teaching, please visit www.justiceteaching.org. Tri also delivers groceries monthly to homebound seniors with VISTE, Volunteers in Service to the Elderly, which can be reached at www.viste.org


Sherri Scarborough

Sherri Scarborough is a member of the Winter Haven Rotary Club which strives to put service before self.  In 2011, Mrs. Scarborough helped fellow Rotarians raise money to purchase uniforms for local elementary students, dictionaries for middle school kids, and a $5,000.00 annual college scholarship.  In 2012, Mrs. Scarborough will be helping to package 50,000 meals for the hungry to be given away in the Winter Haven area.  Mrs. Scarborough also supports The Mission in Winter Haven which helps feed and clothe the hungry and those in need.  Every year The Mission collaborates with local churches and collects thousands of toys to be given away for Christmas to needy families locally.   The parents are allowed to “shop” for free and choose the gifts that best suit their children’s Christmas wishes. To learn more about The Mission visit them at http://lovemakingadifference.com


Spencer Pastorin

Spencer Pastorin is involved in charitable projects that help children in the area, including volunteering at Give Kids the World. He’s also participated in different service projects through Davenport Four Corners Kiwanis and First Friday Kids’ Support Group.


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