Strolling for Safe Sleep returning to Muscatine
by Margaret Hurlbert
April 23, 2022

MUSCATINE, Iowa–As the Theo Wolf Foundation enters its second year of providing families with the education and tools they need to help their infants sleep safely, they eagerly look forward to hosting their second annual Strolling for Safe Sleep Walk. “Our annual Strolling for Safe Sleep Charity Walk and Family fun-raiser is our largest fundraiser of the year, and we host it to celebrate Theo’s heavenly birthday,” shared Theo Wolf Foundation President Lisa Wolf. “In addition, our charity walk and family fun day is an event for the whole community to come out and enjoy all the fun activities we have planned; we had so much fun last year and can’t wait to spend the day this year with the community celebrating Theo and sharing our foundation’s mission.”

June 4, Strolling for Safe Sleep will start with a one and a half mile walk that leaves from Susan Clark Junior High School at 600 Kindler Avenue in Muscatine. Walkers, who will each receive a Theo Wolf Foundation t-shirt to wear at the event, will help raise awareness about the importance of safe sleep practices for protecting babies from potentially deadly conditions caused by improper sleep practices. At the conclusion of the walk, participants will each release a live butterfly in honor of Theo’s third heavenly birthday, his golden birthday.

After the walk, Wolf encourages everyone who came to Strolling for Safe Sleep to stay for a day of fun, free, kid-friendly activities. Anyone feeling hungry from the walk can enjoy offerings from a variety of food vendors and from a bake sale. Kids can play many different games for prizes, make crafts, get their faces painted, and jump in bounce houses. Parents can visit booths with safe sleep education information, have Lutheran Services in Iowa perform car seat safety checks (the group will also have free car seats available for families in need too), and bid in a silent auction. Attendees of all ages can enjoy a dunk tank graciously staffed by local law enforcement as well as a pie in the face war where the community volunteer who has the most donations made in their name will get pied.

Through the funds raised by Strolling for Safe Sleep, the Theo Wolf Foundation will continue to provide vital sleep kits to parents free of charge. The funding will also make it possible for Wolf, a certified safe sleep trainer, to continue offering safe sleep classes for parents, childcare workers, and students studying medicine and early childhood education, as well as one-on-one advice to any community member who contacts her.

Anyone who would like to participate in Strolling for Safe Sleep may sign up and pay their registration fee online. Registration costs $25 for children two to 11 and $30 for people 12 and older before the early bird deadline of May 1 and $30 and $35 respectively after it.

Because safe sleep practices can prevent many heartbreaking infant deaths, Wolf urges everyone in Muscatine to get involved with Strolling for Safe Sleep to help educate others: “These deaths are 100% preventable,” she stressed. “Supporting our Strolling for Safe Sleep event helps us raise awareness and funds so we can help keep as many infants safe while sleeping as possible and save another family from the heartbreak of losing a child.”

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