Amscot Financial will partner with local law enforcement to distribute 12,232 bike...

Amscot Financial will partner with local law enforcement to distribute 12,232 bike helmets in 16 Florida counties

Over the past 10 years, Amscot has given away nearly 50,000 free bike helmets. The company will partner with local law enforcement agencies in 16 Florida counties to help make sure that children receive properly fitted helmets.


TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Amscot Financial, a leading
provider of convenient, consumer-oriented financial services, will donate and
distribute 12,232 free bike helmets on Saturday, Oct. 19 in 16 Florida counties
where the company operates branch locations.

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The helmets are available in three sizes: small, medium and large, and are
being targeted towards children in pre-school and elementary school. They will
be distributed from 9 a.m. to noon by Amscot Financial managers and by law
enforcement personnel in the parking lots of the locations listed below. The
locations include four branches in Miami-Dade County and one in Broward County,
reflecting Amscot’s recent expansion into South Florida.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Florida
leads the nation in bicycle-related deaths. In 2011, the most recent year
statistics are available, 125 bicycle-related deaths were recorded in
Florida.1 In one medical study, 79 percent of all patients for
bicycling related injuries were between the ages of 5 and 14.2
Moreover, studies have shown that bicycle helmets – when properly worn – can
prevent 88 percent of serious brain injuries.3

This marks the 11th year that Amscot Financial has donated and distributed
free bike helmets in counties where it does business.

“Bike helmets save lives. We know that. We have had customers in the past who
have come in to tell us how a helmet was instrumental in preventing a serious
injury to their children,” said Ian MacKechnie, founder and CEO of Amscot
Financial. “That is a big reason why we commit to this bike helmet program year
after year. We want to ensure that children who live in our communities have
access to a properly fitted helmet.”

Founded in 1989, Amscot Financial employs more than 2,000 associates who work
at more than 200 retail branches and at the company’s corporate headquarters in
Tampa. The company currently operates retail locations in Hillsborough,
Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Polk, Hardee, Highlands, Manatee, Sarasota, Orange,
Osceola, Seminole, Lake, Volusia, Brevard, Marion, Citrus, Flagler, Broward and
Miami-Dade counties.

Locations for the bike helmet giveaway include the following Amscot branches:

  • Brevard County

    • 1515 Palm Bay Rd. NE, Palm Bay

  • Broward County

    • 8828 W. S.R. 84, Davie

  • Hardee County

    • 1530 U.S. Highway 17 North, Wauchula

  • Hernando County

    • 11148 Springhill Drive, Spring Hill

  • Highlands County

    • 1203 U.S. Highway 27 North, Sebring

  • Hillsborough County

    • 105 W. Alexander Street, Plant City
    • 7731 Palm  River Road, Tampa
    • 8231 W. Hillsborough, Tampa
    • 2301 Fowler Ave., Tampa

  • Lake County

    • 1100 W. North Boulevard, Leesburg

  • Manatee County

    • 3611 1st Street East, Bradenton
    • 737 8th Avenue West, Palmetto

  • Miami-Dade County

    • 19353 S. Dixie Highway, Cutler Bay
    • 885 W. 49th Street, Hialeah
    • 891 N.E. 8th Street, Homestead
    • 19807 N.W. 2nd Ave., Miami Gardens

  • Orange County        

    • 939 N. Semoran Blvd., Orlando
    • 2033 Americana Blvd., Orlando

  • Osceola County

    • 1084 Cypress Parkway, Kissimmee (Poinciana)
    • 1120 W. Vine Street, Kissimmee

  • Pasco County

    • 3416 U.S. Highway 19 North, Holiday
    • 7707 Gall Boulevard, Zephyrhills

  • Pinellas County

    • 3739 49th Street N., St. Petersburg
    • 2551 34th St. S., St. Petersburg
    • 6596 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park
    • 1825 Gulf To Bay, Clearwater

  • Polk County

    • 2121 8th St. N.W., Winter Haven
    • 1412 U.S. Highway 98 S., Lakeland

  • Sarasota County

    • 3333 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

  • Volusia County

    • 979 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach
    • 2177 Howland Blvd, Deltona

About Amscot Financial

Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., Amscot Financial is a leading provider of
convenient, consumer-oriented financial services, including check cashing, bill
payment, money transfers, cash advances, prepaid cards and money orders through
its wholly owned division, Amscot International Money Order Company. 
Amscot Financial currently operates more than 200 retail financial service
centers throughout Florida and employs more than 2,000 employees. Amscot
Financial has been recognized by the Tampa Bay Business Journal as one of
Tampa Bay’s Best Places to Work for five years. For additional information,
please visit the company’s website at .

1 Traffic Safety Facts, 2011 Data, National Highway Traffic Safety

2 National Center for Biotechnology Information; via Florida
Cycling Law Blog;

3 Pediatrics, Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics;

SOURCE Amscot Financial

Amscot Financial will partner with local law enforcement to distribute 12,232 bike helmets in 16 Florida counties