Woman’s Club of Panama City Kicks Off W.H.A.L.E. Program

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PANAMA CITY -- The Woman's Club of Panama City is sponsoring a program aimed at saving children's lives. It's called W.H.A.L.E. It helps provide valuable information to law enforcement officials in the event of a traffic emergency.

Jeffrey Gainer has an 8-month-old daughter. Like any parent, he cares most about her safety.

Jeffrey Gainer, Bay County Hyundai employee said, "My mom told me about it and you know it's just a couple little stickers you put on."

Gainer is referring to the W.H.A.L.E. Program, which stand for "We Have a Little Emergency."

Whale kits include stickers for your vehicle and your child's car seat. The stickers provide emergency personnel with contact information and any of the child's medical conditions, if the parent is not available.

W.H.A.L.E Project Chairman Stephanie Cantrell said, "It gives you the opportunity to list contacts in case something were to happen to you so that you could, the child could be in caring loving hands of someone that you choose."

W.H.A.L.E. Stickers are placed on both sides of the car seat. Parents also place two stickers in the back seat windows, notifying emergency personnel the child is enrolled in the program.

"You know I really like the idea of the program just in case there was an accident and somebody couldn't find your identification in the vehicle," said Gainer.

One of the programs sponsors is Bay Hyundai where Gainer works. The dealership bought 5,000 of the kits to hand out.

Gainer said, "My wife gave out about two or three to different family members of ours."

Besides Bay Hyundai, you can also get your W.H.A.L.E. kits at most Bay county law enforcement agencies and fire departments.

If you would like more information on the whale kits, or how to become a sponsor contact the Woman’s Club of Panama City at 850-785-7125.