Volunteers ask for car seat donations & offer inspections to make sure yours is properly installed

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Stacey Malegni and her family have been volunteering since the day her life changed forever. Her son was killed by a drunk driver in 2004.

She remembers, "My son died of head injuries. The car seat did hold him exactly the way it was supposed to, and my daughter did not catch the brunt like he did. But the car seat definitely saved her life."

Her daughter feels the grief just like the rest of the family, and now she's helped organize a car seat check and donation drive.

Stacey says, "She's now a senior here in Huntsville, and she wanted to do this for her community."

The whole family volunteers where they can, for example, Manna House, which will host the drive this Saturday.

But this event is a function of Safe Kids, which found them almost immediately in their time of need.

"Ironically enough," Malegni tells us, "The firefighters that got my daughter out of the crash that day, they were heavily involved in Safe Kids. One of the fireman was the coordinator."

It's Safe Kids experts that will check car seats there for anyone. They are safety technicians, with a full-blown course under their belts to make sure you've got your car seat in right.

They say bring your kids with you. It makes demonstration easier.

But Malegni and Safe Kids need your help to provide car seats to people who can't afford them. "Safe Kids, quite frankly, doesn't have any for this event on Saturday. We've been having to fundraise prior to the event, just so we have enough car seats available to hand out if needed, within the first hour or two," she said.

The family is doing their best for Dominic and all the kids they serve. They hope you'll help.

Safe Kids and the Malegni family will be out at Manna House from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, November 7th.