Daily Archives: Dec. 14, 2009

Gov. Parkinson teams with Sid the Science Kid to promote H1N1 vaccinations

TOPEKA – Gov. Mark Parkinson is appearing with public broadcast’s Sid the Science Kid to encourage Kansans to get the H1N1 vaccine.

“People need to continue to take this extremely seriously,” said Parkinson, a Democrat, during a teleconference on Monday.

He is one of 15 governors, one first lady and Nebraska’s top state health official to record the spots with the animated character.

The 30-second video features Parkinson sitting at his desk in the Governor’s Ceremonial Office talking to the animated character.

Sid has previously gotten the vaccine for H1N1, commonly called the Swine Flu, and isn’t the only children’s character that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has tapped to encourage vaccinations or flu prevention.

Elmo has previously demonstrated proper hand washing and sneezing techniques on Sesame Street.

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin, warned that the flu seasons can run through May.

“Vaccination is best protection against getting the flu, it is important to remind Americans that now is a good time to get the vaccine,” she said during the teleconferencing.

For more information on the H1N1 virus and to view the other public announcements go to www.flu.gov

Gov. Parkinson and his wife donate $1,000 to Toys for Tots

TOPEKA – The Governor and First Lady announced Monday morning that they were donating $1,000 of their personal funds to Toys for Tots in Wichita.

“We’re asking all of the generous people in the Wichita community to step forward very quickly with financial contributions and with additional contributions of gifts so hopefully this can all be replenish by the end of the week,” said Gov. Mark Parkinson, a Democrat.

Parkinson and his wife Stacy are both originally from Wichita.

Sometime between 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday, thieves broke into the warehouse of the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots and took more than 1,000 toys.

They apparently picked a lock on the barrier gate, threw open an overhead door and ransacked box after box meticulously packed and readied for distribution.

“That’s really about as low as you can get,” Parkinson said.

He did not hold out hope that the stolen gifts would be returned.

“I’m not sure any sort of reason would matter to people like that,” he said. “The mind set of stealing gifts intended for poor kids is so disconnected with any sense of reason that I don’t think we can reason with these folks.”

Parkinson did think that the Wichita community would come together and replace the stolen toys.

“It’s a terrific community, it’s a very giving community,” he said.

More information on the program and locations of drop-off sites in the area is avalible at www.toysfortots.org.