ST. LOUIS – Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital is asking the St. Louis community to keep an eye out for a stolen trailer used to haul car seats for children.

The hospital reported Tuesday that its “Safe Kids” trailer had been stolen. The trailer is meant to store car seats to help families that might not be able to afford them. The seats are also used by certified car seat installers and for children with special needs.

The trailer can hold dozens of car seats. Cardinal Glennon shared a photo of the trailer they are hoping to recover.

The 16-foot trailer was parked in a gated parking lot that Cardinal Glennon shares with the Ronald McDonald House and Saint Louis University. The car seat safety crew went to the lot at about 11 p.m. Tuesday to make sure it was ready for training in Affton Wednesday morning. When they arrived at the lot, they found out it was gone.

“We had a lock on it, but I’m sure if you had the right tool, you could cut the lock off, hook up and be gone quickly,” said Josh Dugal, the trauma program manager at Cardinal Glennon.

Dugal said between the trailer, car seats inside, and training materials, it’s an estimated $30,000. He hopes whoever stole the trailer is not trying to sell the car seats. Dugal said the car seats are used for training only, and many of them are not safe. He said to never buy a car seat from someone else.

“Them taking this and staling those contents is really going to set us back, not only financially but emotionally,” Dugal said.

Wednesday’s car seat training in Affton is not canceled though. He said the team called their safe kid’s partners and drove to Columbia, Missouri, to borrow their equipment so Wednesday’s training can still happen.  

“We are going to figure out a way to get this stuff back, and the team will come out even stronger,” Dugal said. “We’re very hopeful the community will see this trailer because it is so well wrapped and identifies itself as a car seat trailer with an SSM health logo.”

If you happen to have information on the stolen trailer, contact your nearest law enforcement agency.