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Kansas City Safety Demonstration Home Receives Large Donation

A Kansas City-area couple whose toddler died when a dresser toppled onto him is one step closer to building a house to display home safety precautions.

Farmers Insurance announced this month that it has donated $100,000 toward the Charlie's House Safety Demonstration House. Brett and Jenny Horn began the effort after their 2-year-old son died in 2007 while attempting to climb the dresser.

Ground is scheduled to be broken in 2016 in Kansas City on the Safety Demonstration Home. Farmers agent Leah Smith said in a written statement that the nonprofit group's mission of educating families about safety "resonates" with the company and that it wants to help.

Backers of the project anticipate reaching 2,500 caregivers and families in the home's first year of being open.