sponsors KidCare Photo ID event
Parents can obtain free photographs of their children at the KidCare Photo ID event on May 11 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at the Prairie Elementary Cafeteria hosted by St. Mary’s Hospital. One in seven missing children are found because of a photograph , so authorities recommend that parents obtain standardized safety documents such as the KidCare Photo Id for their children.
St. Mary’s Hospital is hosting the KidCare Photo ID event as part of a national effort to provide parents with personals safety IDs of their children in the event of an emergency.
“Everyone has pictures of their children, but most parents do not have a suitable photograph if their child becomes lost or missing,” explained Ernest Allen, president of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. “It is very important to have a recent, unobstructed head and shoulders photograph of the child. The photograph should be stored in a safe place with the vital statistics of the child at the time the photograph is taken.”
St. Mary’s is offering the free KidCare IDs as a public service to families in the area and as part of their Hospital Week celebration. “We’re pleased we can play such a vital role in helping to keep children safe in our own community,” said Cheri Holthaus of SMH. “We certainly hope no one will ever have to use these documents, but parents can at least have peace of mind to know they have the information in a safe place at home should the need arise.”
Parents can obtain free KidCare IDs for all their children on May 11 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. Volunteers from St. Mary’s Hospital will be on hand to help weigh and measure children and will guide families through the KidCare photo ID event.
For more information about the KidCare Photo ID event contact Cheri Holthaus at 962-2327.