Shoney’s to Sponsor KidCare ID Program
According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), 800,000 children ages 18 and younger go missing each year. One of the most important tools for law enforcement to use in the case of a missing child is an up-to-date, good-quality photograph. For the 18th year, Shoney’s Restaurants is sponsoring three KidCare ID events at area malls to offer parents official photo identification of their child.
A KidCare ID includes a child’s color photograph, fingerprints, height, weight, date of birth and medical profile, as well as a 24-hour NCMEC hotline number. A KidCare ID can expedite the process of finding a missing child, and all parents are encouraged to have photo identification for each of their children.
Each participant will also receive a child’s “goody bag” filled with fun safety items for the family.
Over the last 17 years, the program has provided more than 36,000 children with IDs. Other community organizations involved in the program are the Knoxville Police Department, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Safe Kids of the Greater Knox area, the Knoxville News Sentinel, Walgreens, WVLT-TV 8/Volunteer TV, Star 102.1 radio and The Optimist Club of Knoxville.
The KidCare event times and locations are as follows:
- Friday, August 17, 1-7 p.m. at Knoxville Center Mall
- Saturday, August 18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at West Town Mall
- Sunday, August 19, noon-6 p.m. at Foothills Mall
For more information, contact Annie LaLonde at Shoney’s at (865) 690-6331.