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Free child ID kits in Mesa

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Posted: Friday, October 28, 2011 3:49 pm

The Arizona Masonic Foundation for Children will be giving away child identification kits during its annual EZ Child ID Kit event in Mesa on Saturday.

The event, which is geared toward parents having vital information on hand involving their child required by the Amber Alert system if their child ever goes missing, will be held from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Target, 1135 S. Gilbert Road, Mesa.

Contact information, fingerprints, photos, video interview and DNA swabs are collected from each child in minutes. The parents receive two ID cards and a CD-ROM. All files are permanently deleted after each child has completed the kit.

Children of all ages are welcome. Parents or guardians needs to be present to sign a consent form prior to obtaining the free services.

According to the Arizona Masonic Foundation for Children, every day 2,000 children are reported missing. Every year, 200,000 children are taken by family members and 58,000 children are victims of non-family abductions.

“The key to recovering missing children is quick action by parents and law enforcement,” said Mike Lay from the Arizona Masonic Foundation for Children. “This easy child identification kit aids in the reporting time if a child goes missing.”

To schedule video interviews or for more questions, contact Jermey Larkins from Target at (480) 926 3443 or email Jeremy.Larkins@target.com.

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