Efforts to advocate for the safety of children in an Upstate New York town will resume one night early this week when an organization will host an identification card booth at a town party, according to a published report.
The National Night Out party in Lebanon on Tuesday evening will see Masons from the East Linn Lodge host the table as they have since 2007, The Albany Democrat-Herald reports.
Nationwide chapters of the organization are gung-ho about identification cards for children, which it considers to be a national project.
"We've had the program going for five years, and so far we've done about 5,800 students," child ID coordinator Greg O’Neal with the lodge in Lebanon told the news source. "If it saves one kid, it's all worth it."
Organizers are genuinely hopeful that families never have to use the identification cards because that typically would mean that some sort of emergency or disaster has reared. But should an emergency occur, information like a picture of the child and a fingerprint sample would be at the ready and, hopefully, serve a valuable purpose in confronting the challenge at hand.
One key factor in dealing with these types of situations is time, particularly the necessity and opportunity to proceed quickly through the investigative process, according to a local police chief.
"Even more so when you are dealing with a missing child," police chief Bob Burford with Sweet Home told the news source.
The Masons produced child identification cards earlier this year at the annual safety fair of Sweet Home.
But the Masons do not store information about the children, O'Neal told the publication. And once the parents are provided a card that information is deleted from the computers.
The cards offer parents one tool to act rapidly in the case of an emergency. The identification cards are equipped with directions on how parents may broaden information about their children.
"On the cards we attach some information on how the parent can collect and keep a DNA sample," O'Neal told the news source.
Similar efforts ensued this past weekend in South Carolina.
The Hartwell Rotary Club and the Pilot Club of Hartwell distributed applications to parents for complimentary Amber Safe Child Silver ID cards, The Independent Mail reports. The identification card can come in handy should a child go missing.
"Basically, the parents provide us with the information we need - height, weight, hair color, eye color and any medical conditions," coordinator Herb Hicks with the Rotary Club told the news source.