May 27, 2014

June 6th event offers free kits as public service project

(left to right): Tara Shackell (Castle Rock, CO), program director Julie Rhine and Lakesha Hershfeldt (Fleming).

Northeastern’s cosmetology program will hand out free Safe Child Kits on June 6th at the center. Pictured here helping promote this event is (left to right): Tara Shackell (Castle Rock, CO), program director Julie Rhine and Lakesha Hershfeldt (Fleming). The kits help a parent pull together the crucial information that would be needed if a child were abducted or otherwise disappeared. (Courtesy Photo)

Summer time is here and children are naturally more active in the warm weather. The Cosmetology Program at Northeastern Junior College recognizes this and will be, as a public service project, giving out free Safe Child Kits to area children on Friday, June 6th at the center.

These kits are designed to help keep children safe and include information about the importance of child safety, use of 911, the child’s importance of not talking to strangers or approaching an unfamiliar car and many other tactics to keep them safe.  The kit contains a place for parents to put key information related to the child for safe keeping and in the event that the child would come up missing, this information is readily available to give to the police. 

According to Carla Miller a regional manager for American Income Life Insurance Company, Retired Air Force and Owner of the Miller Agency of SC, LLC, who will be providing the kits for NJC’s give away, “Every minute counts in the abduction of a child and there is no waiting period  before a missing child can be reported to the police. These kits are a great tool to have on hand, ready to go if you would ever need it.” A Safe Child Kit can be taken home and assembled by the parent and child to include a current photo of the child, vital statistics and medical information, a physical description and fingerprints among other things.

The free Safe Child Kit will be given away between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday, June 6th at the Cosmetology Center located at the corner of Landrum Lane and Sidney Avenue.  There is no purchase necessary although the cosmetology students will be also be providing their regular hair, nail and skin care services on this date.

The Child Safe Kit is endorsed by the International Union of Police Association AFL-CIO, American Federation of School Administrators and American Federation of Teachers. They will be given out on a first come first serve basis.