Child Safety Fair free for families - May 14, 2008
Families are invited to attend the second annual Child Safety Fair hosted by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Fort Wayne Task Force. The Take 25 event will be from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 24, in the Menards and Wal-Mart parking lots at Southtown Crossing. The goal of this event is to encourage area families and their children to learn about personal safety in a fun and engaging way. More than 60 community agencies and organizations are participating, including Fort Wayne Community Schools, Fort Wayne Police Department, Fort Wayne Fire Department, Menards South and Wal-Mart South. These organizations are coming together to offer free food, games and entertainment, as well as vital child safety education and child empowerment workshops. Free safety ID kits will be provided for children; Habitat for Humanity will raffle off two large wooden children's playhouses; and the Fraternal Order of Police will give away a limited number of children's bicycle helmets. Take 25 is a program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children®. The goal of Take 25 is to heighten awareness about children's safety issues. With a focus on prevention, the campaign encourages parents, guardians, and other trusted-adult role models to spend time (25 minutes) talking to kids and teaching them ways to be safer. Visit www.take25.org for tips. Take 25 was started to commemorate National Missing Children's Day on May 25. First proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1983, the day serves as an annual reminder to the nation to renew efforts to reunite missing children with their families, remember those who are still missing, and make child protection a national priority. It's a time of reflection and renewed hope for millions of families in communities across the country.