Written by Chris Boyle, firstname.lastname@example.org Wednesday, 14 August 2013 12:13
The Bar Harbour branch of the Massapequa Public Library recently hosted a KidPix photo ID program event, where youngsters could get their very own picture identification card, free of charge.
No, the KidPix ID cards won’t allow them to drive - the indented audience is still a wee bit too young for that - but many families at the event said that the security and piece of mind that they do offer instead is significantly more important.
Sponsored by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, the KidPix event drew numerous families and saw the creation and dispersal of over 90 ID cards, according to an event coordinator.
In the event that a child goes missing, parents can give the KidPix card to law enforcement as a helpful tool to help return the child home more quickly, according to Fuschillo.
“There’s nothing more important to a parent than their child’s safety,” he said. “A wallet-sized ID card with a child’s photo and pertinent information is an invaluable resource for a parent in the event of an emergency. I’m extremely pleased that we provided this important service to hundreds of families so far and look forward to continue working with County Executive Mangano to sponsor more of these important programs in the future.”
Fuschillo said that he has partnered with County Executive Mangano’s office to sponsor these programs in communities throughout his district over the last several months (The County Executive’s office also offers this program in other areas as well). The programs have been extremely successful, with hundreds of children receiving the ID cards.
Parents who participated in the program at the Bar Harbour library received a free, wallet-sized plastic ID card with their child’s name, physical description, contact information, fingerprint, and color photograph. The KidPix ID cards were manufactured on the spot and after a digital photo and fingerprinting session, after a minimal wait, they were presented to their happy new owners.
Pebble Cifarelli of Massapequa Park was at the event with her daughter, Danielle, 5, and said that taking all possible steps to ensure their child’s well-being is the responsibility of every parent.
“It’s important to have identification just in case, God forbid, anything happens,” she said. “In today’s world, you just never know what can happen to children, and you want to keep them safe, and you always want to have something with identification with them just in case...I think that’s very important.”
Elizabeth Gustafson, also of Massapequa Park, was getting her 11 month-old son Tyler his very own KidPix ID card as well, which she said would help provide her with some piece of mind.
“I think it’s important to just be prepared, just in case something does happen,” she said. “Of course, we don’t want anything to happen, but if you’re more prepared, if anything does, happen the anxiety of ‘oh my god, what do I do?’ is relieved a little bit by having this information all on one card.”