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Elks to host child safety booth

Posted: Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

ALAMOSA — Alamosa Elks B.P.O.E,. 1297 will be hosting a child safety booth at this year’s Sunfest on the Rio, from 9 a.m. to dusk Saturday, June 1.

Paid for by an Elks National Foundation Beacon Grant, the booth has been planned and will be implemented by Deanna Wagner, a new member of the lodge, with the help of fellow Elks, and will provide identification kits to parents who wish to prepare documents in case their children are abducted or disappear.

The Elks will help parents prepare the kits, which include photos, fingerprints, DNA samples and descriptions, including identifying birthmarks and other vital information.

Offered at no cost to the public, the kits will be taken home and placed in safekeeping by the parents.

In addition to the Elks National Foundation, assistance is coming from the Alamosa County Sheriff’s staff, who will provide a brief training in fingerprinting to the people manning the booth.

The ID kits will include important telephone numbers and have been imprinted with the B.P.O.E. 1297 logo.

Then, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 2, Elks PER John Seymour and a group of Elks will be promoting drug prevention awareness and other important information at the booth, along with information for community members interested in joining the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE).

For more information or to help out on either day, please contact Wagner at 588-9085 (Child Safety) or Seymour 588-9003 (Drug Awareness).

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