In an effort to help parents safeguard their children, Scott Van Kirk, owner of the Golden Corral restaurant, is offering the GuardianKIDS I.D. Program to families in Noblesville and the surrounding area.
This free program, which is part of the restaurant’s Making a Difference campaign, will be held on Jan. 22 and 24 and Feb. 5 and 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. and on Jan. 26 and Feb. 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“No parent should ever have to go through the nightmare of having their child go missing,” Van Kirk said. “As a parent of four children with a fifth on the way, I want to take all steps possible to insure my children’s safety. That’s why I’m offering the GuardianKIDS I.D. program to families in the Noblesville area.”
For each child participating in the program, parents will receive one Bio-Doc that contains the child’s photograph and accurate fingerprints. Also, parents can record their child’s vital information on the Bio-Doc form. With the program’s state-of-the-art equipment and software, children as young as three months old can be photographed and fingerprinted. The information contained on the Bio-Doc will help the police in recovering the child in case he or she goes missing.
Additionally, parents will receive safety information, instructions for collecting DNA samples from their child, and a step-by-step procedure detailing what they should do if their child goes missing.
“I think every parent has had some moment in their life when they’ve lost their child while they were out,” Van Kirk said. “When our daughter was five, she went missing at a carnival. It was the longest 10 minutes of our lives. We were in a panic as we ran around trying to find her. It was a horrible situation.”
Also on the GuardianKIDS I.D. Program dates at the Golden Corral, residents can register to win a home security system and a year of free monitoring provided by OnGuard Security Solutions, a Guardian Protection Dealer, located in Fishers. No purchase is necessary to enter the drawing or to participate in the identification program.
As a Noblesville resident himself, Van Kirk developed the Making a Difference campaign as a way to give back to the community in which his restaurant serves by providing resources to help make Noblesville and the surrounding communities better places to live and work. The GuardianKIDS I.D. Program is the first event in this campaign.
The Golden Corral restaurant is located at 15755 N. Pointe Blvd., Noblesville. To learn more, visit www.goldencorral.com.