Child identification cards could help if your child goes missing

TYLER (KYTX) - People typically wait until they are in their teenage years or older to get an identification card. That wasn't the case Saturday as Farmers Insurance Agent Michael Christopher put together a child identification card event with the Tyler Police Department.

Essie Everett brought her two year old with her. She said, "I just needed his date of birth his height weight eye color, hair color It was very simple."

She said she didn't know getting an ID for someone so young was even possible.

"The growing number of the children being missing and he being two has never had an official ID so I thought it would be a great idea for him to have one," said Everett.

That's why Christopher said he decided to put this community even together to get children their own ID's.

"You have something that you can give authorities to help produce an accurate Amber alert," said Christopher.

Getting an identification card for your child is like having insurance according to Christopher. He said, parents don't want to need it, but at least it's there if you do need it. The overall process is quick. Parents fill out the child's name and address and police take a few measurements and are able to print out the ID in about a minute.

The cars are good to have because it gives law enforcement exactly what they need if your child ever goes missing.

"If your child is all of a sudden missing you're not thinking clearly, you can't remember what clothes they have on, how tall they are, how much they weigh and what this card does is it has that information with you," said Christopher.

The cards are done in a hope to keep east Texas children safer.

Police have scheduled another children's identification card event for June 8 at the Troup Walmart. The event will last from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.


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