VINTON–Area children and their parents are invited to the Vinton War Memorial on Saturday afternoon, February 16, for an afternoon of fun and games for the younger set, and some vital educational activities for the adults. The event is sponsored jointly by Child ID Theft, LLC, and the Vinton Police Department.
State Police Lieutenant Robert Chappell will be launching his book “Child Identity Theft: What Every Parent Should Know” and talking with families about the steps they can take to avoid becoming a victim of that crime. Barnes and Noble will be on hand with copies for signing.
Representatives from the Roanoke City Police will be conducting child safety seat installations and checks. The Vinton Police will have a vehicle on display, as will the Vinton Fire Department.
Ziggy’s Entertainment will be providing a bouncy house, face painting, balloon animals, and puppet shows. Members of the Vinton Masonic Lodge will be preparing Child ID packets for individual children with digital photographs, digital fingerprinting, and video recordings of children at parent request. The video is meant to show the child interacting with a stranger in an unfamiliar setting showing their distinctive mannerisms in that situation. Parents will receive an envelope with the child’s information that could instantly be used by law enforcement agencies if the child were to become lost or be reported missing.
The activities begin at 2:00 p.m. and last until 4:00 p.m. rain, snow, or shine.