North American Credit (NACS) and Medical Services recently hosted a nationally endorsed Take 25 Child Safety and Health Prevention Fair at the company corporate headquarters based in Chattanooga, Tennessee; resulting in empowering well over 350 children and families at the 3 hour event.
"We remain excited to have been provided the opportunity of bringing together a variety of local, state and national organizations with a shared goal of working collaboratively to help keep our kids safer and healthier in our community," expressed Dallas S. Bunton, Sr. CEO and Chairman of NACS and Medical Services of Chattanooga. "As a former private investigator I have seen too many children who have been mistreated. And as a parent, grandparent and local business owner, feel compelled to provide essential resource prevention events, such as this to help make a positive impact in the lives of our children today."
According to a May 2009 study by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), an estimated 2,000 children are reported missing every day in the United States. The majority are recovered quickly. Nearly one in six missing children is recovered as a direct result of someone recognizing a photograph and contacting authorities such as the type of free 'SmileSafe Kids' cards and other resources as provided at the fair, hosted by NACS and Medical Services of Chattanooga. "We encourage parents and guardians to keep an accessible, up-to-date, good-quality photograph of their child in case of an emergency," states Randy Campbell, Regional Manager of Lifetouch National School Studios; a corporate sponsor of the national 'Take 25' safety awareness program.
NCMEC urges everyone to pay close attention to posters and photographs of missing children. In addition, 'Talk openly to your children about safety," states Margaret Starr, Senior Programs Coordinator with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in Washington, DC. "Make an outing such as to the local shopping mall or area park a teachable moment."