Families Gain Security At Child Safety Event

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HAZELWOOD, MO (KTVI)-In Hazelwood, Dave Mungenast Hyundai welcomed the KlaasKids Child Safety Event Saturday morning. Volunteers offered families free child ID kits.

A 3-year-old asked people she has never met before if they liked her beaded necklace.

"She's usually willing to go to anybody,” said Kimberly Robinson about her granddaughter.  “And, I'd rather her be safe and us know that we can find her later if we have to."

"When a loved one goes missing, you have no idea what to do,” Le explained.  “A lot of times, what you'll see is that the parents are just in shock.  They cannot believe something like this could happen."

The day was about empowerment.  Mark Klaas started offering the kits after his daughter, Polly, was kidnapped from her California home at knife point.  That was in October 1993.  Police found her body two months later.  In 2011, also in California, Michael Le’s big sister was kidnapped by a long-time friend.  Police found 26-year-old Michelle Le murdered four months later.  Michael started volunteering for KlaasKids almost immediately.

Le  and other volunteers with Mungenast Hyundai gave families pictures, thumbprints, even DNA sample kits for their little ones at the KlassKids Child Safety Day Saturday.

"We want to honor our loved ones and their legacy,” Le said.

He said that being able to hand police a child ID kit report if your child goes missing could stop the clock on a terrifying statistic.

"A ‘Mile a Minute’ is very close to Mark's heart,”' Le said.  “His daughter was found right off a main freeway called the 101.  Basically, he was just on the freeway, took off a mile a minute , 60 miles an hour."

"It happened to them, so it could happen to anybody,” Robinson said, while getting a printout of the granddaughter’s and son’s picture and thumbprint.  “So, do it."

Website: Polly Klaas Foundation

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