Safe Place is aiding children and parents should they become separated on the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds.
Safe Place volunteers greet families at the gate. The Safe Place tent is located next to the entrance to the midway (the rides).
Should the parents desire the service, each child is given a bright yellow sticker. The parent’s cell phone number of written on the sticker.
“We ask for no names,” said Safe Place volunteer Jacque Burt. “If the child and parents become separated, the child can come here or go to a security officer.
“The cell phone number lets us get in touch with the child’s parents,” she said. “We have coloring books and things to do for the child as he/she waits for his/her parents.
Eight or 9-year-olds probably know their parent’s cell phone number but if they are scared or confused, they might mix up the numbers, Burt said.
This is the fourth or fifth year this service has been provided.
Sunday night, Safe Place volunteers reunited 13 children with their families. During last year’s fair, the service was used by 170 children.