By: Kylen Mills
Some Quad Cities parents are taking action to protect their kids.
Trinity Bettendorf hosted a child I.D. safety fair Saturday to help parents store important information about their children.
With several attempted child abductions in our area recently, parents are trying to be proactive.
"As soon as you hear about them locally your heart just drops," said Mom Lisa Campbell.
Campbell is just one of more than 300 parents that brought their kids to Trinity Bettendorf Saturday. Because she says she worries about her 6 year old daughter.
"Well there just has been a lot of probable child abductions lately and I think it's very important to have all this information on hand and it's not something you'd do at home yourself," said Campbell.
The kids photographs, fingerprints, cheek swabs, even voice recordings and a webcam interview were all taken.
"Very easy they make it very simple," said Campbell.
And the parents get to take all the info collected home on a CD.
Organizers say having this information is crucial if the unthinkable were ever to happen.
"It's immediate so again as soon as the law enforcement or anyone else would become involved in the case you have that instant picture of the child and they can help get that information out to the media and everyone else as soon as possible," said Christy Gause, Administrator at Trinity Bettendorf.
And parents say it helps them sleep a little sounder at night.
"The gentleman did tell us about an instance that occurred at Brookfield Zoo and the mother had the information on her and she said by the time they had gotten to the child the person that abducted them had changed their appearance but because they immediately went to the officials they found the child. So I think it's a very worthy thing to do," said Gause.
UnityPoint Health hosted the fair in celebration of the Bettendorf location's 10th birthday.