Children's health and safety focus of Independence Co. event

BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) – Two organizations have partnered to put on the 10th Annual Independence County Children's Health and Safety Fair this weekend, which aims to keep kids safe this summer.

Volunteers from the Junior Auxiliary of Independence County and the United Way Success by Six finished setting up the event Friday, as organizers anticipate more than 400 people to attend the fair Saturday.

Staci Ringwald, the event's chairwoman, says supplies are limited, but the groups have collected more than 200 bike helmets and over 100 life jackets to give away for free.

"It's because of our partnerships and our corporate sponsors that we're able to offer what we do," Ringwald said.

The fair features a car seat distribution check-up. Parents can also get their child's picture taken at the Morgan Nick photo identification booth at no charge, which provides mothers like Andrea Hammack a peace of mind.

"In that state of panic, it would be hard to remember everything about him, even how much he weighed or had on and all that," Hammack said if her three-year-old son went missing, "so it's good to have an ID with (The Morgan Nick Foundation) to be able to tell the specifics of your child."

To check out all these activities, stop by the Independence County Fairgrounds in Batesville. The Children's Health and Safety Fair lasts from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 28.

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