hand 431248 stampThis weekend, southeast Michigan parents can bring their kids to the Sears store at Briarwood Mall in Ann Arbor for a free child ID program.

The Ann Arbor Masonic Lodge #262 and the Golden Rule Masonic Lodge #159 will be providing a free child identification program from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Sears store of Briarwood Mall, 900 Briarwood Circle in Ann Arbor. The free event is part of the Sears Safety Weekend Event.

Each child who goes through the process will receive a dental impression kit that can be done at home, as well as a CD containing a photo, video, digital fingerprints and their vital information.

Special events include appearances by the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department, the Ann Arbor Fire Department, the Humane Society of Huron Valley, the Washtenaw Area Council for Children, the American Red Cross, and more.

The Michigan Child Identification Program provides the family with everything needed for the Amber Alert System and since 2005 several thousand Michigan families have received this service. The program is also considered one of the most comprehensive programs of its kind by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

For questions or more information about the event, call (989) 466-3087 or consult the Michigan Child ID website.

Teresa J. Shaw covers Southeast Michigan for Traveling Mom. Visit her blog and follow her on Twitter at @TeresaShaw