The Rotary Club of Orange, as part of its community service to Orange residents, will sponsor “AMBER Alert” at the upcoming Orange Country Fair on September 17 and 18 at High Plains Community Center. At the booth, Rotary Club members will photograph and gather identifying information on children accompanied by a parent or guardian. AMBER Alert will be located near the Police tents. Hours for AMBER Alert are Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
After Orange Rotary members take a child’s photo and collect identifying information, the accompanying parent or guardian will be provided with an ID card showing the child’s photo, date of birth, height, weight, eye color and any other distinguishing marks. The information is also stored on a database monitored by the state police.
Since children’s physical characteristics change as they grow, it is important to update cards with a new photo every few years. The photo/date gathering service and one card are free, though donations to the Orange Rotary’s service projects will be welcomed. There is a small fee for any additional cards.
The goal of AMBER Alert is to instantly galvanize a community to assist in the search for and safe recovery of an abducted child. Created in 1996, “AMBER Alert” has helped to find and safely recover almost 500 abducted children. It is a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement agencies, broadcasters, transportation agencies and the wireless industry. The program operates in all 50 states as well as in Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.