Lake County Kids Safety Day Saturday

IDLEWILD — For people who work in emergency services, health care, education, the court system and other social agencies, child safety is a priority.

Various agencies and groups from the Lake County area are coming together to help make safety hit home — providing many fun activities and educational opportunities for families.

Lake County Kids Safety Day will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5, at Yates Township Hall, 6437 S. Nelson Road, Idlewild.

Kim Loop, of Friend of the Court at the Lake County Courthouse, and coordinator of Lake County Children’s Trust Fund, is in charge of the event which is sponsored by the Lake County Childrens Trust Fund.

“The Lake County Childrens Trust Fund is designed to help prevent child abuse and neglect and to advocate for children,” Loop said. “Each year we sponsor different activities, such as Lake County Kids Safety Day, to help raise children’s self esteem and prevent child abuse and neglect.

“We are hoping for a good turnout. The event will happen rain or shine.”

The event rotates to different communities in Lake County each year to reach more people, Loop added. In past years it took place at Luther, Irons and Baldwin.

“Different social agencies and other groups, such as Department of Health and Human Services, juvenile court, the sheriff’s office, local fire departments, Department of Natural Resources, 4-H and Great Start will have booths and will interact with families at the event,” Loop said.

“There will be car seat safety checks and information about proper sleep. The DNR brings Smokey the Bear and teaches campfire safety. Fire departments come with fire trucks. There will be alcohol and marijuana goggles and gunfire safety also will be taught.”

The event also will have free food, such as hot dogs and chips. There will be games, a bounce house, prizes, raffles and giveaways.

“We are taking donations for the event,” Loop said. “Any help will be appreciated.”