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Port Chester Kids Get ID Cards at Carver Center

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- Edith Rivera usually spends the work week selling life insurance policies to adults, but Thursday she was at the Carver Center fingerprinting children enrolled in its summer camp program."Our company is based in protection," said Rivera, who works for New York Life Insurance Company in Rye. "This is what we do."As part of a free service to the community, New York Life agents including Rivera offered to create identification cards for children that their parents can keep handy in cases of emergency. The cards display a child's face, thumbprint and physical attributes. They also include basic information such as name and birthdate.

The information collected is immediately deleted after the card is created, though Rivera often recommends to parents that they register their children with national services such as the FBI's Something For Every Child database for added security.New York Life typically provides this service at public events and places where children gather such as schools, community centers and churches. Parental permission is required for an ID to be made.Janett Grosse, manager of children's programs at the Carver Center, said she was grateful for the service, which will make filling out children's information for field trips a lot easier as well as provide an extra sense of security for parents while they are away from their children."Having all the necessary information on one card, you couldn't ask for anything better," said Grosse.

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