Cincinnati, OH (PRWEB) December 24, 2008 -
Through the distribution of missing children photos and Child ID Kits as well as seasonal safety tips, Check 'n Go, a leader in payday loan lending, continues to expand its support for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and its mission to keep children safer.
According to the U. S. Department of Justice, 797,500 children were reported missing during a one-year period of time studied, translating to an average of more than 2,100 missing children per day, one child every 41 seconds.
Since 1984, NCMEC has worked with law enforcement on more than 148,160 missing child cases, resulting in the recovery of more than 132,300 children and NCMEC's toll-free national Hotline 1-800-THE-LOST® (1-800-843-5678) has handled more than 2.3 million calls.
Check 'n Go is NCMEC National Photo Partner, redistributing pictures of missing children in more than 1,300 payday loan retail locations throughout the country. Images are divided across stores in 13 regions established by Check 'n Go and NCMEC. Four or more color photos of a missing child from the geographic region are posted in each store and updated bi-monthly. Cumulatively, Check 'n Go features at least 600 photos of missing children each year.
To assist NCMEC in educating parents, Check 'n Go distributes Safety Checks for Children Tip Cards throughout the year. The cards include year-round and holiday-specific tips on how to keep children safer, and what to watch out for.
In an emergency, law enforcement officials need vital information about the missing child as quick as possible. To help parents be prepared, Check 'n Go retail personnel coordinate the distribution of Safe 'n Secure Child ID Kits by coordinating community safety events, or partaking in an established event within their neighborhoods. These events allow Check 'n Go to expand upon our commitment to child safety where our associates live and work.
About Check 'n Go
Check 'n Go is committed to providing services that preserve both the financial security and the dignity of our customers. Check 'n Go operates more than 1,300 locations in 31 states and online at http://www.checkngo.com. A founding member of the Community Financial Services Association of America (CFSA), Check 'n Go provides payday loans and other financial products to consumers in a responsible manner. In fact, Check 'n Go leaders helped create the CFSA Best Practices, which promote responsible lending.
About the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Since its establishment by Congress in 1984, the organization has operated the toll-free 24-hour national missing children's hotline, which has handled more than 2.3 million calls. It has assisted law enforcement in the recovery of more than 128,750 children. It began its Corporate Photo Program in 1985. The organization's CyberTipline has handled more than 600,000 reports of child sexual exploitation and its Child Victim Identification Program has reviewed and analyzed nearly 15 million child pornography images and videos. The organization works in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice's office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. To learn more about NCMEC, call its toll-free, 24-hour hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST or visit http://www.missingkids.com.