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County Executive MaryEllen Odell is once again pleased to invite Putnam County residents to the Children’s Expo & Public Safety Day, on Saturday, May 13th, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the TOPS (Training and Operations) building on the Donald B. Smith Campus, 112 Old Route 6 in Carmel. Admission is free.
“Putnam County is a great place to live,” said Odell. “Our county is frequently cited as one of the best counties in the state to raise children and that’s because we are committed to keeping Putnam safe through the efforts of police, local government, social service agencies, private partnerships and extraordinary volunteer fire departments and service groups.”
Once again, Putnam Hospital Center has joined long-time CAC supporter Eric Gross as an Expo sponsor. “Putnam Hospital is an integral part of this community,” said Odell. “As a leader in the health care industry, it recognizes the benefits of being proactive in protecting and promoting children’s health.”
“This event is about community, and provides an opportunity to meet and celebrate all the people and organizations who give so much of their time to serve children and families,” added Anthony Sutton, commissioner of the Bureau of Emergency Services. “We’re looking forward to showing residents the latest in Fire Prevention and Safety Services.”
The Children’s Expo is co-presented by the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) and the Bureau of Emergency Services of Putnam County. “It’s an easy way to educate families on health and safety issues, as well as the support services available to them in the community, all while having fun,” said Marla Behler, program coordinator of the CAC.
New this year is the addition of food trucks. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office will once again be offering Operation SAFE CHILD. Operation SAFE CHILD cards contain a child’s name, biographical information (date of birth, gender, height, weight, hair color, eye color, etc.), and a fingerprint image of both index fingers.
In addition, exhibitors will offer information on a wide range of programs, services and activities for children and families in addition to games, a giant bouncy house, face painting, raffles, food and lots of free giveaways! Also back this year is the Home Depot’s free Kids Workshops which offers fun and useful building projects. The workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety while they help to instill a sense of accomplishment.
For more information on sponsorship opportunities contact MaryBeth Ross@putnamcountyny.gov or call (845)808-1400.