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(WBIR) An East Tennessee restaurant hit a big milestone this weekend when it comes to helping parents be ready in case they're faced with tough scenarios.

Shoney's and its partner groups set up at Foothills Mall in Maryville on Sunday to make free KidCare Photo IDs for children.

The IDs include a color photo of each child, a copy of their fingerprints, and other identifying information. So if a child goes missing parents can just hand that packet over to police.

Related: Shoney's KidCare program

"They really need a hard copy close-up head and shoulders photo of your child because if your child is missing you go into a panic and can't get the information to the police fast enough. Just hand that over to the police and then they can hopefully find your child," Annie LaLonde, Shoney's of Knoxville marketing and advertising director

Over the past 19 years, the program has provided more than 37,000 children with IDs.

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