Local families will get a chance to spend time with the kids while potentially aiding at risk children this weekend during a "Movie Under the Stars" event hosted by the Muscogee County Sheriff's Office.
The Sheriff's Office will host a Family Fun Day and Movie Under the Stars event Saturday to benefit Project Lifesaver, according to a Sheriff's Office press release. The event will held at Northern Little League on Psalmond Road. Festivities will begin at 4 p.m.
Project Lifesaver provides law enforcement with a way to locate and rescue at risk adults and children with cognitive disorders such as autism, Down syndrome and Alzheimer's disease. People with these disorders are more likely to run away or wander off, according to the release.
Sgt. Kasey Trombley said the program works by providing families in custody of people with cognitive disorders with bracelets that have GPS capabilities. Money raised at the event would go toward purchasing tracking equipment that would allow deputies to look for lost people who are utilizing the bracelet.
"It costs about $75, that's what the family has to pay for the bracelet," Trombley said. "Once a month we will send a deputy out to the person's home to put a new battery in it and check on it just to make sure it's working."
Trombley said the department needs to raise $4,500 to buy the new tracking equipment. Extra money raised will go toward a fund that will pay for bracelets for families that can't afford the $75 fee.
At Northern Little League Saturday, attendees can expect a Kids Fun Zone with bouncy houses, obstacle courses and a dunking booth. Thirty-five area vendors will sell boutiques, jewelry, food and other items.
When night falls, the Sheriff's Office will play "The Croods," a Dreamworks comedy focusing on a prehistoric family.
The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to make donations to Project Lifesaver during the event.
Those who do not wish to attend but still wish to make a contribution can by milkshakes or smoothies at any area McDonald's Friday through Sunday. Pezold Management has pledged to donate $0.50 from each shake or milkshake sold to Project Lifesaver during the weekend.