Today, Thursday, January 3, would have been Polly Klaas's 32nd birthday.
To commemorate the slain girl, the KlaasKids Foundation is announcing a new tools aimed at helping police and community members in the first hours after a child disappears.
These include a free online tool to protect children from predators and abusive marketers and Polly’s Guardian Angel, the nation's first parent-initiated missing child smartphone alert application.
The new tools were unveiled Thursday at a Morgan Hill elementary school and presented by Polly's father, Marc Klaas. Steve LaMar, father of missing Morgan Hill teen Sierra LaMar, slain student Michelle Le’s cousin Krystine Dinh, child kidnap victim Midsi Sanchez, and uncle of Xiana Fairchild, Danny Domingo were also scheduled to appear.
“My Polly was kidnapped in 1993. It's been 20-years,” said Marc Klaas in a statement released prior to the event. “We can think of no better way to commemorate her memory than to provide America’s young families with child safety solutions that reflect the challenges faced by children in this era of advanced technology.”
The foundation will also launch the Klaas Family Housing Fund, a program to assist the families of missing children with housing expenses by partnering with Tracy McLaughlin, an owner of Pacific Union International/Christie's International Real Estate.