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Shoney’s wants kids to be safe.


Shoney’s is one of several community sponsors of this program, which is endorsed by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). It offers a free KidCare Photo ID for children, which enables parents to have information readily available for authorities if their child is reported missing. The IDs include a color photograph; fingerprints; information such as height, weight and date of birth; a medical profile; the “Seven Rules for Safety;” and a 24-hour NCMEC hotline number. Over the past 14 years, this program has provided more than 30,000 children with photo IDs and fingerprinting. Click here to learn more about the KidCare Photo ID Program.


The Shoney’s Restaurant building in Safety City was completed in 1999. With this early support, Mr. Bill Baugh, president and CEO of Shoney’s of Knoxville Inc., was instrumental in convincing other organizations to make similar investments. Since Safety City opened in September 2001, approximately 15,000 people visit and 6,700 second-grade children attend educational classes each year. Children learn to follow important safety rules on city and community streets. Shoney’s also sponsors the D.A.R.E. car in Safety City.


This event provides the safe environment of Safety City for children and their families to trick-or-treat. The event has an average of 5,500 participants each year. The event ensures that children will have a safe and enjoyable Halloween and the event greatly reduces the number of children wandering city streets on Halloween.


Stuffed Shoney’s mascot bears have been donated to patrol officers for the Knoxville Police Department, Knox County Sheriff’s Department, and Anderson County Police Department for many years. The officers give them to children who have experienced a traumatic event, such as domestic violence, removal from the home, a murder in the home, or a violent crash scene. The recipient law enforcement organizations have expressed that the simple gesture of consoling a troubled child can help make the difference in the outcome of unfortunate situations.

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