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Nick Swisher donates $25,000 to help protect Cleveland-area children

The FBI and FBI Citizens Academy Foundation recognized Nick Swisher with an award during a pregame ceremony on May 30 for his commitment to protect Cleveland-area children with his $25,000 donation in support of the FBI's Child ID Kit program. With over 2,000 children going missing everyday, preparation with these kits is critical. The gift also means a lot to Northeast Ohio, in light of the recent recovery of three missing women in Cleveland.

"When this opportunity came, especially on the heels of what had happened in our own backyard with those three girls, for me, it was pretty much a no-brainer," Swisher said. "To be able to do this, especially with the technology and things that have taken us on the next level to protect our children -- especially now that I have one of my own -- I could not have been more honored or more happy to be a part of this."

The kits mainly include three simple things: an inkless fingerprint kit, a DNA collection envelope and a laminated wallet card. In the unlikely event of a child's disappearance, all the parent has to do is give the kit to law enforcement.

Swisher's donation will provide close to 15,000 of the kits to families. "Works for me, bro," Swisher said.

"It really means a lot, especially with the things that happened in Boston and the things that happened in Cleveland. It seems like there's not enough good going on in the world right now, and this is one of those things that is good and can help. That's what I'm here for. This is what we do. We like to give back, because we know with everything that has been given to us in our lives it's the right thing to do."

The FBI had a gift to thank the Swisher family -- a tiny pink Swisher jersey and FBI onesie. "I'm not crying on camera!" Swisher yelled with a smile.

Kits were distributed at the Indians-Reds game on May 30 at Progressive Field and will also be distributed in the Greater Cleveland area throughout the year by the FBICAF, FBI and partnering organizations.

-- Courtney Schilling / Real-Time Correspondent

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