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June 13, 2013

Masonic Lodge to Offer MoCHIP Program During Kids Safety Day

The Second Annual Kids Safety Day to be held Saturday on the Memphis City Square will offer a variety of educational opportunities for parents and their children to keep area youngsters secure and healthy.

One special opportunity will be provided by the Memphis Masonic Lodge #16 through the MoCHIP program.

Local masons will be volunteering with representatives of the company to provide the child protection service free of charge to anyone up to age 21. The service will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 15th.

MoCHIP is a comprehensive child identification program designed to give Missouri families a measure of protection against the ever increasing problem of missing and abducted children. MoCHIP stands for Missouri Child Identification and Protection Program. The program uses a computer disc to provide information to the parents. Microchips are not used in the program.

Missouri Freemasons are bringing this program to communities throughout the State. The Missouri Masonic Children's Foundation, the sole sponsor, is working with local Masonic Lodges to provide consistent and comprehensive MoCHIP events as part of their ongoing commitment to Missouri's children and families. This program is provided FREE OF CHARGE to every Missouri family who participates.

The program consists of five major components: Digital Photographs; Digital Fingerprints; Child Information and Emergency contacts; Dental bite impression; Two (2) laminated ID cards.

All participants are asked to fill out a Permission Form to participate in the MoCHIP event. Parents or guardians then fill out the Information Collection Sheet with information about their child. All information is voluntary.

The digital photographs, digital fingerprints and Child information and emergency contacts are given to the parent or guardian of the child on a mini-CD computer disk.

The information on the disk is compatible with the format required by the "AMBER ALERT" program.

The dental bite impression provides an impression of the biting surface of the child's teeth, which like fingerprints, are unique to each individual. The dental impression collects enough saliva to provide a DNA sample and a source for a scent for trained canine search and recovery teams. Together, these five measures provide a powerful and recovery tool.

The Masonic Children's Foundation retains no information concerning the children; only the signed permission form is

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