During the Waynedale Community Picnic, Waynedale Masonic Lodge Members, will be offering a free child identification kit, which aims to aid in the identification and recovery of missing children.
The CHIP programs allow parents the opportunity to create a kit of identifying materials for their child, free of charge. The kit contains a fingerprint card, a physical description, a video, computer disk, or DVD of the child, a dental imprint, and a DNA sample. The purpose of the kit is to provide critical information to the public and to law enforcement in the event that a child goes missing. The program has been lauded by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
A parent’s worst nightmare is the disappearance of a child. In today’s society with over one million children being reported missing each year, the Mason’s are committed to helping address this problem. Authorities tell us a child is reported missing every 43 seconds somewhere in the US.
Part of a national campaign, the Masonic Child ID Program has been referenced by state and local law enforcement agencies as their model for establishing this service. The difference between Masonic CHIP and others is that municipal and law enforcement agencies typically place all data that is collected (including fingerprints) into a database. The Masonic Child ID Program operates with strict confidentiality, with all data on portable computers being removed from systems immediately after the DVD data has been written. If a DVD or video is lost by a parent or guardian, they can simply have another created free of charge by attending another Masonic Child ID event.
Mason Members will handing out the free kit on-site at the Waynedale Masonic Lodge, across from Waynedale Park at 7039 Elzey St. during the Picnic. More information about the Waynedale Masonic Lodge can be found here: www.waynedale739.com