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Masonic Lodge to host MOCHIP event

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Registration for the Missouri Child Identification and Protection Program (MOCHIP) will be hosted by Monett Masonic Lodge #129, AF&AM, on Saturday, May 7.

MOCHIP is a comprehensive child identification and protection program designed to provide families a proactive means of preparation should their child or teen become missing.

Services are offered free of charge, thanks to support by Missouri Freemasons and other sponsors.

Randall Prock, event coordinator, said this will be the third year the Monett Lodge has sponsored the program.

Participants will receive digital photographs and fingerprints on a mini compact disc, all of which will be compatible for Amber Alert systems. A dental bite impression will be taken, which will provide a DNA component and a sample sent for a trained canine search. Families will also receive two laminated ID cards.

In its first year of participation, the lodge signed up 302 children, Prock said. Last year's numbers were lower as children do not need updated registration each year. Prock hopes this year will top past participation with invitations sent out through all public and private schools in Monett, Pierce City and Purdy.

The Masonic Children's Foundation retains no information concerning participants except a signed permission form.

Registration will be held at the Monett Lodge at 501 13th St. For more information, contact Prock at 236-4713.

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