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Masons to sponsor MOCHIP event

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Registration for the Missouri Child Identification and Protection Program (MOCHIP) will be hosted by the Monett Masonic Lodge #129 AF&AM from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11. The lodge is located at 501 13th St. in Monett.

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 and are supported by Missouri Freemasons and other sponsors.

Benji Oakley, event coordinator, said this will be the fourth year the Monett Lodge has sponsored the program.

"Last year approximately 70 area children signed up," said Oakley. "Since the program has begun, 130,000 children have gone through the program, so approximately 300,000 parents have the information needed to help locate their children if they go missing. Eight children have been rescued from kidnapping and returned safely home thanks to the MOCHIP program."

Parents who choose to participate will receive digital photographs and fingerprints of their child on a mini compact disc, all of which will be compatible for the Amber Alert system. A dental bite impression will be taken, which will provide a DNA component and a sample that can be sent for a trained canine search. Families will also receive two laminated ID cards.

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

Registration will be held at the Monett Lodge on the day of the MOCHIP event. Forms can be downloaded prior to the event by visiting www.mochip.org and clicking on "about."

For more information, call Oakley, at 417-669-2862 or Dale Roller with MCF, at 417-838-6997.

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