Lodge focuses on child safety

Cooper Lodge #36 is assisting parents with measures to help parents and guardians safeguard their children by hold a MoCHIP event on May 3.
According to a release from the lodge nearly 2,000 children are reported missing or abducted each day in the United States. MoCHIP has been tested eight times in Missouri and in those eight instances every one of those children were returned safely home.
"The peace of mind MoCHIP provides to Missouri families is invaluable. Girls and boys ages 11-21 are statically most susceptible to become missing," the release stated.
The event provides each guardian or parent a disc that contains color photographs, sets of digital fingerprints and information regarding hair and eye color. The disc will also include information about the guardians or parents. These items will be used to search for the missing individual by law enforcement.
According to the lodge security and privacy are the utmost importance. All information and specimens are collected on site, processed and provided to the parent or legal guardian in a yellow envelope. At the end of each event, databases are erased using state-of-the-art software. The only item retained by the Masonic Children's Foundation is the signed permission slip.
The event will be held at Cooper Lodge, which is located on Main Street between the hours of 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.