Masonic Kids ID Program coming to the Stevens County Fair
The Mason's Golden Sheaf Lodge 133 of Morris has teamed up with the Morris Police Department the Stevens County Sheriff's Office and the Stevens County Ambulance Service to host a kids ID event during the Stevens County Fair.
The ID program is Saturday, Aug. 14, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Lee Community Center Community Room.
The fingerprinting, voice ID, DNA, and photo collection program has moved to an electronic version. The Masons will work with Law Enforcement and EMS volunteers to generate individual completed identification packages. Each participant progresses through the several stations of the event (it takes about 10-15 minutes) generating an identifying item at each station. Identifying items are completed, placed in packs and given to participating individuals. The packet will include: physical description and features card, fingerprint card or scanned print, several still photos of various profiles, a video recording of mannerisms with voice interview, and various DNA samples collected from a cheek swab. (All information collected will be given to the parent or legal guardian in a package. The only information kept by the lodge is the completed permission forms.)
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children notes that there are more than 113,400 missing children in the United States between the ages of 6 and 11.
Since 1990, member Grand Lodges and their constituent Local Masonic Lodges have generated over 1.5 Million completed ID packs of children for parents, conducted over 15,000 events in America, and raised awareness of the dangers kids face and how to avoid them.