More than 800,000 children are reported missing in the United States each year, which is about one every 40 seconds.
The Florida Masonic Child ID Program is a statewide service provided by Florida Masons at no cost to any child.
“Since its inception in 2007, we have attended public events, providing ID kits for tens of thousands of children,” local Mason Cline Moore said.
“The kit includes digital photos of the child, a digital video, digital fingerprints and a full description, all on a CD. We also provide a DNA sample and two laminated ID cards (one for the parent and one for the child). The kit is contained in a standard DVD case and has printed information inside on how to protect your children and keep them safe.
“All local law enforcement agencies’ contact information is provided and since everything is in digital format, all the information can be disseminated very quickly in an emergency.
“No information is ever retained by the Masons and a single hard copy is provided to the parents. All digital records are destroyed before proceeding to the next child and papers shredded. Best of all, we provide this kit completely free of charge to all families who attend.”
Perry Masonic Lodge #123 will hold a Child ID program Saturday, Oct. 19, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Buckeye Community Federal Credit Union located on Jefferson Street.
The service is free to any child up to the age of 19. All parents are invited to bring their children or grandchildren on Saturday for the event. The Masons will be on site from 9 a.m. until around 1 p.m.