(Mountain View) – The Mountain View Ancient Free and Accepted Masons (AF & AM) Lodge #637 and the Thomasville Lodge #387, in conjunction with the Masonic Children’s Foundation, will be holding a free child identification event on December 1 at Mountain View Elementary School from 10 AM until 2 PM.
The program consists of five major components: digital photographs, digital fingerprints, vital child information and emergency contacts, a dental bite impression, and two laminated ID cards. The photographs, fingerprints, and child data are burned onto a mini-CD that is compatible with the Amber Alert system already in place. The dental impression provides a virtual diagram of the child’s biting surface, which, like fingerprints, is unique to each individual, and further supplies enough saliva to provide a DNA sample that can also be used as scent source for trained canine search teams.
On the day of the event, parents are urged to gather pertinent information about the children, such as their doctor, dentist, and emergency contact and phone numbers, allergies, medications, and parent work, cell, and assorted phone numbers. Information and permission slips can be downloaded from the web site www.mochip.org and filled out ahead of time.
Organizers say 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, computer databases are erased using state-of-the-art software.
Lee Glasscock with the Mountain View AF & AM says that for the last few years, the organization has actively provided this service for parents so that they will have the tools available to them in case their children ever become missing. Glasscock says the Foundation has averaged 25,000 children packets provided each year and as of this date, 8 children have been recovered via using these information packets in conjunction with the Amber Alert System.