On the 17th of March, Montgomery Lodge of Milford, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, hosted a MyCHIP Event at the 24th Annual Family Fun and Disabilities Awareness Fair held at the Milford High School Cafeteria. MyCHIP, or the Masonic Youth Child Identification Program, provides parents with an emergency package for their child, including a video interview, fingerprints, tooth impressions, and a DNA cheek swab. The fair is orchestrated by a partnership between the MA Department of Developmental Services, Kennedy-Donovan Family Support Center, Milford Commission on Disability and Milford Family & Community Network.
The MyCHIP Program started in 1988, and since then has been used to identify over 300,000 children. It is estimated that more than 1 million children are lost each year, and the MyCHIP program is in place to help with the recovery of those children. The program is funded by the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts, with the work performed by individual Lodges. Usually a volunteer dental crew performs the tooth impressions. All of the data collected is handed back to the parents to keep in a safe place, just in case they are faced with a parent’s biggest fear.
For more information about the MyCHIP program, or to find an event near you, visit www.mychip.org.
Montgomery Lodge is one of the country’s oldest Masonic Lodges, chartered by Most Worshipful Paul Revere in 1797, with a prestigious membership including local names of Thayer, Eastman, Claflin, Draper, and Stacey. For more information, please visit www.montgomerylodge.org.