LEWISTON – On December 4, 2004, the Masons of the 23rd Masonic District will provide a free child identification program from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Multi-Purpose Center.

The program provides parents with an opportunity to receive a videotape of the child, along with their fingerprints, which can be used to distribute to the media and law enforcement officials should their child become missing. Dental records and DNA samples may also be taken at this event.

The Child Identification Program, or “CHIPS,” is sponsored by contributions of the Freemasons of Maine and is the most comprehensive service of its kind. The program is provided free to the public, and all identifying items generated by the program are given to the child’s family. A parent or guardian will need to be present to sign a release.

For more information on the program, contact Brian Harris at 783-3787. For more information about Freemasonry or the Masons, go to www.mainemason.org

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