Masons to provide free child ID program at city festival

By Sue Suchyta
MELVINDALE – Hiram Masonic Lodge 110 will bring the Michigan Child Identification Program to the Melvindale Days Festival.

The service will be available from noon to 8 p.m. June 10 through 13 at the Melvindale Ice Arena, 4300 S. Dearborn St.

The information and material gathered is not kept by the Masons, but is given to parents, who sign a permission slip retained by the group. There is no charge for the service.

MICHIP is sponsored by the Michigan Masons and uses a defined “Masonic Model” called Comprehensive Masonic Chip. It currently is in operation by Masonic jurisdictions in 13 states and continues to be adopted by Masons across North America.

The kit includes a dental impression, DNA in saliva and cheek cells, fingerprints, photo and a video interviews. The saliva provides search-and-rescue dogs with the child’s scent if it is ever needed.