No one wants to think about it, but every parent should do it for every kid.
In case a child goes missing, the first thing the police will need is a recent photo. Even that can be difficult when a parent is in the emotional state that accompanies this crisis.
Now you can get an information packet about your child that shows not only what he looks like but also what he sounds like, on an audio recording. The kit has not just her finger prints (recorded digitally for easy sharing among law enforcement officers), but also a sample of her DNA. There’s even a video recording of the child answering a few questions.
If you come to the Masons’ pancake breakfast on Sunday, Sept. 29, you can get the ID kit free.
Come early, because the line may be long for this popular event. While you wait, enjoy breakfast with your family.
Breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Forest Lake Masonic Lodge, 119 SE 8th Ave. SE. From US-61 (Lake Street) turn east on 8th Avenue (the road between Ace Hardware and the Music Connection). Go east one block, crossing SE 1st Street (the road to the back of Dairy Queen). The Mason’s Lodge is on the north side of the street.
Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for kids. The Masons use the proceeds to provide philanthropic support for cancer research, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, Venture Crew, Salvation Army, food shelves, and scholarships, so you know the money will go to a good cause.
And if you ever need help getting your child back, you will be able to quickly provide an ID kit with priceless information.
Included in ID package
-Height, weight, eye color, hair color
-Audio recording of the child’s voice
-Video recording of the child answering questions
-Digital finger prints
-Parent contact information
All information is burned onto a CD-ROM, which is given to the parents. Then the information is automatically deleted from the computer, so the parents have the only copy. No one can access the information except from the disc, so keep it in a safe place.
Because children change so fast in appearance, a new ID kit should be created at least every three years, and more often is better.
For information visit www.mn-masons.org/masonic-programs/kidsID.