Reno Lodge 13 - Free & Accepted Masons of Nevada

"Nevada's Lodge of Leadership"
Dispensed January 14, 1869
Chartered September 23, 1869

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Nevada Masonic Child ID Program

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WHY? To provide the means that if a child becomes "missing", to deliver the tools immediately to law enforcement that will enhance the search, always with the child’s safety foremost in the mind. A RECENT SURVEY INDICATES THAT 44% OF PARENTS CANNOT GIVE A COMPLETE AND ACCURATE DESCRIPTION OF THEIR CHILD.

The Robert R. Banks Foundation funded the equipment for this program. Through organization donations and corporate sponsorships, this program is FREE to everyone. The equipment will take a digital picture and thumbprints of a child. All this information is returned to the parents in a form suitable to law enforcement agencies and NOTHING is ever retained by our system.

Volunteers from all the Masonic organizations in this area support this program. Freemasons, Scottish Rite, York Rite, Shriners, Eastern Star, DeMolay, Job’s Daughters, Rainbow for Girls and several more participate. If you are not familiar with these organizations, please ask one of the volunteers and they will be happy to tell you who we are.

Since 1982, the number of people reported missing has increased by 528%. The FBI estimates that 80% to 90% are juveniles. That equals over 850,000 children annually reported missing to local authorities. That equals 2,300 children a day, 1 every 40 seconds or 1 out of 42. In 2008, an estimated 7,221 children were reported missing in Nevada. All law enforcement agencies agree that a Quick Response is the best chance to a child’s safe return. Most programs lack the proper tools to improve a child’s safe return. 60% of parents DENY that it could happen to their child.

This is just one tool that a parent can use to help keep their child safe. Check the Internet for http://www.codeamber.org, http://www.yellodyno.com and http://ag.state.nv.us and there are many more web sites what will educate children and parents to identify the danger signs and warnings that they should be looking for.

For upcoming Child ID visits at local schools, please check our Activities section, and announcements.

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