The Nebraska Freemasons held a CHIP (Child Identification Program) event at Northside Elementary in Nebraska City Oct. 8.  
The Western Star Lodge No. 2 Freemasons, led by Grand Master Ed Reed, organized and ran the event with help from volunteers of other similar organizations.
Families brought in their children for a kit that would give them critical information in the event a child was missing.  They went through different stations where volunteers helped them compile information to be placed on a CD: digital photos, video interview, and digital fingerprints.  
In addition, they were provided with a DNA cheek swab, tooth-print, and scent-pad kit.  The $5 kits were provided free of charge thanks to the Freemasons as well as a donation by the American Legion, and families were directed to keep the information in a safe place in case it is ever needed.
Shari Whitehead brought in her four year old Peyton to do CHIP. She said, “I just think it’s important… Any way you can identify your child is imperative.  I hope everyone would come out and do this!”
The program started with Freemasons in Pennsylvania and events are now held nationwide. The local chapter holds events every two to three years, and this is the fourth time it has been offered in the area. They had a great turnout of local families who were very appreciative of the opportunity to participate.