• Free MoCHIP here

Over the past 13 years, more than 240,000 children in Missouri have been processed through the MoCHIP Child I.D. Program.

During this year’s Seymour Apple Festival, local parents can protect their children via MoCHIP at no cost, courtesy of Seymour’s Hazelwood Masonic Lodge No. 459, A.F. & A.M., and the Grand Lodge of Missouri.

Free MoCHIP registration will occur from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday at Station No. 2 of the Southern Webster County Fire Protection District (SWCFPD), located on West Market Street, just off the northwest corner of the Seymour square.

“It’s for all children from birth through age 18,” explained David Smith, board president for the SWCFPD and a longtime Hazelwood Lodge member. “MoCHIP here is sponsored by the Grand Lodge of Missouri, and we’re hoping for a really good turnout.”

Once a child is processed through the MoCHIP program, which takes about 15 minutes, parents are armed with a single, pre-printed envelope that instructs authorities in the event of an emergency. Within a matter of minutes, the MoCHIP compact disc can be loaded into a computer directly from a police officer’s automobile and entered into the Amber Alert system.

He concluded that Saturday’s MoCHIP process in Seymour is quick and easy.

“Best of all, it’s free,” Smith said with a smile. “Again, it will take about 15 minutes. To me, it’s the best thing you can do to protect your child.”

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