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Posted on: April 20, 2017

Masons cited for donating ID kits to special needs children

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WEST HAVEN, April 20, 2017 — From front left, Frank Mangiero, worshipful master of the Masons of Annawon Lodge 115, receives the “You Make a Difference Award” from Viola Waldo, chairwoman of the West Haven Parent Support Group for children with special needs, and Robert S. Morton, director of West Haven Youth and Family Services, on Wednesday, April 19, at City Hall. From left, front to back, Masons Evan Mangiero, Steve Hildrich, John Ryan, Bill Barr, Frank Andriulli III and Jim Jennette.

The Masons were recognized by Morton and Waldo on behalf of the West Haven Interagency Network for Children for donating Masonic Child Identification Programs, or CHIP, kits to 17 special needs children Monday, Jan. 30.

Morton, director of WHINC, said children with special needs are more at risk for running away, going missing or being abducted.

Sponsored by the Connecticut Freemasons Foundation, the ID kits, also known as Purple Packs, aim to “give police a jump-start on finding a missing child.”

Each kit contains a brief recorded interview, a digital photo, fingerprints, a dental impression and a cheek DNA sample.

(City Photo/Sharon Rodriguez)

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