National Missing Children’s Day is an annual reminder to the nation to make child safety a priority.
“In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 25th to be National Missing Children’s Day, and this day has been observed by every administration since. May 25th marks the anniversary of the disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz who went missing from a New York street corner on his way to school.
His story captivated the nation. His photo, taken by his father, a professional photographer, was circulated nationwide and appeared in media across the nation and around the world. Etan became the poster-child for a movement. The powerful image came to symbolize the anguish and trauma of thousands of searching families.
The widespread attention brought to Etan’s case and several others eventually led to a nationwide commitment to help locate and recover missing children. National Missing Children’s Day honors this commitment by reminding parents, guardians, and others to make child safety a priority.
Take 25 is a preventive child safety campaign created by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) in honor of National Missing Children’s Day. Designed to raise awareness of the issues surrounding missing and exploited children, the Take 25 campaign encourages parents, guardians, educators, and others to take 25 minutes to talk to children about safety.
With a focus on prevention, Take 25 provides communities with free safety resources including engaging safety tips, conversation starters, and child ID kits. Take 25’s resources are available free of charge and can be found at local Take 25 events.” – Take 25
If you have been with me for a while then you know I post Missing Children flyers that I receive from Polly Klaas. Since I became a mother, the thought of losing my daughter has always been there in the back of my mind. You don’t want to think about it…but it is just there. I can’t imagine what I would do. I feel like I am helping, even if it is just a little, when I post these flyers on my blog, facebook or twitter. It is the least I can do.
For the parents who are missing children, my hearts go out to you.
For the children who are missing, my hearts go out to you as well and I hope that you make it home safe and sound.
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