A simple thank-you!

It’s all about “thank you” and all the thanks we need is in the lives we save.

Have you noticed that people have lost many of the social skills that the 40-somethings and older learned from their parents? In a world of social media, e-mail and other digital communications, people have lost the face-to-face etiquette touch. We don’t write thank-you notes, birthday cards or Christmas cards anymore. We just pass by those who hold the door open for us without a second thought. It’s an oddity to find front-porch gatherings anymore. In some cases, we even text people from across the room!

Of course, there are exceptions. The exceptions that bind are, sadly, crises and disasters. As a nation, we came together after 9/11. We came to the rescue of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. And, a missing person makes the nightly news, Amber alerts and gets us together in search parties.

Most of the time it’s in the latter cases that people take notice of the services provided by A Child is Missing. That’s okay, though. In a perfect world, our services wouldn’t be needed at all. In our flawed world, we hope our services are only needed sporadically but, unfortunately, we stay plenty busy finding lost kids and the elderly, plus issuing other varieties of community alerts. (See previous posts for more information.)

Here’s a little bit of what we’ve been up to since January 1, 2001. We have placed almost 64 million calls (yes, millions!). Of those, almost 40 million have been related to cases involving children and almost 13 million have been related to elderly alerts. ACIM has been involved in more than 40,000 cases leading to the millions of calls. How many individuals have been connected to these cases and calls? If you guessed almost 41,000 people, you would have been right!

Law enforcement agencies across the nation have credited ACIM with more than 1,417 successful save assisted recoveries. It’s estimated that A Child is Missing has also assisted in a significant number of unreported recoveries.

Again, our satisfaction comes knowing that we’ve reunited more than 1,400 families.

But our satisfaction isn’t just in the findings. We’re also proud to have trained more than 35,000 law enforcement officers in 8,000 agencies nationwide to be better equipped to find missing people. The old saying is: “The best offense is a good defense.” We contend, though, that our skilled defenders put criminals on the defensive. Until the criminals go away, we’ll continue to train.

We would not be as successful as we are, though, without caring communities and relentless law enforcement agencies. While we send out millions of notices through phone calls, faxes and e-mails, it’s the people on the scene in the affected communities that put their boots on the ground.

So, without further ado, “thank you” to all of you who have helped us the past 13 years. Even though we didn’t send you a thank-you note, please know that we appreciate all

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WATCHING OUT FOR EVERYONE

Don’t let the name mislead you. A Child is Missing is not just about finding lost children. It’s much more.A Senior is Missing

Every missing person of any age is someone’s loved one. Every missing person touches someone’s life. That’s why A Child is Missing also has alert programs for the elderly and the disabled. We can probably all relate to cases in which elderly adults can be as innocent and helpless as a young child, and sometimes with the same mental or physical capacities.

We’ve all likely encountered two of the most dreaded afflictions of the elderly: Alzheimer’s and dementia. Maybe even directly in our own families. We’ve probably seen strong, independent adults lose battles with these diseases that attack their mental capacities, including their cherished memories and ability to communicate effectively.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, six in 10 people with some form of dementia are prone to wandering. Their primary “destinations” are home or work, often times to where they lived and worked when they were younger. Those “homes” or “places of work” may even be several states away.

They are also capable of becoming disoriented in seemingly familiar places, even as familiar as their current homes. To compound the problem, because dementia attacks the memory capacities, these adults may not remember their current address or even their names. Identification obviously then becomes one of the biggest obstacles of recovery. Worse yet, they may wander into the vicinity of a body of water.

In one success story from California, an alert from a mechanic at his place of business saved a 73-year-old elderly woman. The lady suffering from Alzheimer’s had gone missing the evening before and was found about five miles from her home. In this case, ACIM sent nearly 1,200 telephone alerts to the area to aid the search.

ACIM will also come to the aid of people who have become disabled, including people who have been beaten, are unconscious or who are suffering from memory loss. There may be other circumstances where A Child is Missing will become involved so if you think you need assistance, just pick up the telephone.

In any case, ACIM will come to the aid if requested by law enforcement. It’s important to remember that A Child is Missing is not an investigative service. Instead, it works with law enforcement to escalate awareness through its program alerts. The program alerts act as direct line Amber alerts.Name logo

We would all agree, no one should go missing. While no one wants to hear of a missing child, no one wants to get the call that their parents or grandparents have also gone missing. In many ways, an elderly person with diminished mental capacities is no different than a child. They are equally as vulnerable. They are equally as innocent. They are equally as scared. They can be equally as lost.

A Child is Missing makes no distinction between innocent victims. If you’re missing, we want you found!

To donate, log on to: www.achildismissing.org/donate.asp

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