A child advocacy group is asking for assistance from the
trucking community to help find missing and abducted children.
“Eyes of America,” a project of Child Watch of North
America, is inviting all truckers to participate in a nationwide, ongoing
effort to find missing and abducted children. Working with national trucking
associations, “Eyes of America” will provide posters of missing children for
the sides of trucks.
Since the organization receives no federal or state funding
for this or any of its efforts, the national campaign will be accomplished with
donations and sponsorships from private individuals and companies. OOIDA, The
American Trucking Associations and XM Satellite Radio are all involved with the
“This is a labor of love, where virtually everyone can
participate, from the biggest corporation to the average person,” said Janet
Ritchie, director of development for the program. “For as little as a gift of
$25, you can place a missing child’s poster on a truck and have another set of
eyes out there looking for kids.”
In addition to the national trucker campaign, the
organization creates and produces educational safety material for families and
educators, including a DVD movie and a DVD music video of children singing
safety tips to children.
For more information on becoming involved with the program,
contact Janet Ritchie at (407) 313-4999, or visit the group’s Web site at www.eyesofamerica.org.