'Eyes of America' lets truckers help find missing children

| Tuesday, June 28, 2005

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 project.

“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.

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