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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Real Help for Kids in Trouble

Have you ever gotten an email about a missing child or seen a Facebook update that someone has posted that says, "Repost this as your status and we can find this missing child?" Unfortunately, if you check the Snopes site most of these seemingly good-intentioned messages are either a complete hoax to play on our sensitivities or simply too outdated to do any good. So, is there a way to actually help kids in danger? Why, yes, there is...:)

A few months ago I registered my mobile number with the Wireless AMBER Alerts System, and now when there is an AMBER Alert in my area I receive a free text message that tells me the details of the alert. I receive updates throughout the alert period, and when the child is safely returned I receive a message that the alert has been cancelled. All of these messages, again, are absolutely free, and if you are familiar with the AMBER Alert system, they are vital to helping children who have been taken.

If you are unfamiliar with the AMBER Alert system, then I highly suggest visiting the website. Also, there is a great movie from Lifetime called Amber's Story--it's very sad, as you can imagine, but it was so interesting to see how this horrible tragedy brought about an amazing system that is still helping children today.

Take care, and "Be the Blessing" today!


Donna said...

I didn't know you could get text alerts like this, Rachel. Thanks so much for sharing this!

Donna said...

I'm all signed up and it took about 5 seconds...just the time it took to type in my cell #. They do not sell or share your number with any other parties.

Rachel said...

Great, Donna! It's such an easy thing to do, and who knows what one little text message may accomplish? Thanks for signing up!