I learned last week of the United States Postal Service's new postage stamp, one for Missing Children. I am so excited. I usually buy the "Forever Stamps" because when stamp costs increase, I don't need to worry about the increased postage. But guess what...the Stamp for Missing Children IS a Forever Stamp. It's the best of both worlds. Not only can I increase awareness of missing children, I will not have to worry about purchasing one and two cent stamps in the future.
The stamp was released yesterday, May 18, 2015. According to the United States Postal Service's website about this new design, here are some statistics on how their efforts to locate our missing children have been successful.
More than 460,000 reports of missing children were made to law enforcement in the United States in 2014. Fortunately, loved ones have reason for hope: Increased public awareness, training, laws, and technology have led to more missing children coming home now than at any other point in history. For three decades, the U.S. Postal Service has also been honored to help with the search, cooperating with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and Valassis Communications, Inc., on a program that features photographs of missing children on advertising materials delivered to millions of American homes.
A special thanks to the United Postal Service for this new stamp -
may this inspire hope and increase awareness.
May all our missing be found and returned home to the family,
friends, and communities that miss them so much.
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323