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.
To date, about 1,900 of the nearly 3,300 children featured on these mailings have been recovered, at least 157 as a direct result of this program." In addition, the U.S. Postal Service publishes photos and information about missing children in the Postal Bulletin, which adds some 700,000 employees to the search effort."
Issue Date: May 18, 2015 ~ Art Director/Designer: Ethel Kessler
Quoted from United States Postal Service Website - click here to read more
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.