These are news releases submitted by the national not-for-profit, public supported, 501(c)(3) charity named
Finding Our Children Under Stress (F.O.C.U.S.)/"3-Children" Organization, created and developed by families who have a missing child - these "Press Releases" were sent to a national web site for charities as well as to local newspapers.
FOCUS E.I.N. # 11-3424080
"Manzanita, Oregon Post Master and Post Office Staff will be presented an "Outstanding Service Commendation Award", on Friday September 5, 2008, at 12:00 noon, in front of the Manzanita Post Office, on Main St. in Manzanita. On behalf of the families who have a missing loved one, FINDING OUR CHILDREN UNDER STRESS (F.O.C.U.S.) Organization thanks the Manzanita Post Master (Beth Messinger), and the Post Office Staff, for providing outstanding service in helping with the federal, annual funded, national programs, that have been developed, to help search for both short term and long term missing children, and missing adults. Each month the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
(NCMEC) prints as many as a dozen, multi-photo id information Missing Child Postal Bulletin Notices, and emails them to all the Post Offices in the country. According to the written instructions for the management of these programs, written on the back of each Postal Bulletin, every Post Office in the country is suppose to maintain a viewing area for missing person notices, in the post office "box" area of the Post Office (open 24/7), as well as keep copies in the workroom floor area, so the carriers can view the notices before and after their route.
The Manzanita Post Office adds the monthly Missing Child Postal Bulletin Notices to the Missing Child Binder provided to 2,567 western states Post Offices by the "3-Children"/F.O.C.U.S. Organization, on a current basis. In one study, conducted by the volunteers of the FOCUS Organization, only six out of over 2,500 Post Offices had any type missing child or missing adult notices posted or available for display (there were actually more Post Offices with missing animal flyers posted than missing person flyers). Manzanita Post Office is the only one of the six that kept all the current years missing child postal bulletin notices available for viewing. Two of the other six had several of the current years notices posted. The other three of the six, out of 2,567 (less than 1%) had old, several year old missing child postal notices displayed; but, all the children displayed had already been located.
If all the Post Offices in the country followed the directions for the management of the federal, annual funded,
NALC/USPS CHILD ALERT PROGRAM, as the Manzanita, OR Post Office does, the search for missing children would become much more efficient, the Amber Alert would become even more efficient than it already is, and child abduction prevention education and awareness would become much more efficient."
if you have a news reporter and a photographer in the Manzanita, OR area on 9/5 at noon please have them cover the award presentation. Our organizations will have a display table with some of our help find and prevent missing persons programs available for viewing. Free child abduction prevention literature will be available, flyers of missing persons, and a written notice regarding the Awards Ceremony.
ceo/cfo/spokesperson for FOCUS
one of many volunteers
our challenge: WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF ONE OF YOUR CHILDREN WAS MISSING?
MAY 08 F.O.C.U.S./"3-CHILDREN" ORGANIZATION NEWSLETTER UPDATE
"7-STEP SIGHTING SEARCH PROGRAM"
ACTIVATED IN SAN FRANCISCO
To help kick-off and promote National Missing Child Awareness Day, and to remind people about missing children last seen in San Francisco, the Finding Our Children Under Stress/"3-Children" (F.O.C.U.S.) Organization, has completed a mailing to seven categories of service-related-businesses most likely to help locate a long term missing child/person (the mailing included the missing children flyer notices of several missing persons last seen in San Francisco). The seven categories of businesses included:
1. All buildings owned or controlled by the Federal Government, including: (Post Offices [39 in the City and County of San Francisco], the Federal Courthouse, the Federal Custom House, and the information Visitor Center of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area). According to and directed by, the Presidential Memorandum (dated 1/19/1996):
"By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution
and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to
provide for the posting of missing persons or children notices in
buildings owned or controlled by the Federal Government,
I direct as follows: ...Executive departments and agencies
possessing custody or control over buildings or facilities occupied
by Federal employees shall take such actions as are reasonable,
necessary, and appropriate to provide for the posting of missing
persons or children notices in public and other appropriate areas
of such domestic buildings or facilities...".
2. Local media (sent to 9 major newspaper and television stations) for possible inclusion in articles and broadcasts promoting National Missing Child Awareness Day on May 25, 2008.
3. The San Francisco Bay Area Boy & Girl Scout Council Headquarters. five hundred flyer notices
featuring missing children last seen in San Francisco to be distributed to the local scout troops
in the City for distribution and posting by the Scouts, and by their parents into their work places.
4. Homeless shelters, food center services, and teen help services - for posting so both their staff
can view the flyers, as well as the people in need and using these service businesses and charities.
5. Local medical and health facility services. including major hospitals and clinics, again for posting
where both the staff and the patients can view the missing person notices.
6. Local educational facilities (universities, colleges, and trade schools)
7. Local city and county facilities (libraries, city and county government related buildings)"
The cover letter, which includes the above quoted section, then goes on:
"Please help these families find their missing loved one.
By posting these missing children flyers (for more information
about our charity or questions about this program, phone
our toll free missing child "hot line": (888)-704-7966
(pin number 4672 at prompt)".
Following that, on the cover page mailed to all of the above named locations, are the instruction request to each of the seven categories of businesses, to the Post Offices:
"post master or station master, as part of the "NALC/USPS
CHILD ALERT NATIONAL PROGRAM" (coordinated and
directed in partnership with the National Center for Missing
& Exploited Children (N.C.M.E.C.), we ask you to please
post these flyers for display in the "POST OFFICE BOX
LOBBY AND NOT IN THE MAIN RETAIL (FULL SERVICE)
LOBBY AS WELL AS IN A PROMINENT LOCATION WHERE
LETTER CARRIERS WILL BE ABLE TO SEE THEM BEFORE
OR AFTER THEY GO OUT ON THEIR ROUTES". PER
"MISSING CHILDREN POSTER DISPLAY INSTRUCTIONS",
PRINTED ON ALL MONTHLY PRINTED MISSING CHILD
"POSTAL BULLETINS", WHICH ARE PROVIDED BY THE
A mailing list of the seventy-seven service businesses, was also included in the mailing of our "7-Step Sighting Search Program". An identical mailing was sent to other not-for-profit charities (who's mission is to help find and prevent missing children), and to many families who's missing child is included in our many missing child flyer notice programs, that feature posting and distribution. We ask anyone who receives this Newsletter Update to forward it by email to as many people as possible.
Terry Parks, the appointed spokesperson and member of the F.O.C.U.S./"3-CHILDREN" Board of Directors, also will be interviewed by a local radio station regarding this project to help promote National Missing Child Awareness Day, and to help locate some of the missing children last seen in San Francisco.
F.O.C.U.S./"3-CHILDREN" ORGANIZATION VOLUNTEER, IMPROVES AND DEVELOPS
NEW HELP FIND AND PREVENT MISSING CHILDREN PROGRAMS
Volunteer Ralph Williams, who's previous charity work includes being one of California's Regional Representatives for "Toys-for-Tots" (for many years), is traveling to, and participating in, many high-attendance regional fairs and festivals this summer, with our MAC SHACK BOOTH (MobileAwareness Center, about missing persons). He and his wife "put together" two hundred of our 08 Missing Person Display Binders, for distribution to Post Offices in four western states. Over the past five years F.O.C.U.S./"3-CHILDREN" volunteers have distributed our missing person display binders to over 2,500 Post Offices in nine U.S. States, and some in western Canada. During our travels we've discovered only six of the over 2,500 Post Offices have had any missing person or children notices on display (other than the ones we leave for display), as they are suppose to have, as directed and described in the instructions on the back of each N.C.M.E.C. monthly printed "Postal Bulletin" - printed exclusively for the Federal, National, "NALC/USPS CHILD ALERT PROGRAM". We continue attempting to work with the Federal Departments and Agencies responsible for managing this Program, by informing them about the fact that less than one percent of the Post Offices in this study have had any missing children flyers displayed; however, we've received no response back.
Mr. Williams, and his entire family, have put together a very professional looking MAC SHACK Booth, which attracts large crowds of people to it. They plan on participating in several high attendance fairs and regional festivals during the spring, summer, and fall of 08 with the MAC SHACK BOOTH (where they will both display and distribute flyer notices of missing children and information about child abduction prevention).
Mr. William's daughter and son-in-law are currently working on, and putting together, a web site for the F.O.C.U.S./"3-CHILDREN" Organization. It should be on the internet any day now. Mr. Ralph Williams has also developed a new help find and prevent missing children program, involving "Display-Rolls". You may be familiar with "Display-Rolls", restaurants use them for displaying desert or wine lists placed on each table of the restaurant. They have five inch by seven inch (5"X7" glossy paper with the menu list printed, and you flip each page over; however, Mr. Williams has arranged with several restaurant chains and businesses in the CA Central Valley to display the F.O.C.U.S. Organization's "Display-Rolls" with missing children flyer notices instead of desert and wine menus. Mr. Williams is currently negotiating with a restaurant chain, with restaurants located throughout the world, to help promote this project.
On behalf of the families with a missing child, the Board of Directors and volunteers of the F.O.C.U.S. Organization, and everyone who cares about helping find and prevent missing children, we give our heart-felt thanks to Mr. Ralph Williams (for bringing his 30 plus years of expertise and experience with "Toys-For-Tots" to F.O.C.U.S.), and his family for their invaluable volunteer work for the FINDING OUR CHILDREN UNDER STRESS Organization.
We're definitely going to need a great deal of funding help to pay for the "Display-Roll" Program - each missing child flyer "Display-Roll" costs between eight to ten dollars ($8.00-$10.00) depending on how many flyers are included on each "Display-Roll". The missing child "Display-Roll" Program has been registered and copyrighted as an original Ralph Williams F.O.C.U.S. Organization idea and project.
OAKLAND ATHLETICS BASEBALL ORGANIZATION'S ANNUAL SILENT AUCTION
June 8, 2008 will be the date the Oakland A's hold their annual Community Funds Silent Auction to benefit the F.O.C.U.S./"3-CHILDREN" Organization. The Oakland Athletics Baseball Organization donates 14 baseball related items (many autographed by present and past A's players) for the auction which is held during the Sunday game against the A's main rival the Los Angeles Angels. This is the seventh year the F.O.C.U.S./"3-CHILDREN" Organization has been included as one of the Bay Area charities benefited by the Oakland Athletics Community Funds Program. Their support has been instrumental in the success of our help find and prevent missing children programs, and we extend our deepest thanks for their thoughtfulness and financial support, and wish the team the best of luck during their baseball season, this and every year.
OAKLAND A'S SILENT AUCTION A BIG SUCCESS
On June 8th the Oakland Athletics ( A's ) Baseball Organization held their "COMMUNITY FUNDS
SILENT AUCTION", during the game against the Seattle Mariner's, and all the proceeds from the "Silent Auction" were donated, by the A's, to the F.O.C.U.S./"3-CHILDRNEN' Organization. $2,224.00 was raised this year. This money will be used for our 2009 help find and prevent missing children Programs. On behalf of the families who have a missing loved one, we thank the Oakland Athletic's Baseball Organization for their continued support. 2008 was the 7th year the Oakland Athletic's featured our charity at one of their Community Fund's sponsored Silent Auction events.
ELK, CALIFORNIA POST MASTER AND POST OFFICE STAFF
TO BE HONORED BY "F.O.C.U.S./"3-CHILDREN"
While distributing this years (2008) missing person "binders" to Post Offices along hwy 1 in Marin and Sonoma Counties, duing late September and early October, our volunteer (Terry Parks) found the second Post Office, out of the 2,576 that he's been into to drop off our 3-Ring Missing Person Binder (between 100 to 200 of the over 100,000 long-term missing persons reported, and on file in the United States, are featured in our Missing Person's Binder - now left for display by FOCUS/"3-CHILDREN" in over 2,600 buildings owned or controlled by the federal government), that actually followed the directive of the 1/19/96 Presidential Memorandum and the written instructions printed on each of the monthly printed "Postal Bulletins", by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). The Post Master of the Elk, California Post Office uses our charities Binder and adds all the pages of missing children printed by the NCMEC every month. Manzanita, Oregon was the only other Post Office or federal building that actually does what every Post Office in the country is suppose to be doing. As we presented the Commendation Award to the Post Master and staff of the Manzanita, OR Post Office, we will be presenting the Elk, CA Post Master and Post Office staff a similar award. Again, on behalf of the families who have a missing child we thank you for your continuing support in helping search for our missing loved ones.
2009 MISSING PERSON BINDER DISTRIBUTION TRIP
BEING PLANNED FOR MID-MAY TO MID-JUNE
The Terry Parks family is again going to donate the needed money to support the mission of the FOCUS/"3-CHILDREN" Organization. The donated funds will be used to conduct a missing person flyer posting and distribution trip between Santa Cruz, Calif. to Seattle, WA. Over 3,000 miles will be driven and over 200 Post Offices will be stopped at and the charities Missing Person Binder will be left for display. This is the 16th year this MAC SHACK PROGRAM (Mobile Awareness Center), will be done by the charity. Stops will also be made at National Park Visitor Centers (Olympic National Park), National Forest Visitor Centers (Leavenworth, WA National Forest Visitor Center receives over 300,000 visitors each year), Federal Fish Hatcheries (Leavenworth, WA Federal Fish Hatchery Visitor Center receives over 250,000 visitors annually), and Federal Custom Houses. We plan on posting and distributing over 30,000 flyers of missing persons on this month long trip, featuring 200 missing children.