October 2010

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This month we bring you:

  • Halloween Safety & Fun.
  • Please Distribute Missing Child Posters.
  • Federal Employees, Please Mark Your Payroll Donations with #41681.
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We want everyone to have a lot of fun this Halloween. We’re sending you these safety ideas a few days early so you can start figuring out the best ways for everyone in your family to have fun and keep safe at the same time.

Plan your Halloween weekend ahead of time.

  • Find out which day in your community is the official trick or treat day/evening. Some communities will declare either Saturday Oct. 30 or Sunday Oct. 31 (or both nights) as trick or treating nights.
  • You have a number of choices for both weekend days and evenings.
    • You can take your children to a sponsored event, or more than one event. Churches, shopping centers and malls, city parks and recreation departments, public libraries and schools can all be sponsors of trick or treat events this weekend.
    • You can do traditional house to house trick or treating.
    • You can host a Halloween party so the kids have a safe place to be. A video, apple cider, hot chocolate and pumpkins can go a long way in keeping kids safe.

 Plan your trick or treating route.

  • If you live in an established child-oriented neighborhood, then you probably already have your route planned.
  • If you’re not certain what trick or treating route might be best, ask your neighbors. People who walk their dogs or jog can often tell you exactly where the safe, child-oriented neighborhoods are.

Make sure your children are costumed for safety.

  • Here’s a great CBS News video with safe costuming information: click here.
  • It’s really important for each child to have glow bands or sticks, or reflective tape and flashlights so they can be seen in the dark.
    • We suggest you design their "lighting" so you can easily identify them, since we know kids tend to race around in the dark on this festive night. You may want to create a special pattern with reflective tape for the back of their costumes, or have a certain combination of glow band colors for children under your care.

Be visible and present for the children throughout the Halloween experience. 

  • Follow your children around, whether they like it or not.
  • When the children knock on the door to get a treat, stand behind them on the porch. That way the kids are free to enjoy themselves, and the person opening the door can clearly see an adult is caring for these children.
  • We recommend you remain just as present and just as vigilant at sponsored events. All sorts of people attend these events, and occasionally someone who is up-to-no-good will attend as well.

Prepare your children for Halloween safety.

  • Provide each child with a wristband with your name and cell phone number. Or, write this information on a piece of paper and place it in each child’s pocket.
  • Remind them to not get near cars or into cars without your express permission.
  • Remind them of who they can ask for help if they get lost.
  • Remind them of the 4 adult behaviors to be alarmed about, and how to respond. For a reminder, check here.

We wish you all a happy and safe Halloween!

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We invite you to help us find missing children by distributing missing child posters.

Each member of the Rapid Response Team eVolunteers receives about 10 emails per month with a link to a missing child poster. Our eVolunteers then print out the number of posters they decide to distribute, go to the local community bulletin boards and post each flyer.

We have heard of a number of ways that people help us distribute posters.

  • Some people distribute the missing child posters on their way to work.
  • Others have children who are interested in participating, so they make it a family volunteer project.
  • Others take their posters to church and distribute to friends who then pass them on. Church groups are also known to have prayer vigils for each child.

Our Rapid Response Team eVolunteers live in all 50 states. The RRT is currently limited to volunteers located in the US. 

Please click here to help us distribute missing child posters.

You are joining thousands of people who are actively searching for missing children.

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We are very pleased that the Polly Klaas® Foundation continues to be a proud participant in the 2010 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC).  Numerous Federal employees have donated to the Polly Klaas® Foundation through this program. We are very grateful for your contributions.

As you may know, the CFC promotes philanthropy by providing military personnel and federal employees with the opportunity to support non-profit organizations like the Polly Klaas® Foundation.

If you are a federal civilian employee, in the military or with the postal service you can designate the Polly Klaas® Foundation as your charity of choice anytime during the campaign season (September 1st to December 15th).  And, if friends or members of your family are also eligible donors, we ask that you forward this email to them.

We thank all Federal employees who support us with contributions through the CFC program.

Our CFC charity code is: #41681.

We are counting on you to support our work. Thousands of parents rely on us to help them find their missing children. 

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