TORONTO, ON: No one expects their child to disappear. But every year, police across Canada receive more than 40,000 reports of missing children.1 Today, the Toronto Police Service (TPS), the Canadian Centre for Child Protection’s MissingKids.ca program and Mac’s Convenience Stores (Mac’s) launched a campaign to promote National Missing Children’s Day, and to help raise funds and awareness in order to help bring Canada’s missing children home.
“Every day MissingKids.ca supports families of missing children, and we know that Canadians want to help, too,” said Christy Dzikowicz, Director of MissingKids.ca. “We’re so grateful that Mac’s has created this opportunity for Canadians to get involved to help ensure more kids are safely located, and that their families have the support they need while living a parent’s worst nightmare.”
From now until the end of August, customers can make a donation at the counter of Mac’s stores in Ontario to support the work of MissingKids.ca, a national program that assists with the location of missing children and provides ongoing support to their families. Mac’s customers are also encouraged to view province-specific ‘MissingKidsALERTS’ that will be displayed on screens in Mac’s stores across Canada.
“Creating awareness and engaging our community plays a key role in public safety,” said Sean Sportun, ICPS Manager, Security & Loss Prevention for Mac’s in Central Canada. “Keeping children safe should be a priority for everyone; we are very excited about teaming up with MissingKids.ca and the Toronto Police Service in helping to achieve this goal.”
The historical case of Nicole Morin, who disappeared in 1985 from the Toronto area when she was eight years old, is an example of the important collaboration between the TPS and MissingKids.ca. While the TPS continues to actively investigate this case, MissingKids.ca staff support the Morin family and raise public awareness that might generate new leads for police.
"The Toronto Police Service is proud to support the Canadian Centre for Child Protection and the work they do to support the families of missing kids," said Chief Blair. "Any public awareness, including that brought about through the efforts of community partners such as Mac's, protects our children and helps to bring home those who are missing."
Whether a child has been missing for one day or for many years, caseworkers at MissingKids.ca are there to provide critical support to families. MissingKids.ca is accessible 24-hours a day, seven-days-a-week by calling toll free at 1-866-KID-TIPS (866-543-8477), and will provide support, receive tips and sightings, and deliver important prevention and education materials to the public.
Canadians are encouraged to visit the missingkids.ca website and learn more about Canada’s missing children. Additionally, individuals can sign up to receive MissingKidsAlerts at http://www.missingkidsalert.ca/en/#signup.
MissingKids.ca is a program of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, a registered charitable organization dedicated to the personal safety of children. The Canadian Centre for Child Protection does not receive any government funding for the operation of MissingKids.ca. 100 per cent of the funds raised during the campaign will be donated to MissingKids.ca.