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New stamp calls attention to missing children

The Missing Children stamp was issued May 18.
The Missing Children stamp was issued May 18.

The Postal Service issued a stamp May 18 to raise awareness of the nation’s missing children.

“We are deeply committed to this noble and urgent cause,” said PMG Megan Brennan, who dedicated the stamp at the National Postal Forum in Anaheim, CA.

Almost half a million children were reported missing last year.

The stamp is the latest example of the Postal Service’s “longstanding commitment” to the cause, the PMG said. Since 1985, at least 158 missing children have been recovered through a program that puts their photographs on “Have You Seen Me?” mailings.

Representatives from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Valassis Communications Inc., the Postal Service’s partners in the mailings, participated in the stamp dedication.

The ceremony also featured a video message from longtime victims’ rights advocate John Walsh, who praised the stamp as “another example of how the United States Postal Service and Valassis bring hope to families that their children will return home.”

The stamp shows a small bunch of purple forget-me-nots and the words “Help Find Missing Children.” The stamp sheet includes information on how to join the search.

The stamp is available online and at Post Offices nationwide.

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