Thanks to a group of motorcycle enthusiasts from Hastings, Minnesota’s AMBER Alert Programs has received a check for $25,000. This group has been raising money to help support Minnesota’s AMBER Alert Program since 2003. They started out with a small donation of $500 but each year since, the amount has increased as donations have grown dramatically. The group established a non-profit organization, Minnesota AMBER Alert Fundraiser, dedicated to raising money to support the program
Did you know that 2,200 children go missing each day and unfortunately, 8% never return home? The AMBER Alert was first implemented in Texas after the abduction of Amber Hagerman. Local authorities, the media and the public came together to create this tool that today is in every state. Statistics show that 70% of children who are abducted by a stranger are murdered within the first few hours of an abduction, which is why time is of the essence in these cases. Minnesota was the 7th state to go statewide with AMBER Alerts.
All donated funds go directly to the operation of the AMBER Alert program. Each AMBER Alert costs approximately $6,000-$12,000, which includes broadcast and cancellation. Donations are also used to help defray the cost of law enforcement training and education about the program for children, businesses and the public.
Since its inception, twenty-two AMBER Alerts have been issued in the state of Minnesota and so far, everyone has ended with the safe recovery of a child. Because time is of the essence in abductions, the goal is to use maximum public participation to locate the child as quickly as possible.