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2000 event Results - Dec. 1st


Brief Highlights from past years to fight child abuse

1999 History - On December 1, 1999 radio stations all around the U.S. as well as some foreign stations donated air time to run PSAs and tell others about Day of the Child. Thanks to all the supportive people of radio who were there for the hurting children. In addition, for the first time, we had a large group of national ambassadors, spread out across the country, who were busy meeting and speaking with people in their local towns and cities. In some cities our new "Operation Bear-Hug" was initiated sparking the idea for year 2000 national event. Special thanks to each of our ambassadors who have worked so hard to help the children.


'99 event Results - Dec. 1st

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What an INCREDIBLE DAY it was here. You were on my mind all day long as we sang, laughed, danced, cried and listened to the gracefilled hand of God as it gently brushed the earth today in unique new colors. Thank you for everything. The tired and tearful eyes, the extra mile, the extra email you didn't have to send but really wanted to; to do everything possible. For toting teddy bears across your town to little awaiting hands; for that radio or news interview that made your hands sweat and breath shake; for the soft touch or word you shared with someone along the way; for the prayers which were called out from your pillow; for begging DJs to play the song; to handle the rejection when some did not see our vision in the same way; for bearing ignored requests; for focusing on "Yes" instead of "No"; for celebrating and sharing the joy of the exciting moments; for crying together and lifting up each other when those disappointments came; for uniting as an awesome Team despite the odds; for loving these little hurting children like no one else on earth; selflessly. For to serve and sacrifice for others becomes the ultimate reward...

On December 1st HISTORY was made for hurting hearts across our nation. A loving Day of the Child happened because of you (see below). While angels flew to the side of victims by the thousands, causing needed freedom, happy laughter and giggles... abusers came down with inexplainable backaches, bunions, flat tires, colds and shame. While survivors found new strength and healing in solidarity as we united together in love for one another... if only for a moment... or for a new beginning.

Richard Klender, founder, Day of the Child national office

 Scroll down for various State results

Here are a few of the many stations which are participating/reporting in with us:

Our heartfelt thanks go out to you for supporting the hurting children:


KMIX (KGMX) 106.3, High Desert Broadcasting etc. So. CA, David Grant

WNJL Smooth Jazz 99.7 NJ







KB-101 Radio MN



KWWX (Spanish)

Good News Radio, KSGN 89.7 FM


KPSM (K-99.3 FM) Christian Radio




KUKU Oldies 100 Radio










Y93 FM








WKLU Kool Radio 101



WWLL 105.7

















WFGZ Froggy 94 TN







WPOC Baltimore



THE WALL - Hundreds of new names were added to The Wall on

December 1st alone. We now have over 5000 names and stories to share with

the World.


States Reporting In D/C

still coming in


IDAHO - Boise

On Wednesday I had an interview on the local NBC morning news show to let

the community know what the vigil is about. The radio

stations in our area participated by helping us promote the Vigil that would be

taking place that night (Dec 1st). At Boise State University

I passed out folders with information about local non-profit orgs that deal

with child abuse and information about the Health and Welfare for our state,

sold the Day of the Child T-shirts that were sponsored by local businesses,

and disbursed mint green ribbons. The vigil was Amazing! Local high school

students set up cardboard cut outs of children from local day cares on the

Capitol steps. Great Visual effect! The 1st Lady of Idaho spoke at the

Vigil as well as two experts in the field of Child Abuse; David Ernat-

director of Lutheran Social Services & Kim Batt-Lincoln- director of SANE

Solutions to Physical and Sexual Abuse. Jim Everett the CEO of the YMCA

spoke about the community aspect of this crime. I read the Teddy Bear poem

by Cindy Pike Dunning and then asked everyone to "raise their lights and

take a moment of silence for all victims and survivors as well as to the


STOPPED!" Then challenged everyone to bring 2 people with them next year.

This is the first of a multi year campaign, and it is going to get bigger and

bigger.At the Vigil we had a really good turn out for our area, for the 1st year.

We were on the news and a photographer from the Idaho Statesman was there

too. We sold more shirts and glowsticks, there were no candles allowed on

the Capitol grounds so we used this as an alternative.


I am so thrilled to be a part of this team. I know you all saw it too, it

was a lot of hard work, sleepless nights, tears, and tons of prayers! When

people were giving me their #s to get involved for next year and asking for

the poem and then the wonderful words from a Survivor thanking me this

morning, I would do it all over in a heartbeat! It was so fun and

challenging at the same time & the fulfillment in my heart is incredible.

How can you describe this feeling to anyone other than Absolutely Awesome!

Just knowing that you can help, educate, raise awareness and yet you don't

have to be an expert. Just have the passion and desire to help and make a

difference for our children. Also to show those higher, the law makers &

court system will see that we stand united and the laws have got to change

towards perpetrators. WE need to enforce stiffer penalties!

God Bless All Children!

Semone Schultz, Boise Idaho


IDAHO - Coeur d'Alene

Day of the Child went well here in Coeur d'Alene. I passed out information and

ribbons to students on the North Idaho College Campus while in the Student

Union for an hour today and wore my T-shirt with pride! The response with the

students was wonderful. I referred many people to Children's Village for further

information. I feel that it can be an even bigger event next year! Thank you so

much for all your support and I wish I would have had time to do more.


Jamie Morgan, Ambassador, Coeur d'Alene ID



I was able to get the simulcast done on three stations here in Abilene,

Texas along with a live interview on each station this morning. I will be

directing the Boys and Girls Club choir at 4:30 this afternoon (Dec 1st) in their

first Christmas performance in honor of Day of the Child.

The stations that I am aware of that did the simulcast are: 98.1, 103.7,

and 99.7.

Thanks for letting me be a part of this.

LATER in day...

We just finished the Choir performance at First National Bank with about 50

kids. NBC News was there and videoed the kids singing. Afterward we did an

interview about Day of the Child. This will air tonight at 6 and 10 p.m.

central standard time.

What a great day!!!

Melanie Copeland, Ambassador - ABILENE TX





Good Morning from a very chilly Nebraska


The Proclamation was signed for the state of Nebraska on November 3, 1999.

Hartley Chorus sang a song for the governor, first time any school chorus has

sang personally for the Governor. (And the kids, were great, they never

sounded better, not bad for 4th and 5th graders), they are still talking

about how they got to shake hands with the Governor.



Local Drs. donated 25 bears

Southeast High School Choir, are up to 85 total bears to date.

Willard Soriority of Wesleyan College has donated 80 bears

friends and family 50 bears

November 11th Skating party, 42 bears

November 17th, Fun night at Hartley school, bring a bear and receive a

spaghetti dinner, or hot dog and chips

Doane College in Crete (Evamarie's College) will be sitting up

barrals, for donations of "Huggies" (estimates of around 80 bears)

Famous Amos Andy Cookie, man stopped in Lincoln and visited the

elementary schools on Friday, and donated 100.00 for the cause(plus a case

of cookies)(Hey we have to have something to keep our energy level up


>From the Hugs and Kisses organization, we have a commitment of 100 bears(this morning she called back and asked if we could use 150 instead) Of course I Said YES

At the Nebraska Kansas Football Game on Saturday the Marines were taking

donations - could give us somewhere between 50-75 bears.

so for the grand total so far we have 587 bears (with 15 days to go), plus money donations to buy more bears with. not bad, considering my original goal was 250 bears.

Teena, Ambassador Nebraska



Candlelight vigils will be held this evening in Ocean County (on December 1st) at the following locations:


*Brick Town - 7:30

Brick High School Auditorium

Chambers Bridge Road

Brick, NJ 08723

Guest Speaker - Mayor J. Scarpelli

Guest Speaker - Counselor from Providence House

Guest Speaker - Harbor House


Call Venus Hunter (732) 942-4222 or Dina Mulleano (732) 942-4320 for

further details


Teddy bears are being collected for hurting children and can be brought to

the vigil for drop off that night

*St. Francis Church

Long Beach Island, NJ


Call St. Francis Center (609) 494-1554 for further details


See a PHOTO of some of the bears and cuddlies we collected for the kids


Toms River - 7:30

location TBA

Guest Speaker - Mayor Fox

St. Joseph's Grade & High School Choirs

Guest Speaker - St. Francis Center

Guest Speaker - Empathy Foundation



Teddy bears are being collected for hurting children and can be brought to

the vigil for drop off that night

I can't believe this!!!! On Sunday my co-worker was here and we sorted 300

bears and that didn't include tiny bears because they are really small and

we don't know what the agencies are going to do with them. This morning

she called me up to tell me that she got a message on her voice mail that

one of the high school key clubs had collected 600 teddy bears. I called

this woman to thank her tonight and she told me the total is now up to

700!!!!! I thanked her so much and asked her where they came from and she

said that they collected almost 500 from the beginning and they came from

the teachers and the high school students collecting them. I told her that

the drive would be on until the end of December and she said that she'll

keep going. This is one high school and the other high school is

decorating the town hall building.

 LATEST NJ UPDATE: 1800+ bears donated. WOW.

Elsa, Ambassador NJ




OK now for update here. Heileg Meyers in Pearl, MS, and Gray Daniels Ford in

Brandon, MS, allowed me to set up a box and table with information in their

offices!!! I am looking for two other locations.

WE are hiring a clown and set up something in front of the Target store with their permission and we will be having free face painting for the kids. At

this little event we will be collecting teddy bears. And to get the public to

be more aware of this and to push the issue of donating a TEDDY we are going

to hold a drawing for a Ty Beanie. Anyone who gives a bear can put their name

into the drawing. The beanie will be in it's own case with a tag protector.


I faxed all the radio stations in the Jackson area. Begged them to announce

Operation BearHug and what it means, telling them where people can drop off

the bears (a great way to get the word out to local citizens). I called

the locations and they are all for helping me get the radio stations to

publicly announce this!!!!!!! So, now fingers crossed again and more praying

that the DJs are announcing and bears will start pouring in. I will continue my

efforts through December to get those bears. And pray I will

have them to deliver to the children by Christmas.


To all the ambassadors.....GREAT JOB!!!!


In my heart of hearts, my prayers went out to all the children and I made an

effort to make sure people knew about Operation BearHug. This evening I was in

a wonderful mood. I guess I would have to say that Angels were with me and

brought a message that I did my best and I too could celebrate with all of

you. So I danced in celebration with Shania Twains song ("Come on Over") :-) .


I also still have planned my Teddy Bear collection and the Ty Beanie Baby

drawing. So am hoping that too will bring in even more bears.


Elsa, I would be happy to stay on the list and get a good head start on DOTC

2000. I know I got a late start this go around, but I now that I know more about

DOTC we can make even better plans for next yea. My accomplishments for '99

have given me better hope for next year. And the children can definitely

count on me. God Bless each of you


Kristie Cabunac, Ambassador, BRAXTON MS





An Evening of Giving was a success!!!!!!!!!!!! Ticket sales were good. Many people came over and asked questions or took what P.A.R.E.N.T was creating more awareness. People liked the pens, and most took ribbins, even children asked what they were about and if they could have one. Pictures of the missing child were picked up in support. their children back, because of Parent.


I am already planning for next year. When u are there, u see how other

people did things. So I am starting to put them altogether so next year will

be even better. Picked upquite a few ideas that we can use next year.


Here's is something u may get a kick out of. I had my picture taken

with Santa and I told him all I wanted for Christmas was for my kids to come

home. When Santa was on is walk around breaks, he came over and asked me

quite a lot of questions about abuse and what our organization did. Maybe we

should all start believing in Santa or St. Nick, whatever u want to call him.

I have a feeling that he may work hand in hand with God. I know I said it,

but I can't wait for next year.


While I was there, I stopped in Sam Goody record store. I told the

manager(when I finally got him) about Dear Mr.Jesus.

He is going to get the CD and play Dear Mr. Jesus all throughout Christmas.

He said to me when u are in the mall, and u hear the song, it would be him

playing. I asked if he could play it once an hour.!!!!!!!!!!


If I think of anything else that I forgot, it will be on its way to u



Eileen, Ambassador, P.A.R.E.N.T. organization - New York




We're having a vigil on Wednesday evening, Karrie has been kind enough to volunteer to come and speak...thank you Karrie.

I've already spoken to the principal at my daughters school about another

Bear Hug around Valentines Day, so we'll see how that goes. The PSA's for

OBH have brought in a ton of bears and the article in our local paper has

too. I've handed out 1000 flyers for the

vigil and have gotten full support from the Rotary Club, the sheriffs dept,

the mayors office and Family and Children we'll have a

good turn out. Oh, another Bear

project, the mall in town has a program,

$175 worth of merchandise in the mall and get a free bear. They

are asking customers to donate those bears to OBH...keeping my fingers

crossed BUT the kicker is that the mall is also a client of the radio

stations that have been doing the PSA's, so we're getting twice the Anyhow, I've attached my CLV flyer and a letter that I

wrote to go along with the bears on their journey to the children. Also, I

made some mint green ribbons for the vigil and attached them to strips of

paper with 'Children Live by What They Learn' and I've attached that as

well. Still more happening as the day progresses.


Lily, NORTH CAROLINA Ambassador





Here at the Family Support Council in Dalton, GA, we have done several things to prepare for "Day of the Child." We have been on both local cable TV stations talking about the event. We have gotten our local radio stations to participate in the playing of "Dear Mr. Jesus," on Dec. 1st and we have been on the radio talking about the event. We have gotten the mayor to issue a proclamation designating Dec.1st as "Day of the Child" in Dalton. We have written a letter to the editor of our local newspaper explaining to the community what "Day of the Child" is. And we have been collecting teddy bears for abused and neglected children. We believe our efforts have raised awareness of this problem, and people have been made more aware of how to report abuse, how to get help, and that the victims are not to blame.

Thomas Bartley, GEORGIA ambassador



First, know that prayers are going up for you and Day of the Child. Definitely see HIS hand on you & working thru you. MANY blessings.

Secondly, know that the Ventura County Board of Supervisors HAVE officially declared Dec 1, 1999 as "Day of the Child" -- I've requested a copy of the documentation. Once received I will be sure and share with Family Violence Prevention Coalition, as well as you.

Pamela Spencer, Ventura County, CA



REPORT from P.A.R.E.N.T. organization FROM FLORIDA:


Today, several people will be talking with a campaign representive of Jeb and

George Bush jr. regarding new legislation that will help the kids. We are

trying to pass VIVIANS LAW in FLORIDA. The FLorida team is working on this

today in rememberence of DAY OF THE CHILD.



Roosevelt Field shopping Mall. A music store has stocked "Please Mr. Jesus"

and will be plaing it throughout the Day.


National News:

P.A.R.E.N.T. is supporting Senator Charles Robb (VA) efforts to pass Nadia's

Resoltuion. Nadia was kidnapped to the middle east. WE just recieved the

wording of the resoltuion.





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