An idea I had

I went to the county fair today. I hadn’t been in like ten years. I didn’t go on any rides, just walked around looking at the animals and stuff. The bunnies were so adorable it was hard to resist hiding one under my shirt and sprinting off. Anyway, I was in the Commercial Building, where people have booths where they either sell stuff or dispense information or both. (I don’t know if they were there this year, but in previous years the right to life people had a booth and gave out free little plastic fetuses.) And as I was buying a t-shirt for Michael, I got an idea.

My idea was this: how about maybe next year I could rent a booth for myself, and turn it into a missing persons awareness booth? I could distribute fliers and information about MPs — probably those from the tri-state area would be best — and information about the NCMEC and NamUs and such. And of course about the Charley Project itself.

I don’t know whether this idea is a good one or not. My friend Wendy the Minister poured cold water on it, citing the cost and the fact that I have a hard time with crowds and noise and the Commercial Building has plenty of both. This would definitely be a big project, and it would be expensive. I’d have to have a fundraiser of some kind to pull it off. But I’m sure it’s doable, if it’s worth doing.

The question…is it worth doing?

14 thoughts on “An idea I had

  1. HennyLee August 28, 2014 / 9:49 pm

    I say that if you are willing to do it (deal with he things you dislike – crowds etc… ) then I say go for it!! The more people that learn about sites like Charley and Namus etc… the more likely a chance that a cold case gets resolved or new clues become available. I think its a great idea! And I am sure many people like myself would be willing to make a donation towards the fundraising! Keep us posted on your decision. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Lauren August 29, 2014 / 1:40 am

    That would be awesome! You would be providing a great service getting the word out about Charley and missing persons cases. For these reasons, I wonder if they would consider waiving the fee?

  3. M86 August 29, 2014 / 4:06 am

    I think it’s a neat idea. It couldn’t hurt to see what the cost would be.

    Who knows, maybe the person in charge with the booths and stuff would realize how important a missing persons booth could/would be and give you a discount. It’s not like you’re a business wanting to make money, like many of the other booths. You would only be getting donations.

    Or, I bet there is some corner/area of the fairgrounds where you could just post some missing persons fliers. It wouldn’t even have to be a booth or have someone always by it… Maybe like a bulletin board?

    Just some thoughts. Best of luck!

  4. Kat August 29, 2014 / 8:10 am

    Of course it is worth doing, but if you think you would have issues with the crowd/noise thing, maybe you could find someone to staff it for you, unless you did “Meet Meaghan” day. I know I’d go for an autograph! Someone mentioned the “Runaway Train” video by Soul Asylum from the 90s the other day and it was, if I recall right, a very effective tool. I think one kid went home, actually. If you can think of something for this day and age, tailored for you, like the booth, I think it would be great.

  5. marycarney August 29, 2014 / 9:14 am

    Not only do I think it’s a terrific idea- I’d contribute to it AND I’d drive over and help out! I bet you have lots of Charley-people who would do likewise!

  6. Angie August 29, 2014 / 10:38 am

    That would be a great idea!! Plus you could probably get friends to help you out with manning the booth and the unpleasant aspects of noise and such. And we could definitely help you raise the money.

  7. mb August 29, 2014 / 11:42 am

    I think it’d be a great initiative- imagine if county fairs around the country started to have a booth for missing people. And I understand your sister’s concern–that is what sisters are for, to present to us the dangers of certain things, which is their way of watching over us ๐Ÿ™‚ I have a big sister who has tried to talk me out of all sorts of things. It’s not to put you down, but because they worry. If they didn’t love us, they wouldn’t worry!
    I’d like to suggest however that while you may have had problems in the past with crowds and noise, that doesn’t mean that there’s not a way for you to overcome that. The power of the mind and will is quite strong. I’m just saying that while you may have had problems in the past, it never means that you always will.

  8. Miranda August 29, 2014 / 12:18 pm

    I think it’s a great idea!

  9. whereaboutsstillunknown August 29, 2014 / 4:46 pm

    I think it’s a great idea as well. I think a good fundraising strategy would be to offer ‘sponsorships’ of missing persons – where the donor makes a certain level donation in exchange for the MP of their choice being featured on your fliers. This is very popular with pet rescues, where you can sponsor a specific pet with a donation.

  10. Melissa August 31, 2014 / 9:51 pm

    I think that if you can deal with the noise and crowds without detriment to your health, it’s a great idea. I also like the idea of sponsorship-you could spread information and awareness about the plight of the missing AND get a little extra cash to keep Charley up and running. Win-win.

  11. William Baraby September 2, 2014 / 9:26 am

    Great Idea. It might be therapeutic for you to. I’d definitely donate. Are there any missing persons in your area? Maybe you could emphasize those cases.


  12. Jeannee Waseck September 7, 2014 / 12:23 pm

    Definitely worth doing!!! or some similar crowd-funding … and – depending on where exactly this would be, of course! – asking if any faithful readers and/or family members of the missing might be of assistance to you ….Joyce Meyer is a good person to listen to – when she had a great idea, alot of people poured cold water on it, too, but she perservered – and has been greatly blessed!!!

  13. Zoe September 8, 2014 / 2:20 am

    You should do it and just have your boyfriend or another friend you trust with you for moral support so you don’t get overwhelmed by the crowds or noise. I also am very sensitive to those things as well but if I have someone I trust with me I can handle it most often. I do think it’s a good idea. You might feel a sense of accomplishment getting awareness out to the community.

  14. Eric September 13, 2014 / 9:43 am

    I think it’s a great idea, provided that you don’t take too much on yourself in terms of time, money, etc. You deserve help. Your site is a noble one, and you are noble for maintaining it.

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