11/3/07 22 Missing Persons Featured in Interstate Directory
We are pleased to announce that in conjunction with our trucking industry partner, Target Media Partners, 22 missing persons have been featured in this year's annual Interstate Directory.
Target Media Partner's annual Interstate Directory features state maps detailing useful information for truckers and other travelers along the interstate system including contact numbers and websites for weather and road conditions, state trucking associations, motor carrier offices, speed limits, a listing of all truck stops, and much more. This full size color publication can be found at over 2,500 truck stops nationwide, is free , and has a circulation of 100,000.
Target Media Partners also works with Project Jason and our 18 Wheel Angel poster distribution program to help bring awareness for missing persons.
The 22 featured missing persons listings are in full color and is sized to fit on 1/3 of the 8.5x11 page. It includes 1-2 photos, the physical and other descriptive data, a link to our 18 Wheel Angels webpage to encourage poster placement, and of course , LE contact information. If we paid for this ad space on our own, it would have cost well over $1,000 for each individual ad. The total value of the space donated by Target Media Partners in this year's edition is more than $10,000!
If you would like to pick up copies of the Interstate Directory, check with your local truck stops and inquire if they carry it. The Interstate Directory is available at Flying J, Wilco, AmBest, Pilot Travel Centers, Travel Centers of America and other locations. Remember that this publication will not be found with the for-purchase magazines, but in a special display along with other trucking magazines. At some truck stops, these displays are right outide the main entrance in a protected unit.
This year's featured missing persons include: (the links go to their news and information thread on our new forum)
Sabrina Allen http://www.projectjason.org/forums/index.php?topic=445
Karissah Butler http://www.projectjason.org/forums/index.php?topic=295
Kelli Ann Cox http://www.projectjason.org/forums/index.php?topic=128
Jesse Florez: http://www.projectjason.org/forums/index.php?topic=570
Craig Frear http://www.projectjason.org/forums/index.php?topic=576
Ivory Green http://www.projectjason.org/forums/index.php?topic=800
Justin Harris http://www.projectjason.org/forums/index.php?topic=872
Jason Jolkowski http://www.projectjason.org/forums/index.php?topic=131
Jody Ledkins http://www.projectjason.org/forums/index.php?topic=681
Hope Meek http://www.projectjason.org/forums/index.php?topic=637
Maura Murray http://www.projectjason.org/forums/index.php?topic=568
Brianna Maitland http://www.projectjason.org/forums/index.php?topic=857
Clinton Nelson http://www.projectjason.org/forums/index.php?topic=702
Roxanne Paltauf http://www.projectjason.org/forums/index.php?topic=691
Branson Perry http://www.projectjason.org/forums/index.php?topic=15
LaQuanta Riley http://www.projectjason.org/forums/index.php?topic=450
Jesse Ross http://www.projectjason.org/forums/index.php?topic=729
Vinyette Teague http://www.projectjason.org/forums/index.php?topic=897
Leeanna Warner http://www.projectjason.org/forums/index.php?topic=680
Jennifer Wilkerson http://www.projectjason.org/forums/index.php?topic=333
Adrianna and Jennifer Wix http://www.projectjason.org/forums/index.php?topic=88
The Interstate Directory also included the story of the history of the 18 Wheel Angels program, which you will find below my signature line if you wish to read it.
We're pleased to have played a part in bringing awareness to these missing loved one's cases.
Kelly Jolkowski, Mother of Missing Jason Jolkowski
History of the 18 Wheel Angels
On June 13, 2001, my son Jason disappeared from the driveway of our Omaha, NE home without a trace. At that time, my family and I became painfully aware that there are very few services for the families of missing people, and especially missing adults. We founded Project Jason, a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization, to create and increase public awareness of missing people through a variety of outreach and educational activities.
Almost immediately after Jason’s disappearance, I started to hear from kind people all over the country and despite not knowing us personally; they offered to help by putting up posters of our son. Many of those wonderful people were truck drivers and my husband and I were very moved by their generosity and compassion. Each time we were feeling low because of our circumstances, we would hear from one of these “angels” and it would lift our spirits and keep us going.
With a small organization like ours, we have little money to spend. Therefore, we must be innovative and find ways to make the most impact for the least amount of money. One night, I was driving down the road, trying to think of something we could do for a low cost that could be effective. I remembered the kindness of many truckers in offering to spread the word about missing people. As a result, the 18 Wheel Angels program sprang to life. It was natural that we would use the word “angels” in the name of the program as we considered the source of our blessings, the compassionate 18-Wheelers who came to our aid.
This program is not donation based but “people” based in the sense that we need drivers – the very people that are the “eyes and ears” of the United States – to help.
It is estimated that in the United States alone, an astounding 2,300 Americans are reported missing every day, including both adults and children. You have a unique opportunity as you distribute the campaign posters along your route to help thousands of people everyday as awareness is everything in a missing person’s case!
Every two weeks, the “18 Wheel Angels” program will feature a new missing person – and every two weeks, you have the opportunity to bring good news to families of missing people across the country.
Beginning in November, we’ll feature one new missing person each week, thanks to the generosity of Target Media Partners. Target Media Partners publishes photos and information about two different campaigns/missing persons each in their publications, Through the Gears and Independent Contractor.
For additional information about the program, go to our website at http://www.projectjason.org/ and click on the 18 Wheel Angels link. This webpage contains a FAQ to explain what we ask of participating drivers and also showcases the current campaigns and all of the past ones. If the person is still missing, their special campaign poster will still be available for you to download, print, and distribute.
Also, we may have the opportunity to speak with the local media in your area regarding the “18 Wheel Angels” program. If you are a participating driver and are willing to speak to the media about this program, please let us know. It only takes a few minutes and the media exposure for these families mean everything! As a parent of a missing person myself, I know just how important every possible bit of public exposure is for a case. Awareness of missing persons is a key to resolution. These families need your help. Please try to put yourself in their place for a moment and help us bring home our missing loved ones! Thank you.
President and Founder,