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Friday, January 30, 2009

Reach Out: NASAR

Jennifer Donnelly was inspired by an actual crime when she wrote A Northern Light. In 1906, a woman went missing and was found murdered in the Catskills Mountains of New York.

When young girls like Grace from A Northern Light go missing, the search isn't all up to the cops. Search parties often include volunteers, too--people like you, with a passion for getting involved, a desire to help others, and endless faith in a happy ending. (Does that describe rgz or what?!)

If pitching in on a search and rescue (SAR) team sounds like something you're suited for, check out the National Association for Search & Rescue website.

They offer loads of classes and conferences throughout the U.S. to train volunteers - usually ages 15 and older. You can also contact your local police department, as many communities have SAR programs and welcome all the help they can get.


Lorie Ann Grover said...

This is such an awesome service found for us by Sara Easterly. Thanks so much, Sara!

Polo.Pony said...

That is so neat! I think that it would make a great community service project for me next year! Thanks for featuring it!