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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Milk Cartons For The Missing Are Back!

August 29th, 2008
MISSING: Jessica Edith Louise Foster
Written by: glendenePublished on August 29th, 2008 @ 02:41:59 pm , using 113 words, 155 views
Posted in Milk Cartons
Link: http://www.jessiefoster.ca/index.htm

After seeing this Milk Carton on a Myspace bulletin, I just had to know more! I proceeded to My Milk Carton to scope out the site. My first observation is that this site is quite new, so I did what any nosey blogger would do... I dropped admin an email. With Milkman's permission, here is a bit of our conversation.

[Mammabear]:I've been following/posting the story of Jessie Foster for quite sometime now.
Now this Milk Carton??? What a FANTASTIC idea!
Could you explain more of yourself and this project, please? I'd love to post info for this, and think I know of many who would be interested. (but no offense, since this appears to be new, I'd like some reassurance that this isn't somehow a scam.

[Milkman]:I don't have any missing persons in my life exactly, however, I have used the Internet to search for someone and know how difficult it can be. This site was actually started as part of a class I was taking, and then the idea bloomed.
At first I wanted to make a site where people could re-connect with someone from their past. But the more I looked around on the Internet, I realized that I could do something much more worthwhile and help people find their missing loved ones. Reading the stories of other people searches has driven me to create this milk carton site.

I like the idea that this milk carton would pop up randomly. Is that really an option? Would certian areas be targeted? Like a tri-state area of where the person went missing, or something like that? Or is it pop up by the sites who host Milk Carton? If so, do you have any particular sites in mind?

I assure you this is not a scam in any way. Basically the idea is that the site is supposed to be a free place where anyone can post a milk carton for their missing person.
As far as the milk carton ads, my current plan is to simply run them as Google ads.
Just have a picture on a milk carton and have it show up on pages that contain advertisements. This is what I meant by 'pop-up' on various pages all over the Internet. Maybe one day I can make them be actual "pop-ups" but I'm not there yet. They would simply be regular internet ads.
I wasn't planning on targeting specific demographics or sites, because I think it would be better to show them to the 'general public'. It may be possible to target specific states near the disappearance, I'm not sure yet.

My Milk Carton

Posting a milk carton is FREE and it is an easy way to help you find someone.

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If you want to take your search to the next level, you can upgrade your milk carton. This will put your milk carton on advertisements all over the Internet. TO CELEBRATE THE OPENING OF THIS SITE, THE FIRST 5 MILK CARTONS WILL BE UPGRADED FOR FREE!


Delilah said...

What a fantastic service for the missing. You are hot on it, Mammabear!

Thanks for bringing this to our atttention.

mammabear said...

Thanks, Delilah...I really think Milkman is onto something here.
From the fridge to the Net...Go figure!

Maggie's Rose said...

I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!

MilkMan.Org is an added link on my own blog and I'm also re-posting your blog here on Milkman...so incredibly brilliant!

Jessie'sMomGlendene said...

I agree that the milk carton is a excellent idea. We have always know of missing kids on actual milk cartons, this is the next best thing.
Maggie's Rose: it is mymilkcarton.org, not milkman.org - I tried the other and it is not a real site. Thanks for sharing.
Jessie's mom, Glendene.

mammabear said...

LOL...yeah, I liked the SN Milkman...it kind of fits, no?
I visit My Milk Carton every now and again to show support for families of the missing, and I think activity on a new site helps.
Thanks for stopping by, Glendene. I hope things are going well for you.


Milkman said...

Thanks for spreading the word, and all the support!

Please do stop by now and again and checkout the forums for announcements on what is to come on the site.

All the best.


Sandra said...

I know a person that was taken from his mother when he was a baby and taken to Mexico. He is now 29 years old and I want to know if he was ever been reported missing. Where do I start to look in the milk cartons...where. I want to help him find his mother

mammabear said...


If your friend remembers such things as how old he was or where he lived when he was taken, a place to start would be NCMEC.

NCMEC allows a person to enter different criteria, to help narrow the search.
(if the below link does not work, just Google NCMEC...you'll find it, I'm sure.)

Knowing more about the circumstances of how your friend was taken would be helpful.
If he were abducted I would send you entirely different information than if a state agency was involved or if he were involved with an adoption.
But either way, there are a lot of different resources.

please feel free to email me if you like.


opiesdad said...

Is this service still actived.

mammabear said...

If you are referring to the milk carton service, I'm not sure what's going on, to be honest.
I noticed the other day that the site is down for maintenance.
I am sifting through my different email folders, to see if I still have an active addy for Milkman.
I'll drop a line here when I know something.


Efforts have apparently paid off, as Illinois now has an official Missing Persons Day on June 18th.
We are excited about this opportunity for the missing and unidentified of IL. We realize that we are not alone as a family of a missing, so we take great pleasure in being part of this event. But it belongs to all families of IL missing...

AMAZING! Thank you!