29 Dec Local nonprofit uses baseball stadiums to help find missing kids
By Samantha Manning, ActionNewsJax.com
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. —
“We started looking for a little boy or a young boy and now we’re looking for a man,” Briggs said.
The Jacksonville Suns is one of the teams that has partnered with the Bairfind Foundation, and they have a sign for missing kids in the main concourse that includes a profile and picture of Mark.
Since the foundation was created in 2011, Bair said they have featured 278 kids on their signs and 65 of them have been safely brought home.
“I started doing it thinking one day, one of the kids that I feature is going to be found, then all of a sudden the numbers were climbing,” Bair said.
In October, Action News Jax sat down with one of the missing kids on the signs, Gina DeJesus.
DeJesus was one of the three Cleveland kidnapping survivors who endured nearly a decade in captivity before being reunited with her family.
“Every time I’d see my parents on TV, it would give me even more hope to know one day, I was going to come back home to them,” DeJesus said.
Briggs said the Bairfind Foundation’s success stories help keep her hope alive that her grandson will one day be brought home, too.
“We said from the very beginning that we would not stop looking for Mark until he was found, and we won’t,” Briggs said.
The Bairfind Foundation said it is continuing to look for more partnerships with local businesses to continue expanding its efforts.
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