October 30, 2013

Every 40 seconds, a child disappears in the United States. And though the first three hours after an abduction or disappearance hold the most crucial chances for the child's safe return, it often takes two hours or more to gather enough information even to begin a search. Adrian Paul and Ethan Dettenmaier tackle the statistics on today's 47th episode of Peace Fund Radio, giving vital tips every parent needs to hear about how to keep our children safe, sound, and in sight.

Correspondent John Bierly then spins the inspiring yarn of 14-year-old Olivia Wright from Nashville, Tennessee, who began volunteering for the Ronald McDonald House and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society when she was just 7 years old. When she was 9, she founded Tennessee H.U.G.S., which stands for "Help Us Give Shoes." Her efforts have raised over $5,000 for young sufferers of childhood cancers, and she's well on her way to meeting her goal of collecting and delivering 50,000 pairs of shoes by the end of 2013 for victims of natural disasters and poverty from the heartland of the United States to as far away as Liberia, Bulgaria, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Brazil, Honduras, Uganda and Japan. Olivia says, "Some people would like me to believe I am too young to make a difference, but I know that kids my age CAN make a difference. I have also learned that giving is its own reward." All of us at Peace Fund Radio agree, and that's why Olivia is our Hero of the Week.