Posted: Jul 9, 2012 6:36 PM by Jenise Fernandez
Updated: Jul 9, 2012 6:39 PM
The volunteers here work nonstop, and they say they won't stop until Mickey is home. Now, they want to give back to the community with an idea that comes from Elizabeth Smart's family.
Margaret Bearb is hoping to turn this negative into a positive. She wants to make sure what happened to Mickey doesn't happen to anyone else.
"At the beginning we all said the same thing, that couldn't happen here in Lafayette that happens in other towns and other cities, but that did happen here," said Bearb.
Bearb is hoping to give people information on how to protect themselves right here at the mickey Shunick headquarters. The plan is, as people come in to pick up flyers, she wants to give people information on how to protect themselves, through self-defense and being aware of their surroundings.
"Especially with younger kids, we really don't take the time to really go through the A-B-C's and teach them," said Bearb.
It's an idea Bearb got from Ed Smart, whose daughter Elizabeth Smart made national headlines when she was abducted from her Utah home in the middle of the night. Nine months later she was found alive.
"Ed is just the nicest man. They said they did that and it worked well so we want to initiate that here," added Bearb.
"We've been in contact with lots of people who can provide some insight on what to do in this situation, probably no one knows better than Ed Smart," said volunteer Jay Steiner.
The headquarters have been a"home away from home" for these volunteers, doing whatever they can to keep hope alive.
"We might lock these doors at the end of the day, but we're here every day and we won't stop until we get her back," said Bearb.