An Oldie but Goodie
For a gift of $25, an individual or company can place a missing child’s poster on a truck and get a certificate of appreciation and a tax deduction in return. Because Child Watch of North America is a 501 C (3) charity, all monetary gifts are tax deductible.
Child Watch has also created and produced a free DVD designed to educate families and teachers on child abductions and the best practices for safety. The DVD features a performance by teen singing sensation TGK and was filmed entirely on location in Cocoa Beach and Orlando, Fla.
Child Watch has also endorsed Florida’s Jessica Lunsford Act, which was signed into law by Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida in May of this year. The new law provides a mandatory sentence of no less than 25 years to life for child abductors. It also requires people convicted of certain sex crimes against children to be tracked by a global positioning satellite once they are out of prison. The new requirements only affect people convicted after the law was passed, but it also has a provision that allows for GPS tracking of sex offenders who violate probation.
An Unforgettable Driver
Losing loved ones is never easy, but ensuring that their memories live on can help ease the pain. In an effort to honor their father’s memory, the Davis family created a website dedicated to the life of Gary W. Davis, a truck driver who was killed at the age of 48 in a work-related accident on Feb. 12, 2004.
The website, www.garywdavis.com, tells the life story of Gary Davis, husband to Teresa Davis and father of Britney and Kathryn Davis. Born and raised in Sacramento, Calif., Davis was a driver/leadman at Overnite Transportation for more than 18 years and was known as “Hollywood” on the road. He had an extraordinary safety record and had been awarded a number of safe driver awards throughout his career. Davis’s father had also been a truck driver.
The website, created and designed by Davis’s 16-year-old daughter Britney, has a photo gallery, poetry dedicated to truckers, a comment section, a calendar of events and even a collection of Davis’s favorite recipes. Britney won an Honorary Student Award at her high school for the site.
“It became a labor of love and a form of therapy for her,” Teresa Davis says about Britney’s work on the site.
In August 2004, the family held a barbecue in memory of Davis. About 180 friends, family, drivers and some of Davis’s delivery customers attended the event. Because it was such a success, the family decided to make the barbecue a yearly event.
In addition to honoring Davis, the website hopes to share information that could help prevent work-related deaths or injuries and to discuss safety issues, insurance, worker’s compensation and more.
The Davis site links to another site that was created by Davis’s nephew Scott Hall. The website is designed to allow loved ones of drivers who have passed to share their “truck driver remembered” stories. It also links to support groups for drivers and their families and has trucking industry news, polls and a trucker slang guideline.