WASHINGTON (WNEW) – Manpower DC and Trayon White is rallying residents and several community organizations to join the ongoing efforts to find missing 8-year-old girl Relisha Rudd.

“We are going to walk the community with flyers to raise awareness and show that this is a real concern as citizens,” says Manpower DC’s Trayon White.

The search will begins Saturday, April 19 at 4 p.m., and the group will gather at the R Street entrance of the National Arboretum in northeast.

The event will open with a prayer for Relisha Rudd and other missing people in the metropolitan area.

Volunteers will then disperse into neighboring communities near the Arboretum (New York Avenue and Bladensburg Road NE), DC General Shelter Area (19th and Independence Avenue NE), Kenilworth Area (Anacostia and Quarles Street NE) and River Terrace Area (34th and Blane Street NE).

Three groups will canvass door to door at the Kenilworth, DC General Shelter, and River Terrace areas to disseminate fliers to residents. One group will raise awareness with posters at the intersection of New York Avenue and Bladensburg Road. Volunteers will also receive ribbons to wear in solidarity.

“It is important that we bring light to the 4,000 missing people in Washington DC and that we work together as a community to resolve the many issues that we face collectively,” says Dana Hall of the Eternal Life Project and Ubiquity Incorporated. “A huge part of what we are doing is empowering the people to develop and protect their own communities.”

Other attending organizations are encouraged to bring posters of the missing persons whose families they serve in the hopes that perhaps even one will be found.

For inquiries or volunteer information contact Trayon White at 202-270-7271.


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