A NEW postcard offers a chance for the family of a missing person to get a priceless gift this Christmas: certainty.
The Australian Federal Police and the Salvation Army are working together to provide non-traceable postage-paid postcards to those who are disconnected from their families.
Salvation Army Captain David Grounds, who is based in the Central West, said it is a good idea for a missing person to let their family know they are all right.
“Things like these have been done in the past,” Captain Grounds said.
“There used to be a system where people could ring their family members without being traced.
“This is the first time I have heard about traceless postcards and it’s a great idea.”
Captain Grounds said there are people who want to get in touch with family members, but can’t do so without risking their lives and welfare.
AFP Assistant Commissioner, Debbie Platz, said people go missing for a variety of reasons and it is not a crime to do so.
“Regardless, the uncertainty is often devastating for family and friends, especially during the Christmas period,” Ms Platz said.
“The initiative aims to reconnect missing persons and the people left behind – those left wondering what happened to their loved one.
“People, whether missing or estranged from their loved ones, can write a message on the postcard – available at Salvation Army centres – which will be delivered via a central Australia Post facility anonymously, with no identifiers of the sender’s location.”
More information is available at www.salvos.org.au.