Today is the 34th National Missing Children’s Day, and WE are doing our part to raise awareness by airing episodes of Criminal Minds surrounding this sensitive topic on Mondays starting at 4pm and Saturdays starting at 10am.
Shortly after the season 13 finale, two of the show’s stars, Kirsten Vangsness (Penelope Garcia) and Joe Mantegna (David Rossi), sat down to talk about the show as well as its real life impact on fans. When it comes to missing children, Mantegna told TV Insider:
“I think there’s an educational aspect to this show that people appreciate. You can watch these terrifying moments and it’s intense but there’s also something to be learned from it, and I think that’s of value. Ironically, WE tv is doing this Criminal Minds marathon around missing children, and when you watch those episodes you learn from it. You see the solutions and you can benefit from that in your real life. This is a real organization, and these are real things that happen.”
He went onto add that he actually received a letter weeks earlier in which a woman thanked him for one of the episodes dealing with child abduction. According to Mantegna, her watching and learning from the show may very well have saved an actual child’s life.
“Rock One Sock” is the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s annual social media campaign to bring awareness to the thousands of children missing in America. WE encourage everyone to join the campaign support this important issue. Rocking One Sock is easy! Just put on one sock, take a picture, post it on social media using #RockOneSock, and make a donation to NCMEC. Visit RockOneSock.org for more information.
Visit the website for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to learn more as well as make a donation to their cause.