Monday, April 30, 2012

Burlington Thank you...you touched my heart

Unbelievable story with NECN and Jack Thurston and his photographer (so bad on names) More later but the artistry of piece made me cry!! http://www.necn.com/04/30/12/Moms-Caravan-to-Catch-a-Killer-stops-in-/landing_newengland.html?blockID=699904&feedID=4206

Saturday, April 28, 2012

ONLY IN VERMONT

10 miles from Burlington, a couple reconfirmed why I do this mission. Circling down the mountain on I-89, I looked over at a car I was passing and a man was waving something, (like money) in his hand and motioning over to the side of the road. I stopped, a woman jumped out the car, said. "We just looked you up on line. We have 19 yr old son (like Brit) who we are going to pick up in Champlain and it touched our heart, so we want to help",she gave me $20, a hug and they drove off. I started crying the minute they left, once again touched by peoples support. It also reminded me of Burlington/Vermont I knew years ago as I attended Goddard College for a year. Only in Vermont!!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

THANK YOU MANCHESTER

Wow Manchester, you really have a place in my heart. Your waves, honks, some donations within an hour of me driving into town, thumbs up through your sun roofs. This is the response you gave me and yet none of your media has contacted us for a story. Usually the upsurge in contact like the above comes after a story. You as a community really stood out. I wish I could have told our story to more of you through media but I have to head to Burlington early afternoon tomorrow. I will stay if media contacts me early (I have been known to even drive back after I hit another town. BUT YOU ALL TOUCHED MY HEART BY SAYING HI, EVEN WITHOUT A STORY---I HAVE NEVER ENDING GRATITUDE FOR THAT!!!
Manchest

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

PORTLAND MAINE YOU HAVE A PLACE IN MY HEART

Everyone has been so warm and welcoming here, amid the rain showers and the cold wind. Thank you to all those who took time to hear Brittany's story, to give a hug. These are the things that keep me doing this!!!!And to Reporter Caroline Cornish and her photographer(so bad at remembering names). They made me feel comfortable and stood out in the cold wind even longer than I did. I am forever grateful. The gift of a story in each city touches my heart.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

BOSTON YOU ARE GREAT!!!!! THANKS CBS!

Heading into Boston just a bit before noon. Thanks all who have visited our webpage, have honked as we drive around. Thansk to all the individuals who talked to us in front of the camera or who just talked to me as they passed by. Those hugs are what keps me going!!!! We had an absolutely unbelievable story fom CBS Boston. Reporter Beth Germano and her photographer (forgot his name!!) basically waited all day for us to fight traffic jam after traffic jam after traffic jam from NYC to Boston. Then they were working on a very tight deadline for the 11 pm news as we filmed way into the dark. Yet the story looked like it had been worked on for days!!!!

Just looked at stats from just yesterday and today. This morning more than 250 views. Yesterday eve either due to the drive (yeah right) or the 11pm news over 100 views--AT !!#) pm! Days like this warm my heart so. We filmed in HArvard square and all the young people I was able to talk to was so important. Don't know how long I can stay out but days like the last 3-5 make me want to be out for weeks on end Thanks Brittany

Thursday, April 12, 2012

YOUR DONATIONS REALLY TOUCHED MY HEART

Sorry I keep repeating myself, but I go to paypal, see another $1, 5,10,20 that someone slipped in. It really is not about the amount but that someone took the time to do it, like the lady in Missouri who saw my car on a highway as I passed through and took the time to text me. I think I may post my number more often. Sometimes I am not online all day when I am doing CARAVANs--talking to community members, police, etc. This way people in that city could contact me while I am still in that city.

Made it to Washington DC. Will be here until Sat afternoon. Doing some professional training but also seeking media through email queries. Only tried DC once but it is a bit harder nut to crack than some other cities. If anyone knows any media here.... here is my number 9186292317.
Well need to go pour coffee in my veins and brain

Monday, April 9, 2012

‎10TH CARAVAN TO CATCH A KILLER-A GO!!!! WILL LEAVE TOMORROW 4-6AM. Decided to head thru Louisville--10 hrs. Then 9.5 to DC. I really am touched (sure some people think I am lol) by the donations. Please don't apologize for you feeling it is small. No gift is small and it really touched my heart that people took the time to give....as far as I am concerned---A DOLLAR EQUALS DISTANCE EXTENDED! Someone told me about putting little cars on the website that could have initials. I may try to do that!!! You all are in my heart whether it as a donation or well wishes!!!!!!!!
Tomorrow tuesday I may not be online alot. If you need to contact me you can text or call 918 629-2317...Maggie

Sunday, April 8, 2012

10TH CARAVAN GETS A BOOST AND WILL START 4/10/12

Friday I feared last Sept's CARAVAN could have been the last. I hoped a small loan would go thru. It should have but a mistake in the credit file nicked it. The reporting credit agencies will make changes but it will take a month. I feared I couldn't get on the road with funds at the level they are and knew work would not let me off for a long time if I had to wait. 4 yrs I've tried doing this on just my money, not take handouts, not beg. But I knew I had to do something with our our 7.5 year on-the case detetctive retiring, the best suspect after 6 weeks not matching our DNA profile, it felt necessary I get out, help generate tips, get movement on the new detective's first months. (He'll be good I think) .
Well people touched my heart the minute I put the call out. I NOW CAN SAY THE 10TH CARAVAN STARTS TUESDAY. I knew many miss Britty,want to help but I knew money was tight. Even so, I asked people to go to our website to do our paypal. I noted, if 3-4 people donated $1., that would be a tank of gas. SOME PEOPLE WENT THERE BUT DONATED MORE THAN 1$.. I also tried to get creative. I said I'd work for donations. NO TAKERS ON THAT YET. I said I'd come to houses and wash cars for a donation... CARAVAN TO CATCH A KILLER CAR CLEAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would come to houses to get quarters.....hey I got it!!! CARAVAN TO CATCH A KILLER COLLECT THE QUARTERS!!! I will go to OKC, Tulsa, Muskogee. I plan to leave Tuesday. I AM STILL WILLING TO WORK With gratitude Maggie

Saturday, April 7, 2012


Brittany Phillips I find on days I feel the sadness of Brittany's loss, I am reminded of the beauty that has rode beside the loss for almost all of the 7.5 years. The many gifts I've received on this path covered with echoes of loss, the people I am touched by with their kindness and generousity, strangers in parking lots, new friends found on the road and in Tulsa, OKC and other towns in Oklahoma, the generous hug...s, conversation, well wishes, all touch me at my hearts depth. Sitting at Paneras with the H's today, (I would have never met if not for my CARAVAN car) made me realize this as I knew we were creating a lifelong friendship. Then out of the blue I received a notice of a donation which had me in tears. I had received another earlier this week which did the same. JP--yours surprised me. I have such gratitude for your kindness (of course I knew you'd be a "special" person") You struggle as much as I do to make ends meet. But I love ya for it!!! JF and JF, I do not know what to do with you!!!! You all have made these 7.5 years tolerable, liveable----emotional support, patience (!!:) ), the investment of your caring and concern, how you made us (Britty, Josh and I) feel like family......... there was no need to give what you did. But I know you did it with a spiritual caring. I love you all, including the ones who now have better access to the one who never rests! Thank you all. I am on the road beginning Tuesday!!!!!