Help David Bird's Family

$28,873raised of $50,000 goal
57%

Organizer: Friends of the Bird Family Beneficiary: The Bird Family Trust

On January 11th, 2014, David Bird went out for a quick walk to get some fresh air. He has not returned. A reward is now offered for information leading to his whereabouts. His family needs your help.

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David Bird is a devoted family man, husband to Nancy, and father to teens Alex and Natasha. He is a beloved community member who is a Boy Scout Leader in the Patriots' Path Council. Since David's liver transplant in 2004, he has been a tireless fundraiser for The New Jersey Sharing Network, and the New York Organ Donor Network. David is a senior energy journalist who has worked for Dow Jones for 20+ years. He is also a great outdoorsman who shares his passion for the natural world with friends, Scouts, and family. David is a compassionate and gentle soul whose disappearance has rocked the very heart of his small community. His adoring family is utterly distraught, and without any insight into the cause of his disappearance. While David's family and friends still hold out great hope for his safe return, we recognize that the road ahead will be challenging for the Bird Family. Friends of the Bird family have decided to set up this website to raise money to support the Bird family's needs - present and future.

Any contribution that you can make at this time is greatly appreciated. If you prefer to send a check, please make it out to "The Bird Family Trust," and add "online donation" in the memo portion of the check. The check can be sent to: The Bird Family Trust, P.O. Box 234, Millington, NJ, 07946. We will add these contributions to the website. This donation is not tax-deductable. However, it is an instrumental gesture of support for the Bird Family, during this unimaginable ordeal.

On behalf of the many friends of the Bird Family, please accept my deepest gratitude for your generosity of resources and spirit. 

Jennie DeMizio

P.S. Information about the reward can be found under "Updates."


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10/04/2014
by Friends of the Bird Family
Fundraiser for the Birds Tomorrow!

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09/11/2014
by Friends of the Bird Family
Dear Bird Family Supporters,
     
Nancy's post about David's 56th birthday passing by without him home was a sad reality check. Maybe like you, I have been deep into fall distractions with back-to-school schedules and details, reactivated volunteer commitments, and the array of activities that shape our lives, mostly in good and meaningful ways. So, it was sobering to stop for a moment, and to reflect on what Nancy, Alex, and Natasha continue to endure. Each yearly ritual - birthdays, back-to-school, holidays - is so painful without David. And each one is a woeful milestone for how long they have waited for any sort of lead to where he might be.

I don't think that any of us ever imagined that the mystery of David's disappearance would still be unsolved after 8 months. The end date for this fundraiser has already been pushed out two times times. But given the sitution, I think it makes sense to just keep it going until David is found. The goal is now raised to $50,000, to continue to support the upcoming needs of David's family.

Thanks for reading the update, and best wishes,

Jennie DeMizio
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09/06/2014
by Friends of the Bird Family
Happy Birthday David

Today, September 6, 2014 is David's 56th Birthday.  Although, he will always remain 55 to me.  I miss him so much and wish I could celebrate this special day with him.  Instead, the kids and I will take a walk in the woods to connect with him.   We all feel lost without him and I don't know how we have made it through the past 34 weeks (239 days) since he went missing.  We don't laugh as much.  I miss David coming to the dinner table every night with an interesting story to share, whether is was something ridiculously funny, something amazing or even reading us a fascinating obituary of someone we never knew about.  David always brought good conversation to the table and made us ponder.  He opened our minds to the world.  I miss that so much.

I wish this update was good news but instead it is a reminder of the good man he is and that he is still missing on his birthday.
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07/11/2014
by Friends of the Bird Family
Dear Friends,
Today marks 6 months since David has been missing.  Sadly, we don't know anything more today about what happened to David then we did on January 11.  Words can't describe the anguish that Alex, Natasha and I feel.  I can only say "Thank You" for your continued love, friendship and support.  Without it, we would not be getting through this.  Your warmth, kindness and generosity mean so much and we are forever grateful.   Please keep us in your prayers. 

Sending much love and appreciation to each and everyone,
Nancy, Alex and Natasha Bird
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07/09/2014
by Friends of the Bird Family
Dear Friends of the Bird Family,
     
     I received the following email from Joan Dunn, an old friend of David's. If any of you have ideas or even sentiments that you would like me to post on the Update, I am happy to send out a periodic Update with thoughts from the community. 

 "I went to college with David, and his disappearance and what it must be doing to his family just breaks my heart. I was wondering if you might consider suggesting to people that they pledge to donate every month until David returns? Even if it was a small amount - say, $10 - if all 209 supporters did that, it would be a couple of thousand dollars a month. Now, hopefully, it won't be even one more month till David returns, but if it does take longer, this might help the Birds with the more practical needs they have. Just a suggestion - I know that it might not work, since it does mean people are saying, "we know this is going to take months...", but I thought I'd suggest it. Please tell the Birds that the first thing I do every morning when I log onto my laptop is to check for updates about David. They are in my thoughts and prayers every day."

Thanks, Joan. : )

And also thanks to some recent donors who just joined our fund drive. Haven't got the "thank you's" out yet. Here's a nice note from the most recent donor, Mark Neumann:

"Dave taught me alot as a fellow journalist working at our college newspaper, the Rider News. Those were great days with him. I hope this helps."

Thank you as always for your resources and prayers,

Jennie



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07/03/2014
by Friends of the Bird Family
Happy summer to all of you! I hope that this update finds you with gently sunkissed noses, a bit more exercise and fresh air than in the spring, and maybe even on vacation somewhere with friends or family, hopefully beside a body of cool water.  : ) 

A few weeks ago, I heard a minister speak about the challenge of keeping people in our hearts when their misfortunes persist for extended periods time. It's so hard to stay tethered to a difficult situation, especially when it is not our own. We incline toward pleasure and away from pain - it's just human. But maybe the most difficult part of staying engaged is the question of "what to do" and "how to help?" And when we don't know those answers, we disengage.

These themes were obvious reminders to me about the Bird Family, and how long it has been - 6 months - since David disappeared. School is out for the summer, distractions are few, and I think that this is a fresh chapter of agony for Nancy, Alex, and Natasha as they face another season without David. I don't have any great suggestions about how to help them and how to stay engaged. But I just wanted to remind you to please keep them in your hearts, in your prayers, and in your consciousness from time to time. If you feel moved to send a note or to reach out in some way, I think that the Birds would happily receive your gesture.

I have extended the fundraiser again because it feels like a way to help, if only in a very practical way. 

Thank you for reading the update. I hope that there will not be need of more, except for real news about David's return.

Sincerely,

Jennie DeMizio
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06/23/2014
by Friends of the Bird Family
Here is the most recent Wall Street Journal Article about David, the Bird Family, and the reward that is being offered for information leading to his whereabouts.

http://online.wsj.com/articles/10-000-reward-offered-for-information-on-missing-wall-street-journal-reporter-david-bird-1402437808
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06/11/2014
by Friends of the Bird Family

$10,000 Reward Offered for Information Leading to the Return of

Missing Wall Street Journal Reporter David Bird

 

It is Hoped Reward Will Produce Information That Will End Family’s “Agony of Uncertainty”

Witnesses Encouraged to Call Long Hill, NJ, Police at 908-647-1800

 

Long Hill Township, NJ—(June 11, 2014):  A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the return of missing Wall Street Journal reporter David Bird, who disappeared five months ago while taking a short walk near his Long Hill Township, NJ, home.

 

The $10,000 reward was contributed by Dow Jones & Co., which publishes The Wall Street Journal and for whom Mr. Bird has worked for over 20 years. Witnesses are encouraged to call the Long Hill Township Police at 908-647-1800. The LHTPD follows up on all leads.*

 

The 55-year-old Boy Scout leader and marathoner went for a walk the afternoon of January 11, 2014, and has not been seen since. Searchers, rescue dogs, and divers have combed the wooded areas, lakes and rivers near the routes Mr. Bird was known to frequent on his regular hikes and runs, but have yet to uncover any clues to his whereabouts. In addition, law enforcement officials have thoroughly examined Mr. Bird’s financial records, cell phone history, and email and text correspondence and have found no reason to conclude he was involved in anything untoward that would have prompted him to abandon his family.

 

“There’s no evidence that David was a victim of foul play,” adds family friend and spokesperson Carolyn Buscarino, “but there’s also no evidence he wasn’t. The $10,000 reward is meant to encourage any witnesses who may have seen something to come forward with information that will help end the family’s agony of uncertainty. The Bird family is incredibly grateful to Dow Jones & Co. for its generosity and support.”

 

Mr. Bird is 6’1” and weighed approximately 200 pounds at the time of his disappearance. He has gray hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a red rain jacket with two yellow zippers, blue jeans and sneakers. He has a distinctive scar, a large inverted Y, on his chest and abdomen, the result of a liver transplant nine years ago.

 

*  Please note:  The reward shall only be payable to any person or persons for relevant and useful information that leads law enforcement to the location and/or return of David Bird. This reward is limited to a $10,000 total in the event of multiple claimants to the reward. Making a false report to law enforcement is a serious offense that may be punishable by law.

 

Contact:

Carolyn Buscarino

917-439-8613


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05/01/2014
by Friends of the Bird Family
Dear Friends, 
     
     I am so very grateful for your continued prayers, positive thoughts and generous support.  The outpouring of love has given us the courage and strength to endure this nightmare.  The children and I truly appreciate your generosity.  We continue to stay hopeful and faithful that David will be found.  


Peace, 
Nancy Bird
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04/24/2014
by Friends of the Bird Family
Dear Friends, Family, and Supporters of the Birds,
   
      Thank you again for your incredibly generous donations. We are less than $1,000 away from our goal, with 7 days remaining. 
    
     I wish that there was news to offer you about David - but there is none. He has been missing for almost 16 weeks. Holidays, school events, and family birthdays have passed, and David's absence remains a searing and unfathomable mystery for the Bird Family.

     While certain aspects of life for Nancy, Alex, and Natasha must march on - school, meals, laundry, prepping for the SAT's - other facets of life will remain in a state of paralysis until David is found. Although this online fundraiser will "time out" in seven days, it can remain receptive to donations, ongoing. I plan to leave the fundraiser active AT LEAST until David is found, so that contributions can continue. 

     Thank you again for your generosity of spirit and resources,

     Jennie DeMizio








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04/01/2014
by Friends of the Bird Family
Here's a nice article about David, the search, the community, and the fundraiser on NJ.com that was published today.

http://www.nj.com/morris/index.ssf/2014/04/16000_raised_search_continues_for_liver_transplant_recipient_david_bird.html



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03/26/2014
by Friends of the Bird Family
The Long Hill Township Facebook page is now updating information about current search efforts for David. Here is the page:

https://www.facebook.com/LHPDNJ
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03/26/2014
by Friends of the Bird Family
Here is the March 25th article from the Wall Street Journal about David's disappearance.

http://blogs.wsj.com/metropolis/2014/03/25/search-resumes-for-missing-wsj-reporter-david-bird/
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03/22/2014
by Friends of the Bird Family
Dear Friends,
You have helped raise half of our goal in one third of the time! We have raised $12,522 with 40 days to go. What an amazing outpouring of love and concern for the Bird Family. 

The challenge now is to raise an average of about $312 a day to reach the goal. Please continue to pass along the website information to friends and family who you think might be willing to help out. Every donation counts, no matter how small. Here is the URL for the fundraiser:

https://www.youcaring.com/help-a-neighbor/help-david-bird-s-family/143703

I am sad to say that there is no update to offer you on David. The area searches should resume shortly, now that the snow has mostly melted. Hopefully, there will be some news soon.

Thank you again for your generosity, and don't let go of hope for David's safe return.

Jennie
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03/18/2014
by Friends of the Bird Family
Thank you Patriots Path Boy Scout Council for your active support by posting the online fundraiser on your website. See what they did:

http://signs-up.ppbsa.org/2014/03/17/support-david-birds-family/
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03/12/2014
by Friends of the Bird Family

On Saturday, March 15, 2004, the Berkeley Heights, NJ, YMCA will host an “Exercise Fundraiser” for the Bird Family. YMCA-certified instructors will lead cardio, sculpt and Pilates classes for women at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m., respectively. Participants are asked to make a $25 non-tax deductible donation to the Bird Family Trust and may reserve a spot by contacting Gail Sinnott at gail.sinnott@verizon.net. Space is limited. 


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03/03/2014
by Friends of the Bird Family
Here is the link to the Wall Street Journal Article:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304603704579323214133075556.html
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02/27/2014
by Friends of the Bird Family
Here is the link to the New York Times Article about David's disappearance:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/17/nyregion/hundreds-search-for-a-missing-wall-street-journal-reporter.html?_r=0

Below is the link to the Echoes-Sentinel (our local paper) article:

http://newjerseyhills.com/echoes-sentinel/news/family-remains-hopeful-appreciative-of-support-long-hill-township-k/article_b98969fc-891f-11e3-af16-0019bb2963f4.html



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