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HaLeigh Ann-Marie Cummings Missing for Six Months and Birthday School Supply Drive Event Planned

Friday, September 18, 2009 General News J E 4
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GLEN ST. MARY, Fla., Aug. 10 HaLeigh Cummings disappeared from her home in Satsuma, Florida, approximately 75 miles east of Gainesville, during the early morning hours of February 10, 2009. She is 3' tall and weighs 39 pounds. She has blonde hair and brown eyes. It has now been six months since her disappearance.

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HaLeigh's mother Crystal Sheffield continues to search for her daughter and is not giving up her fight.

"Although it has almost been six months since HaLeigh's disappearance, I still have hope that my daughter will come home. I will continue to do whatever it takes to keep her face out in the public for everyone to see. I ask if anyone out there knows anything to please call Crime Stoppers or your local police. HaLeigh is about to be six years old, I am begging once again from the bottom of my heart for whoever has my sweet daughter to let her go. Please, she needs to be home with her family, she does not belong with anyone else. This is tearing my heart out of my chest, a part of me is missing and that is HaLeigh. Every day I wake up wondering if I will get a call saying they found my angel. HaLeigh, mommy and daddy love you more than anything in this world, we will never give up on you. Someone out there knows something, please just let someone know if you do. I will not mention your name, all I want is my daughter home safe and sound. I LOVE YOU ALWAYS HALEIGH. - Crystal Sheffield (Mommy)."

HaLeigh's maternal grandmother Marie Griffis has not given up the fight either.

"It's been an agonizing six months since my granddaughter's disappearance and it is pure torture waking up each morning wondering where she may be; if she is okay, if she is being fed, clothed and given 'love' most of all. More importantly is where is HaLeigh? I never imagined ever having to go through such pain, but we will get up and continue in our daily task of finding HaLeigh. Although there have been obstacles in the way that have slowed us almost to a stop in our search for HaLeigh, we have pushed through that and now are back on track. This is just the beginning of our efforts to find HaLeigh. We will never stop looking for HaLeigh and never give up even when the road gets rough, it's rough every day but we will prevail.

Please, if anyone has information pertaining to HaLeigh's disappearance, please call and report it to the authorities listed. I beg that if you have HaLeigh. please just drop her off somewhere; in a hospital, fire department, local supermarket or shopping mall. Someone out there has her or knows what happened! I am begging of you, please come forward so we can end this nightmare. Tell someone what you know, I wouldn't want anyone to have to go through this kind of pain."

The Sheffield / Griffis Family are sending this information to the entire Southeastern Unites States to ask that the public please keep an eye out for HaLeigh wherever they might live. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact the Putnam County Sheriff's Office at 386-329-0808 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-277-TIPS. The link to the FBI Missing Person page for HaLeigh is http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/kidnap/cummings_h.htm. A reward of $35,000 is available for information leading to her recovery or the conviction of anyone involved in her disappearance. You may remain anonymous.

Along with the six month mark of HaLeigh's disappearance, a very special event is also soon approaching - HaLeigh's Sixth Birthday on August 17, 2009. In honor of HaLeigh Cummings' Sixth Birthday, her family will be working with HaLeigh's school, Browning Pearce Elementary School on collecting school supplies that will be stored and distributed to students who are in need. The Sheffield / Griffis Family is calling this effort "HaLeigh's Closet" to honor HaLeigh's belief that "Sharing is Caring". Children in need of school supplies will be able to go to "HaLeigh's Closet" to get these supplies.

Please help us to honor this special day by visiting us at Riverfront Park in Palatka, Florida on Saturday, August 15th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM to drop off your donations of school supplies for "HaLeigh's Closet". HaLeigh's school has grades Pre-K through 5th grade. A school supply list can be found at http://www.putnamschools.org/index/SchoolSupplyList.pdf. All supplies will be immediately delivered to the school for later distribution by the faculty.

If anyone would like to help in honoring HaLeigh and cannot attend the event, you can purchase supplies online at www.staples.com and have them shipped to HaLeigh's grandmother Marie Griffis, as the school officials have requested. If your purchase is $50.00 or more, shipping is free. If under $50.00, shipping is $9.95. The shipping address for Marie Griffis is 12222 Mud Lake Rd., Glen St. Mary FL, 32040. All school supplies will be immediately delivered to HaLeigh's school for later distribution by the faculty. Only school supplies will be allowed as donations: no monetary donations will be accepted.

SOURCE Crystal Sheffield
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