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Being There: How Caregivers Can Help Children Cope With the Loss of a Parent
By MADD | November 20, 2014 | Filed in: MADDvocate , Victim Services , Drunk Driving

Originally featured in the 2014 fall edition of MADDvocate.

Not only did Myra Constable lose her husband, Carie, in a drunk driving crash just before Christmas in 1999, her 23-month-old son, Nicholas, lost his father. Sadly, Carie was found alone in his car the morning after the crash. An autopsy revealed that his blood alcohol content was twice the legal limit.

Shortly after Carie’s death, Myra’s mother called the local MADD office for help, and soon Myra became a regular speaker for MADD Victim Impact Panels. Telling her story became a key component of her personal healing journey.

Also after the crash, Myra began to notice some changes in her son’s behavior. It began when people started coming by more often. Family and friends would gather, blanketing Myra and her son with embraces and tears.

“I first noticed that Nicholas was very clingy to me, especially when I would leave. Over the next couple of years he became really possessive,” Myra recalls.

“He did not want anyone else to hold him or anyone to talk to me.”

At that moment, Myra knew that she needed to help her son find his own path to emotional wellness.

Read the rest of Nicholas and Myra’s story, and how to help grieving children cope in MADDvocate.

Nationwide Partners with MADD this Holiday Season (Guest Blog)
By Guest Blogger | November 19, 2014 | Filed in: Drunk Driving

Provided by Nationwide Insurance® the National Presenting Sponsor of Tie One on For Safety® and the Power of Parents® program. Nationwide also offers exclusive discounts to MADD supporters, learn more.

Nationwide is passionate about safe driving and protecting what’s most important to people. That’s why we are proud to be the National Presenting Sponsor of MADD’s Tie One On For Safety® program, MADD’s longest running public awareness program to prevent drunk driving during the holidays – a traditionally dangerous time on America’s roadways.

The holiday season should be a time to celebrate with loved ones, but far too often holiday festivities lead to tragedy because of drunk driving. Drunk driving is 100 percent preventable, and we’re honored to help MADD save lives this holiday season.

Not only do we support Tie One On For Safety from a national level, but many of our Nationwide agents and local offices get involved with the campaign as well. Several Nationwide offices across the country encourage their customers to get involved with Tie One On For Safety by providing MADD red ribbons, and Nationwide agents often participate in local MADD events to help spread awareness about the dangers of drunk driving around the holidays.

Nationwide team members supported their local MADD Pennsylvania office by attending the Philadelphia Walk Like MADD event on November 2, 2014. They passed out water to the walkers and held a raffle to give away prizes to Walk participants.

Anyone can be a victim of drunk driving, which is why we’re proud to partner with MADD this holiday season to encourage safe, and sober driving, so that every family can enjoy the holidays, safe and sound.

Learn more about how you can participate in Tie One on For Safety at

Tie One On For Safety
By MADD | November 6, 2014 | Filed in: Drunk Driving

Some of the most dangerous days of the year on our nation’s roadways are between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. That is why every holiday season MADD asks you to put a MADD red ribbon in a visible location on your vehicle as a reminder to always designate a non-drinking driver.

Started in 1986, Tie One On For Safety® is MADD’s longest running and most visible public awareness project. The name Tie One On For Safety comes from the phrase “tie one on,” which is slang for drinking alcohol. But at MADD we use the phrase to remind everyone that drinking and driving don’t mix.

This year, we’re giving you the opportunity to order a Tie One On For Safety ribbon online for free!  And we also have Tie One On For Safety car magnets available with a $10 minimum donation. Of course, any donation you can make will help, especially this time of year.

Ribbon Magnet

Thank you for helping us raise awareness about the dangers of drunk driving this holiday season by Tying One On For Safety!

A Footnote in the History Books
By Jan Withers | November 5, 2014 | Filed in: National President , Drunk Driving

Holiday time in November and December is about family to me. It is a time to spend celebrating with friends. And it is also the time of year during which drunk driving injuries and deaths increase dramatically. That means many families will face needless heartache instead of celebration.

But there will be a day when no more families will be shattered because of drunk driving. MADD’s plan to make that day a reality is on course. Technology will soon prevent people from being able to drive when they have a BAC of .08 or above.

Until then I want to remind everyone, especially this time of year when more celebrations and gatherings happen, that if you will be drinking alcohol, decide before you ever go out how you will get home with a non-drinking designated driver.

MADD is sharing red ribbons and magnets for our annual Tie One On For Safety Campaign®. I ask you to put one on each of your vehicles, to remind everyone to not drink and drive this holiday season.

I can hardly wait for the day when the message connected to these red ribbons is obsolete, because drunk driving will be a footnote in the history books. I can hardly wait for the day when holiday time only means time for family and friends during which there will be no new tragedies and no new heartaches because of someone’s decision to drink and drive.

Fall 2014 MADDvocate
By MADD | November 4, 2014 | Filed in: National President , Volunteers , Drugged Driving , Victim Services , Underage Drinking , Drunk Driving , Power of Parents , General

The Fall Issue of MADDvocate is now available. Read the latest issue of our online magazine that is helping survivors survive.

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