A group of motorcycle enthusiasts from Hastings is donating $25,000 to help fund the state’s Amber Alert program.
Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Superintendent Tim O’Malley will accept a check from the group on Sunday. He says Amber Alert runs entirely on donated funds, and the program is critical in getting the word out about a missing child.
The motorcycle group has raised $100,000 for Amber Alert since 2003.
The BCA says each Amber Alert costs between $6,000 and $12,000. Donations also help defray the cost of law enforcement training and education about the program.
Since its inception, 22 Amber Alerts have been issued in Minnesota. The BCA says so far, every alert has ended with the child’s safe recovery.