Fundraiser for Heidi Search Center falls far short of goal

Plate sale raised $2,700

SAN ANTONIO – The Heidi Search Center held a plate sale Sunday that organizers hoped would raise $10,000; however, once the money was tallied it was clear the total fell far short.

Sunday's fundraiser brought in around $2,700 for the organization.

Established nearly three decades ago, the Heidi Search Center helps families of missing children and adults.

Executive Director Dottie Laster said at any given time volunteers are working 73 to 78 cases, with a 98 percent resolution rate.

"We are not supported by anything but the community," Laster said. "The costs are getting more and more expensive. A simple case where we do nothing takes about $1,200."

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One of the center's biggest champions is the Llamas family.

Last fall, Maria Llamas disappeared from the Poteet flea market on the city's south side and has not been seen since.

"The Heidi Search Center was the only organization that actually came out and they helped us from the beginning and they're still helping,” Margie Llamas, Maria’s daughter, said. “Four months later (and) they're still in contact with us."

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Since its founding in 1990, the organization has helped 4,000 families across San Antonio.

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