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2 fundraisers to aid in LHC Baby Box project

2 fundraisers to aid in LHC Baby Box project 2 fundraisers to aid in LHC Baby Box project
Joey Bowling, Intern, [email protected]

After months of planning, Leadership of Harrison County’s latest graduating class has another challenge to tackle in its endeavor to provide a Safe Haven Baby Box for the county: annual maintenance fees.

To pay for the fees, members of the class have planned two fundraisers with local eateries. Auntie Anne’s food truck will be set up Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Advance Auto Parts in Corydon. Clucker’s will participate in the fundraiser on Wednesday, July 29, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Part of the proceeds from both events are being donated to the fund.

The class has raised about $13,000 so far but needs to reach $15,000 to meet its goal, said Allison Howell, a member of the class.

The money would pay for the box itself, installation, community outreach and create an endowment for paying the $200 annual registration fee required by the state.

Howell said once they’ve raised $5,000 for the fees, Bob Bowman Construction will match that amount, bringing the total to $20,000. That will allow for about a $10,000 endowment for annual fees, paying it forward for the next 50 years.

The baby box will be installed at the Harrison Township Fire Dept. in Corydon. Baby boxes are rectangular safety devices which allow mothers to anonymously surrender their newborn if they are unable to care for the baby.

There are currently 28 boxes in Indiana, according to the Safe Haven Baby Box website.

Baby boxes are legal under Indiana’s Safe Haven Law, which allows a person to give up an infant anonymously without needing to be afraid of arrest or persecution. No information is required of the person dropping off the child unless there are signs of intentional abuse.