Fresh Start Pregnancy Resource Center of the Ouachitas is gearing up for their eighth annual Baby Bottle Boomerang campaign. Staff and volunteers have been delivering hundreds of baby bottles to churches, businesses, and organizations in Polk County who are participating in Fresh Start’s largest annual fundraiser. Last year over two dozen churches, businesses, and groups participated by filling baby bottles with coins, cash, and checks. The fundraiser beings on Mother’s Day, May 14, as participants begin to fill the bottles and return them by Father’s Day, June 19.
Baby Bottle Boomerang is for any age or size group to have hands-on involvement in a worthwhile project that helps babies, moms, and dads locally. Parents, grandparents, Sunday School teachers, and youth groups participate to instill the sacredness of human life into the lives of children in a tangible way.
All you have to do is contact Fresh Start and let them know how many bottles you would like. They will deliver them to you or you can drop by the center for pick up and take a tour. Then, the individual or group distributes the baby bottles on Mother’s Day to be filled with coins, checks, and cash. The bottles are then returned (that’s the boomerang) to the church or group on Father’s Day. Fresh Start staff will pick up the bottles and process them and announce the grand total. It’s that simple!
Fresh Start is grateful for the generous individuals and organizations who returned their baby bottles to help them raise over $13,000 last year. This year’s goal is $16,000, and if reached, will help the center purchase new resources, update their current curriculum, and expand and offer more free services to their clients throughout the year.
Interim Director Candace Riner mentioned, “Anyone can participate in Baby Bottle Boomerang by saving their pocket change for a great cause. We love to hear the precious stories of children who ask family and friends to donate when walking into their bedroom or selling lemonade to raise money for moms and babies. We also have individuals who donate on behalf of their loved one or mother or give a loved one’s spare change after they passed away. It is because of countless stories of generosity and benevolence that help us continue the work we do and we are eternally grateful.”
Fresh Start is a 501(c)3 non-profit Christian ministry that offers many services to moms, dads, and babies in Polk County. Those services include free pregnancy tests, education information on fetal development, information regarding options, risks and consequences of abortion, referrals to healthcare facilities, maternity homes, and other community resources, family support mentoring, Earn While You Learn Program, Life Skills classes and more. All services are free and confidential.
The Mission of Fresh Start is to provide compassionate mentoring, practical help, and accurate information to women and men facing unplanned pregnancies or past abortions; openly sharing the love, hope, and truth of Jesus Christ.
Fresh Start is easy to find right in the city limits of Mena at 1308 Hwy 71N, directly across the highway from Sun Country Inn in the Rock House with the red door. Fresh Start’s friendly, trained staff is available Monday – Thursday from 9:30-5:30 and open through lunch. You can reach them by calling 479-394-1186, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org; check out their website at www.freshstartprc.com or Like them on social media @FreshStartPRC.