SUBMITTED BY ELIZABETH BEASLEY –
Fresh Start Pregnancy Resource Center got a fresh look with a new sign just in time to announce their Baby Bottle Boomerang Campaign, which begins this Sunday, May 8. People all over Polk County will pick up one or more baby bottles to fill when they attend their local church this Mother’s Day. They will have the next six weeks to fill the bottles with change, checks, and cash and then return them on Father’s Day, June 19.
Baby Bottle Boomerang is a fun activity for families to do together as children love to fill these bottles while Mom and Dad are teaching them to be givers and not just takers. Last year, an 8 year old boy whose mother had died just two years earlier, participated in Baby Bottle Boomerang and raised $54 by having a lemonade stand and asking all his friends and cousins to donate when they came into his room.
If your mother is deceased, wouldn’t it be great to give a Mother’s Day Memorial gift in her honor to Fresh Start, thereby helping a young mom and her baby? In this way you will be “passing on” the good things your mom did like giving you life, a home, love, food and clothes, and teaching you how to live in this world.
Fresh Start is a faith-based, non-profit organization located at 1308 Hwy 71 North here in Mena, Arkansas, that helps Moms, Dads and babies here in Polk County and the surrounding area. Their services include: Free pregnancy tests, educational 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, First Time Mom Program, Life Skills, Earn While You Learn Program provided free in a warm, home-like setting. Hours are Monday Through Wednesday from 9:30-5:30 and Thursday, 1-5:30. The phone number is 479-394-1186.
Fresh Start’s Director, Elizabeth Beasley, her Administrative Assistant, Debra Lambrecht, and her staff of trained mentors and volunteers love Moms and Dads and their little ones, and devote their lives to make a difference in the lives of others.