On Sunday, April 8th, a baby girl was successfully recovered from a “baby box” in the Coolspring Township of Indiana, just outside of Michigan City.
This is the second infant who has been rescued from the baby-box installed on the side of the Volunteer Fire Department.
The first infant, another baby girl, was rescued from the baby-box on November 7th, 2017. After the first rescue, the Right to Life organization posted on Twitter: ‘One-hour-old “Baby Hope” left in Safe Haven Box, doing well. For a busy volunteer fire volunteer fire department “this one call made their year.’
The baby-box has a silent alarm that alerts designated personnel when the box has been opened.
It is a huge win for Monica Kelsey, a volunteer firefighter who founded the nonprofit that oversees the installation of the baby-boxes.
Monica, who herself was abandoned as an infant in 1973, came across a baby-box when visiting a South African church. That’s when she decided to establish the nonprofit organization so the mothers could safely surrender their newborns if they don’t want to keep them.
It is a great step as around 100-150 babies are being abandoned every year. It allows a woman to surrender her unwanted newborn safely with the help of Safe Haven Baby Boxes.