Care Net’s annual Baby Bottle Campaign fundraiser starts

Published 6:37 pm Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Care Net Pregnancy Resource Center is reaching out to Chilton County churches and residents for their help with the annual Baby Bottle Campaign.

The campaign is one of Care Net’s largest and most lucrative fundraisers every year, and proceeds from it pay for services the center provides for women facing difficult decisions or situations regarding unplanned pregnancies.

The concept behind the Baby Bottle Campaign is for participants to take home baby bottles, fill them with change and give them back to the center.

Care Net Executive Director Susan Scott said the campaign is something pro-life centers throughout the country hold as a fundraiser.

Care Net has held the campaign every year since it opened in 2006.

“We just ask families to take a bottle home to fill it with change,” Scott said. “It doesn’t have to be loose change. Without this kind of support, the center will close its doors.”

Scott said money in any form—checks, cash or other—is needed to pay for the center’s services including ultrasounds, post-abortion counseling, adoption counseling, abstinence seminars and Bible study classes.

Although the Baby Bottle Campaign is generally held over a four-week period, Care Net accepts bottles containing donations all year long.

“We have approximately 300 women who come through this center every year,” Scott said. “This is just the time of year we make our major drive to get the bottles to the churches.”

Scott said about 20 local churches have committed to the campaign this year, but more are encouraged to participate.

She said most churches and individuals participate in the campaign from Mother’s day through Father’s Day, but another popular four-week period is from Sanctity of Human Life Sunday in January through Valentine’s Day in February.

In 2011, Care Net raised $12,524 through the campaign, with $12,701 in 2012.

The most Care Net has ever raised with the bottles was $20,834 in 2007.

“We would like to raise $20,000 again this year,” Scott said.

Anyone interested in participating in the Baby Bottle Campaign may pick up bottles from Care Net Pregnancy Resource Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The center is located at 1622 Seventh St. N. Suite 134 in Clanton.

For more information, call Care Net at (205) 755-6767.