During the event, the Pendleton Town Council President, Chet Babb, and Pendleton Fire Chief, Chris Nodine, signed the official contract to install their community Safe Haven Baby Box. Having a Baby Box provides first responders and communities with a proactive method to eliminate illegal abandonment. The Safe Haven Baby Box takes the face-to-face interaction out of the surrender and protects the mother from being seen. Chet Babb, approached us, asking if we would contribute to this cause. Banning Engineering was honored to donate $2,500 to the Safe Haven Baby Box installation. The money raised for the Baby Box will go towards construction, the box, the security system, the annual fee, advertisements for the Pendleton box, and the 24/7 crisis hotline. We are thankful to partner with a community striving to create a safe and beautiful place for all.
Safe Haven Baby Boxes’ mission is to prevent illegal abandonment of newborns by raising awareness, offering a 24-hour hotline for mothers in crisis, and offering the Safe Haven Baby Boxes for women who want to maintain complete anonymity. According to their website, there are over 100 Safe Haven Baby Boxes across the nation to assist in safe, legal, anonymous surrender of a newborn. If you’re interested in learning more about Safe Haven Baby Boxes and the organization’s services, check out their website here.