Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Comments for a Cause - Caring Pregnancy Center

Comments for a Cause April 2015 - For each comment on Corn, Beans, Pigs & Kids blog all April long $0.50 will be donated to the Caring Pregnancy Center
One of my favorite things about starting a new month is that I get to introduce a new cause to my readers.  Before I talk about April's cause, let's talk March numbers.  Last month I had 43 comments, creating a donation of $21.50 to the Children's Tumor Foundation, in honor of my late friend Amy.  I'm so happy to support a cause that was so near to her heart.

In the month of April I'm happy to not only support, but also bring awareness to the Caring Pregnancy Center of Mason City's Community Baby Shower by donating $0.50 for every comment on my blog during the month.

I feel very blessed to be able to provide all basic needs for my family - food, clothing, shelter and love.  But I realize that not all children are that fortunate.  Each year in North Iowa, many babies are born into poverty.  There are also many women who receive late or no prenatal care, many times resulting in babies that are pre-term or have a low birth weight.  The Caring Pregnancy Center helps these moms and children through various programs, such as their Baby Bucks Program.

The first annual Community Baby Shower helps the Baby Bucks Program and is happening today, April 1st through May 2nd.  The Baby Bucks incentive program is a way for at-risk mothers and other mothers to earn essential baby items by going to doctors appointments, taking parenting classes, having and keeping a job, breastfeeding, etc.  These supplies and support programs give both moms and children help needed for a healthy beginning and early childhood needs.

Jo Hafermann, executive director of Mason City's Caring Pregnancy Center, says they are looking for the following items:  diapers (all sizes besides size 1), pull-ups, wipes, baby acetaminophen, baby cereal, bottles, bottle liners, bottle brushes, formula, teething medicine, baby toys, bibs, baby shampoo, baby powder, baby lotion, baby bath wash and shampoo, baby clothes through size 5T and onesies.  They are also in need of furniture items:  new cribs, pack-n-plays, strollers, high chairs and new car seats.  All furniture items must be new or up to current safety standards, clean and in great working conditions.

You can make a difference by hosting your own "Baby Shower" item drive with friends or co-workers, or donate money towards the purchase of supplies.  You can drop off your Baby Shower gifts at the Caring Pregnancy Center at 830 15th St SW in Mason City during scheduled hours or by coming to the Community Baby Shower on Saturday, May 2nd from 9-11am at the Willow Brook Mall in Mason City.  For more information on the Community Baby Shower service project you can contact Jo Hafermann at 641.424.2237 or jhafermann@cpcmasoncity.org.

You can also make a difference by commenting on any post blog post all month.  If you were to host a Baby Shower, who would you invite?  What would you bring as a gift?  What is your favorite Baby Shower game?  Remember to Comment for a Cause!

15 comments:

  1. Great cause as always, Val! I am going to have to think about a good way to support this during the month. I am thinking about gifts as well-----there are so many more things to give parents these days it would be hard to choose! Thanks for sharing this----such a great cause.

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  2. I would add that people can find similar opportunities in their own communities through social service organizations. There are plenty of ways to help other.

    As far as baby showers, go, I'm not much of a party planner. I just like to bring presents and show up for the cake. (and holding the baby, if it's a shower for a particular baby)

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  3. I hope you do well raising money for such a worthy cause.

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  4. I think this is a fantastic cause!

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  5. Love your Comments for Cause- this one is very worthy!

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  6. Thank you so much for spotlighting this need!

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  7. CPC is great! They were a great partner for my New Parent Program in Mason City and Jo is so great to work with. They have done some phenomenal things to support families in North Iowa and this is a great program to donate to. Thanks Val!

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  8. This sounds like a great cause. We don't have anything like this in my area. Families need all the support they can get. Thank you for sharing.

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  9. You are doing great job such amazing Caring Pregnancy Center of Mason City is really helpful for family. By your approach women will know many awareness when they are pregnant. Some important tips are also nice. Thanks!

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  10. This is really wonderful we have found several kinds of organizations are there which provides multiple supportive programs to the people during their worst times. This concept is also here applying with pregnant women by providing good care opportunities under pregnancy caring programs. While supporting "caring Pregnancy Center" we ultimately give our support to pregnant women those are really need support and care. I hope this article should bring some kind of awareness among people regarding health and other care.

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