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COLUMBIA CITY â€” Pocket change is needed to make positive change for Whitley County families.
B.A.B.E.â€™s annual April giving campaign is in its fifth year and baby bottles are being prepared for distribution across the county to collect monetary donations.
â€śThese bottles will be in businesses all over the county,â€ť said Shawn Ellis, B.A.B.E.â€™s executive director. â€śThere are smaller bottles that we are handing out to churches so that their members can take them home and fill them.â€ť
The campaign will help support B.A.B.E.â€™s mission â€” â€śto provide quality incentives to parents who participate in preventive and prenatal care, including parenting, educational and nutritional classes to promote healthy pregnancy, birth outcome and early childhood development.â€ť
Recently, B.A.B.E. moved to its new location on Line Street, Columbia City. Taking possession of the former Carriage House Flowers building, the nonprofit has more room to expand its services.
â€śWe are able to display more of the items we have in our inventory. We also have more room for Stages,â€ť Ellis said.
Stages is a resale store, a division of B.A.B.E., that sells used baby and childrenâ€™s clothing, as well as other items. Unlike B.A.B.E., the resale division is open to anyone whoâ€™d like to purchase items. No vouchers or B.A.B.E. coupons are necessary.
â€śThis is how we are sustaining B.A.B.E. long term,â€ť Ellis said. â€śRight now we are only dependent on grants for about 30 percent of our annual budget. Itâ€™s our goal to continue to lessen that number.â€ť
To do that, Ellis said the April baby bottle drive is imperative to the financial make-up of the nonprofit service.
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