Two girls who attend Knox Presbyterian Church have pitched in to support new moms who participate in the Bellies to Babies program.
Paulina Graham and Keziah Brouwer decided to raise money to buy three car seats to give to Bellies to Babies.
“They wanted to support some young moms who maybe wouldn’t be able to get a nice car seat,” said Al Brouwer, Keziah’s dad.
“They baked cookies and iced them, and they raised money by selling them after church.”
With the money they raised, the girls were able to purchase three car seats, and brought them to Pat Chisholm, coordinator at Bellies to Babies.
“It’s an ongoing need we have,” said Chisholm. “The type of seat they bought, the convertible seat, can be used for a fair length of time in the child’s life. They start out rear facing, then when the baby gets to be a year of age and the right weight, they turn them forward facing and they can use them right up to when those children weigh 40 pounds. Sometimes we’re talking three or four years old before they need to come out of those seats.”
Chisholm explained that since Bellies to Babies doesn’t give out car seats that are more than five years old, there is often a shortage of the convertible car seats.
“That particular seat type is something that goes out of here quite easily because we need them a lot,” she said. “We already have homes for them to go to.”