These baby bottles lined on the table are not for drinking out of, they are part of an annual fundraiser that started about 20 years ago, put on by the Pregnancy Care Center of Aroostook to raise money for the center.
“We are a non-profit organization so we rely on fundraiser, and it began small where we would just give out baby bottles to churches, a few churches and they would collect the change or dollar bills for 6 weeks and then return it to the pregnancy care. Since I’ve been here in the last 10 years it has grown significantly,” Said Christie Corey, Executive Director of the Pregnancy Care Center.
Corey explained how each year they drop off bottles at churches, where members of that church will choose a bottle and have 4 weeks to fill it with any donation of their choosing, including dollars or change. They then return it to the church where someone from the Pregnancy Center of Aroostook picks it up.
1500 baby bottles were delivered to 71 churches around Aroostook County last Tuesday, This Wednesday, Christie plans to deliver these bottles to churches around Presque Isle. Last year’s fundraiser brought in around 20,000 dollars, and this year they hope for the same.
“The Pregnancy Care Center offers all of our services free at no charge to our clients. We have pregnancy tests, infants clothing, maternity clothing, we have a program called give moms credit, where they can earn mommy money up to 200 dollars and they can go buy a new crib or play pen and baby furniture items,” said Corey.
They also offer counseling, parenting classes and many other services. All of the money raised from the baby bottle drive will go towards funding all of the programs at the center.