Hutchinson fire stations raising money to install Hope's Cradle baby boxes

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (KAKE) - Two fire stations in Hutchinson have launched an initiative to raise funds to install two Hope's Cradles, a new initiative brought by the passing of House Bill 2024 earlier this year that allows mothers or guardians to safely and legally relinquish their rights of a child.

The Hutchinson Fire Department said in a press release Thursday that they have worked alongside Hutchinson Regional Medical Center to launch this initiative. HFD said a goal of $50,000 has been set and if more funds are raised, more cradles will be installed across the community. Donations may be dropped off at any fire station or made online at www.hutchregional.com/donate.

These cradles are installed on the outside of the fire station. When a child is placed within the cradle and the door shut, an alarm immediately goes off alerting authorities, including 911, that action needs to take place, HFD said.

“Our goal really is to ensure both the Guardian and the child have a future,” stated Fire Chief Steven Beer on the mission and purpose for this project. “This cradle can give the Guardian hope in a desperate situation, and prevent the loss of life.”

House Bill 2024 was passed earlier this year permitting the installation of such safety boxes or cradles at both fire and police stations in Kansas.

The HFD says the goal would be for these cradles to be located at the new fire station on Main Street and one at the Avenue E station, providing support to residents in multiple areas of the community.

For more information on Hope’s Cradle's mission and product, please visit www.gemsforgems.com/hc


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