Radcliff KY gets a Safe Haven Baby Box thanks to Knights Council 12623.
In 2019, the Kentucky Legislature passed House Bill 155 called the Safe Haven Baby Box Bill. This Bill, who’s primary sponsor was Nancy Tate, allows a woman to surrender her child without penalty the first 30 days of the baby’s life. There are 120 Baby Boxes currently in operation throughout the United States, with 12 of those boxes in Kentucky.
The latest Safe Haven Baby Box was placed in the Radcliff Fire Station in Hardin County, KY. Council 12623, (St. Christopher), sponsored this box. Mike Henderson, a member of the Knights Council, learned about the first baby box in Kentucky which was installed in Louisville last summer. By September, they began fundraising to build one in Hardin County with raffles and other efforts. Council 12623 raised $13,975 for the Box.
The City of Radcliff had the ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, August 10th. Monica Kelsey, who founded the Baby Box System was there along with Rep. Nancy Tate (Sponsor of HB 155), Mayor J.J. Duvall with other city officials and the Knights from Council 12623, Gary Dykhuis (State Advocate), Grand Knight Jose Gonzales and Mike Henderson were also there.
The Culture of Life Director, Dave Holzwarth said that the goal is to have a Safe Haven Baby Box in every county in Kentucky. Information on how to go about getting a Baby Box where needed will be presented in the coming months.
Thanks again to Knights Council 12623 for the great work they have done getting this Box in Radcliff. Included are some pictures from the Ribbon Cutting ceremony.