Miami, FL (PRWEB) June 29, 2012
It was Father’s Day- It began as an uneventful morning at a Florida Fire Station but that all changed when the outside door bell rang. There stood a young woman, looking exhausted and very frightened. Her face was streaked with tears. She was holding something very tight, wrapped in a nice blanket. She said “I want to leave her in a Safe Haven”. The Fire Fighter said “are you sure” and she replied “Yes, it is the only way. Please take good care of her” as she placed the baby in his arms. She then turned and left.
Safe Haven for Newborns announces another baby saved.
A Safe Haven for Newborns is offered to everyone, especially young women across Florida who are hiding their pregnancy, who might otherwise abandon their unwanted newborn, an unthinkable act, but an act of panicked desperation by mothers who believe they themselves to be abandoned, without support or resources.
The young mother in the story actually called the Safe Haven toll free, confidential 24/7, multilingual helpline for assistance prior to surrendering the baby at the Fire Station.
Two days after the original call, she called again. She had two(2) letters for us to give to the adoptive parents, one for them and the another to be read to the baby, who is now called Gloria Hope, at the appropriate time. We met the mother at a Church, it was a very emotional meeting .The message to Gloria Hope is: You did not think I loved you because I gave you up but that is exactly why I did it. I didn’t have a future and I wanted you to have one.
Safe Haven, a not for profit 501©3 was created in 2001 by Nick Silverio, a man whose deep compassion and love for children led him to devote his life to saving infants from being abandoned. He created the organization to honor the life of his beloved Gloria, who was killed in a car accident by a speeding driver in 1999. Nick and Gloria were married for 32 years, and although they had no children, they were devoted to children and served as Godparents to fourteen.
Safe Haven has gained national attention and become a prototype, setting the standard for affiliated programs in Kansas and Missouri. The organization has provided web-based training for professionals in healthcare and emergency services and has enlightened the public about newborn abandonment through public service announcements, billboards community presentations and the social media.
Siverio explains “We are a private, grass-roots organization that has taken the lead in working with the public sector in order to make our world a kinder place to live.
Safe Haven relies mainly on donations and grants to maintain this life saving program. Donations can be made online at http://www.asafehavenfornewborns.com.
Nick says, “We are overwhelmed and overjoyed when a precious life is saved, conversely, we are heartbroken if a newborn is abandoned.” Without the Safe Haven for Newborn Services, many, if not most, of the 172 babies saved to date would not be here today. Who knows, maybe one among them will become president of the U.S., a Supreme Court justice, a scientist finding a cure for cancer or more importantly, a great mom and dad to their children.
“He, who saves one life, saves the world entire”…….Talmud