Donor Spotlight: The Goddard School
This is the fourth in a four-part series of articles originally published in our Fall print newsletter. You may download the full Fall 2020 newsletter here.
The Goddard School in Forest Hill is a longtime supporter of Birthright.
In the past, the educational preschool has held many diaper collections and baby bottle drives, in which participants collected cash donations in baby bottles. The school also once donated a change machine so that Birthright volunteers could count the change from baby bottle drives more easily.
More recently, during the pandemic, Goddard families responded to the challenging times by collecting diapers and baby wipes. The school dropped them off at Birthright.
Amber O’Brien, the school’s owner and operator, loves the quote, “A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on.” She says that Goddard supports Birthright so that mothers and fathers facing unplanned pregnancies will not panic about what they do not have. Instead, with the help of the volunteers at Birthright, they can embrace the gift of life.
“Children bring such joy and hope to those who care for them,” she says.
O’Brien enthusiastically encourages other business owners to organize donation drives supporting Birthright. She says that these drives achieve two things. First, in the short term, they help Birthright client families by providing them with much-needed items. Second, spreading the word about a donation drive raises awareness in the community of the services that Birthright offers. When more people know about these services, they can tell people who need help about the good that Birthright does.