By Alexandria Randolph
Snow Queens and Princesses gathered at a crisis pregnancy resource ministry mobile bus on March 7 to kick off a bake sale fundraiser.
The event, which will take place during Bloomin’ Fest activities on April 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will benefit NEW Beginning of Restoration & Hope Mobile Services bus. The nonprofit ministry offers free resources such as pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, counseling, parenting classes and baby supplies to singles and families.
“This will hopefully help us to furnish items to serve our community,” said JoAnn Mensch, cofounder of the nonprofit. “We’re about building a culture of life. We’re hoping to bring in funds gradually to get a permanent site. That’s one of our goals.”
Snow Queen Jessi Fields started the fundraiser with help from family members and other Snow Queens and Princesses.
“I wanted to do this to help the kids,” 6-year-old Jessi said. “Some kids don’t have anything.”
On the day of Bloomin’ Fest, Snow royalty and NEW Beginning volunteers will be on the Lampasas courthouse square taking donations of cash and new or gently used goods to help support the mobile unit.
“It’s nice to see young kids doing something for the community,” Mensch said.
“We value the next generation,” said Amy Carroll, volunteer nurse and president of the NEW Beginning of Restoration & Hope Mobile Services board. “Studies have shown if they start giving at a young age, they are 95 percent more likely to give as an adult.”
While visiting the mobile unit – a bus Mensch and her husband named “Esther” in honor of a biblical heroine – the Snow Queens and Princesses learned about the development of a baby before birth with the help of a series of life-size models as visual aids.
Jessi said it was “neat to see the babies before they’re born.”
The mobile unit will accept baby items for children up to age 3, clothing, food, formula, diapers, cribs and more.