Friends, I have a very important message for you today, but I’m not going to be the one to convey it. Instead, I’m going to let my good friend, Nicole Collins, a wonderful pro-life warrior, deliver it in my stead. Please consider contributing to this very worthy cause, and if you are unable to contribute financially, your prayers are always appreciated. Our Lady of Good Remedy, pray for us!
Hello, my name is Nicole Collins. Some of you know me. Most of you don’t. I would like to interrupt your Bad Lip Reading videos, your reddit snark and your all-purpose interwebs fun and bring you a bold display of blatant desperation.
Would you like to participate in a viral mission of hope?
One that is guaranteed to chap Planned Parenthood’s Hide?
You don’t have to be Catholic to participate. You just have to hold to this equal care principle: In an unwanted pregnancy, both the pregnant woman AND her unborn child deserve equal respect and care.
Here’s The Effort
Between now and the first day of Advent – Sunday, November 30 – we will pool our resources and fund a SINGLE mobile pregnancy center unit equipped with ultrasound!
- This mobile unit will be beautifully appointed and staffed by professionals; it will park outside of abortion clinics in Delaware and offer FREE ULTRASOUND, FREE PREGNANCY TESTING and FREE COUNSELING to women in crisis.
- This mobile unit will also park at fairs, church festivals, and other happy community events, educating the public to the marvels of ultrasound technology and what it shows of intrauterine development.
- All we want to build this mobile unit (aka Stork Bus) and put it on the road is $120,000 in capital expenses. We will get the operating expenses on our own! (there’s a reason for that).
Save the Stork Mission
You may have heard of Save the Storks, the national organization founded by Joe Baker in 2011. Save the Storks is taking the country by storm. Their mission statement reads:
Our mission is to empower abortion-minded mothers all over America to choose life. We’re accomplishing this by partnering with local pregnancy centers that will own and operate our vehicles outside of abortion clinics to reach women who feel like they only have one choice. By doing this, more women will be saved from the pain and heartbreak of abortion.
Two months ago, an eclectic group representing two of the three counties of Delaware founded the Delaware Stork Bus, Inc. Our intention is to carry out the Save the Storks vision in Delaware. We have signed a contract with Joe and Co. We are ready to rumble. And we want your help.
We have put together a crowd sourcing campaign on GoFundMe with a goal of $120,000.
Ah, but you have questions.
- “Why should I help you? Aren’t there other groups in the country trying to get a Stork Bus off the ground?”
- “I live in Kokomo, Indiana, home of the Kokomo Mantis. Why should I care about little Delaware?”
Those are fair questions. I do live in Delaware, and I d0 want to pull out all the stops to get this Stork Bus up and running in my community. I freely admit that it is self-serving.
But here’s the twist. If this effort is successful, we could scare the pants off of Planned Parenthood and fund more than just one little Delaware bus! We might also inspire similar campaigns in other states.
To our knowledge, no Stork Bus project has used crowd funding, and we hope to establish a precedent. The secular world has been a lot quicker to harness the power of crowd sourcing than us. Witness the success of the ALS Bucket challenge. In two weeks’ time, it made four million dollars for the ALS Association and its 38 chapters. It did this by harnessing the power of social media and the fun of seeing people (especially celebrities) have buckets of ice dumped on them.
However, the ALS Association supports using human embryos for stem cell research, and so Catholics, and other sanctity of life supporters were not able to embrace this campaign as readily as some.
If 4,800 donors gave $25 dollars each, the $120,000 goal could be met quickly. So, what happens if the Catholic/Mommy/Pro-life blogosphere gives more?
Not to worry. We have thought of that. Here is the deal, and it’s a good one:
If we raise more than $120,000 between now and the end of November, we will give 100% of all additional monies collected to the national Save the Storks project! That’s right! We are not greedy. This is our first fundraiser, and we are targeting our capital expenses only. We will trust in our fundraising acumen to raise the first three year’s operating expenses on our own. We came up with this concept not just for Delaware Stork Bus, but for all of us. We want to show the abortion industry that we can get a fully-outfitted Stork Bus on the road in a little more than two-months time. That will have them shaking in their stylish yet affordable boots!
But we don’t want this to be a Zero Sum Game. If YOU give to US, we don’t want you to worry that other Stork Buses will suffer. Save the Storks gives grant money as part of its mission. So if our little stunt goes anywhere, and we collect any extra funds above our capital goal of $120,000, we will give the rest to Joe and his good people to give in grants as they see fit.
Now, most of you don’t know me from Eve. I am not Father Frank Pavone. I’m not Jill Stanek. I’m not Troy or Abby or Mark or Joe or any of the people you know and trust. I can vouch for myself, and I’ve got a solid circle of blogger friends on the Internet. Look me up.
Look up all of us! You’ll find some surprises! Yes, you will find that we have paid our dues. We are trustworthy.
Thank you for your time and prayerful consideration in joining our mission and this campaign.
Nicole Collins, with the Delaware Stork Bus Board of Directors: