South Korean Pastor’s ‘Drop Box’ Inspires Georgia Women to Create ‘Hope Box’ to Save Babies

Hope Box-compressedKENNESAW, Ga. — Two women in Georgia have launched a life-saving ministry that they call “The Hope Box” after being inspired by the documentary “The Drop Box,” which featured a South Korean pastor who rescues abandoned orphans through a drop-off at his home.

“Being that we are the number one state in America for sex-trafficking, there’s a rise in women becoming pregnant through this and not knowing what to do with their babies,” Tiffany Turolla, co-founder of The Hope Box told WXIA-TV.

Co-founder Sarah Koeppen said that women abandon their babies out of desperation.

“Most of the time these girls feel they don’t have another option, especially if they’re scared for whatever reason,” she told the outlet.

When Turolla and Koeppen saw the film “The Drop Box,” it gave them an idea of how to make a difference.

As previously reported, “The Drop Box” is a documentary that tells the true story of South Korean pastor Lee Jong-rak, who is credited with saving countless abandoned babies who might have otherwise have died after being left on the streets by their mothers.

While facing health issues with his own son, Jong-rak began taking “unwanted” children into his home, and soon built a heated dropbox with an in-home buzzer alert in case other mothers sought to leave their babies in his care. He now operates an orphanage at his home, where he cares for 20 abandoned children, and has made himself available to help save as many babies as he can.

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Inspired by the film, Turolla and Koeppen decided to build a drop box of their own to provide a safe haven for children who would otherwise be abandoned.

“It has a door to the outside where a mother can come and place her baby and close the door and it automatically locks,” Turolla explained. “And, from the inside, a member of our medical team will take the baby and assess the baby, make sure all the vitals are stable. From there we will place the baby into our nursery, where volunteers will take care of the baby.”

The women have partnered with Embracing Life Adoption Agency, which will help to find adoptive parents for the children.

“The goal is to, even if we just saved one. One child, then that’s one child that had a chance,” Koeppen said.

The Hope Box is still in its construction phase and is accepting donations of baby items and medical supplies for its ministry.

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  • gizmo23

    This sounds like a great idea!
    Ironically when Colorado was debating a safe drop off bill in the state it was James Dobson, Focus on the Family and pro life groups that fought against it. They said it would encourage young girls to have sex

    • The Last Trump

      Gee, I almost through you an up-vote there.
      But, then you went on yet ANOTHER completely unnecessary anti-Christian rant.
      Once again.

      • gizmo23

        Who said the people I mentioned are Christian? I look at Dobson as political fund raiser and commentator

        • The Last Trump

          Of course you do.
          How very silly of me to associate “James Dobson, Focus on the Family and pro life groups” with Christianity. What was I thinking.

          • gizmo23

            Being pro life does not mean you are Christian. A huge part of focus was political. Dobson was removed because fotf was losing support and donations

          • The Last Trump

            Got it.
            Gizmo23 is decidedly pro Christianity and pro Bible.
            Very wise choices indeed.

          • gizmo23

            Yes I am but I despise the political use of faith

          • Angel Jabbins

            I think I do understand your concerns. I was a huge Focus fan back in the 80’s when I was raising my kids, listening to the program daily. But, as I matured in my faith and as I watched some of the changes at Focus over the past few decades, I am no longer a supporter nor a listener. I am not even sure we can say Focus is soundly in the pro-life camp these days. In 2014, Focus produced a booklet entitled The Abortion Pill. This booklet actually gives tips on how to have a safe abortion. I was shocked when I read this yesterday. I knew things had changed at Focus…but this is a total betrayal of the pro-life cause in my opinion. You can read excerpts from the booklet in an article about it here: http://pulpitandpen. org/2015/11/25/focus-on-the-family-gives-tips-on-how-to-get-safe-abortion/

          • gizmo23

            Thanks. It concerns me that people will larch on to just about any kind of group, media, or leader because they say they are Christian.
            I get slammed when I point this out

  • LadyFreeBird<In God I Trust

    Beautiful story. I hope that through the Hope Box many babies will be saved <3 <3
    I hope more will consider doing this for the sake saving babies<3 <3