KENNESAW, 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.
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.