The ugly truth behind those cute rubber duckies and teddy bears: On Friday afternoon (while we were watching General Hospital), the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in Fort Meyers, FL was called to a wooded area where a newborn was found dead in a garbage bag. Sadly, this happens more often than you know -- too often. Over the last 14 years, Project Cuddle has saved over 675 newborns from abandonment ... that's almost 50 babies per year. Imagine how many were not so lucky?
Project Cuddle helps to prevent these tragedies by providing pregnant women considering abandonment with direct resources; the toll-free, 24-hour, 7-day hotline in the U.S. and Canada is 1-88-TO-CUDDLE. Project Cuddle also educates about state "safe surrender" or "safe haven" laws that allow women to bring their newborns to fire stations and other designated locations.
John Stamos, who GH fans remember as Black Parrish, is the National Spokesperson for Project Cuddle. BID TODAY on John's autographed 8x10 photo, a 2011 Project Cuddle calendar, and the official Project Cuddle book signed by Maurice Benard, Chad Duell, Becky Herbst, Dom Zamprogna, Jason Thompson, Ronnie Marmo, Steve Burton, Dahlia Salem, Scott Reeves, and Rick Hearst (you remember Rick Lansing!)!! The eBay auction can be found at EBAY and ends on Thursday, January 20 at 9am east coast time (6am west coast time). By bidding on any of these General Hospital cast signed auction items, you will be helping to save a newborn from another tragedy like Friday. PayPal donations also can be made through January 31 at the Port Charles Wishing Well Site.
And don't forget ... this fundraiser is to celebrate the arrival of Becky's, Dom's, Jonathan's and Derk's babies -- so even if you're not able to make a donation or place an auction bid -- be sure to leave messages here BABY BOOK because keepsake hardbound copies will be sent to the new parents!