March for Babies Set for Saturday

Stephens and Franklin counties will march for babies this weekend.

The annual March for Babies in Stephens and Franklin counties to benefit the March of Dimes takes place Saturday morning at Tugaloo State Park.

March of Dimes Community Director for Franklin and Stephens Counties Kim Eldredge said Saturday’s March is the celebration of a lot of hard work by a lot of people.

She said everyone is invited to come out and enjoy Saturday’s march.

“Everyone has been working really hard fundraising money for the March of Dimes, so we would like everyone to come out and support this event,” said Eldredge.  “We will have a bouncy house for the kids.  There will be a clown (and) face painting, so (it will be) lots of fun for the families.”

According to Eldredge, fundraising has gone very well this year.

She said their goal is $39,000 by the end of this calendar year and they had already raised more than $24,000 as of earlier this month.

The March for Babies raises money yearly for the March of Dimes, which focuses on prevention of premature births and birth defects, as well as the general health of babies.

Eldredge said that money comes back into the community to help children and families here.

“We have grants that actually go to the local hospitals,” said Eldredge, who added that another much used item in this area funded by the March of Dimes is the “Angel Two Mobile.”

“It is used to transport premature babies to hospitals,” said Eldredge.  “It is just a great vehicle that is equipped with all of the tools that these babies need during transport.”

Registration for Saturday’s March for Babies at Tugaloo State Park begins at 9 a.m. and the walk itself begins at 10 a.m.