(L to R) Senator Mimi Walters, Debbe Magnusen
COSTA MESA, Calif.
- July 12, 2013
-- Senator Mimi Walters introduced a California Senate Resolution recognizing July 13, 2013 as “Baby Abandonment Prevention Awareness Day” to honor the work of Costa Mesa-based Project Cuddle and their efforts to rescue abandoned babies in the community and around the country.
Debbe Magnusen, founder of Project Cuddle, “We want to thank Senator Mimi Walters and her committee for their resolution to honor the work of Project Cuddle and our efforts to prevent baby abandonment. We hope this recognition helps keep Project Cuddle going and growing with volunteers, donations and our annual fundraisers. Since its inception, Costa Mesa-based Project Cuddle has saved over 735 babies across the country and into Canada from the fate of being abandoned, or worse and just since January of this year; we have rescued 25 babies and have 2 more this week ready to deliver! Our case load has more than tripled and we are averaging 35 cases at this time.”
Project Cuddle (http://www.projectcuddle.org
) is a non-profit organization that offers safe and legal alternatives to baby abandonment. They run a confidential, toll-free, 24-hour crisis hotline (888-628-3353)
for scared pregnant girls and women who feel hopeless and alone. Women who feel they have no one to help them through this frightening experience of an unplanned/unwanted pregnancy. Many of these girls and women are near there due date, hiding their pregnancy, have no plans for their babies once born, and are in need of prenatal care. Emmy® nominated actor and producer John Stamos serves as the non-profit’s National Spokesperson and Chairman of the Advisory Board, and has been a supporter of Project Cuddle for over eight years. Project Cuddle also provides educational materials at no cost for schools that are interested in sharing the message with their students. The “Believe Campaign” video helps students become aware of the options available to them other than abandonment of a baby. The school video features John Stamos, as well as Denise Richards, Kristin Davis, and is being distributed across America.
Senator Mimi Walters (www. http://mimiwalters.com
) represents the 37th District in the State Senate. She was overwhelmingly elected to the Assembly in 2004, re-elected in 2006, elected to the State Senate in 2008 and re-elected under new district lines in 2012. Mimi began her public service at the local level, as a member of the Laguna Niguel City Council in 1996. She is past Chair of the Laguna Niguel Investment, Banking & Audit Committee. Mimi is a founder of the California Women’s Leadership Association (CWLA) and has served on the Boards of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), the American Cancer Society, and the South Coast Medical Center Foundation. A graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles, Mimi and her husband, David, live in Orange County with their four children.