FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Dozens of motorcycles rev up as bike after bike pulls into a Fort Wayne parking lot.
Monica Kelsey is thrilled her second annual Flock for the Box can bring out the United Motorcycle Enthusiasts and the Handsome Boys Motorcycle Club, all to support infants surrendered into Safe Haven Baby Boxes.
"As a child who was abandoned as an infant, I take great pride in this job," Kelsey said. "And to see people just surround themselves with us and these babies that we’ve been saving really just speaks volumes about their character. These guys are the real deal."
Motorcyclists spent Saturday driving through Allen County before stopping at a local bowling alley for music, food and a live auction.
Their goal was to raise money and awareness for Safe Haven Baby Boxes across the Midwest.
"Fort Wayne has had babies placed in our boxes, two of them in the New Haven Baby Box, one in the Woodburn Fire Station. So we see the need even in our own community," Kelsey explained. "We’re a national organization that is literally keeping babies out of dumpsters and safe in electronically monitored boxes."
Jennifer Melgoza knows first-hand how those boxes can impact lives.
Her adoptive daughter Grace was surrendered in a Baby Box a little less than two years ago.
"I think that seeing Baby Grace, not just to put her out there, but to see the outcome, she is one of those babies," Melgoza said. "And if it wasn’t for her mother making that choice, we have no idea what her story could have ended up being."
Melgoza’s been blown away by the response from so many local motorcyclists.
And Kelsey hopes to build on that community support to expand her organization’s reach even further.
"Well, we’re currently legal in 10 states, and I’ve got 40 more states to go. So that is my goal," Kelsey said. "And hopefully I’ll be able to retire once we get in all 50 states and then hand this organization off to maybe Baby Gracie or another one of our babies that have been surrendered the way I was."
There are currently over 60 baby box locations in the state of Indiana.
Melgoza says even if you can’t donate time or money to their events, it doesn’t take much to share a post, and each share could help get the information to someone who needs it.