Giving spirit: Boy raises funds for babies

2012-10-18T21:00:00Z 2012-10-19T03:22:59Z Giving spirit: Boy raises funds for babiesBy KRISTIN GUESS, Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

DUNKERTON, Iowa --- Sixth-grader Jared Winkers knows all about the price of diapers. He has been fundraising and volunteering for a local pregnancy assistance agency for three years.

"I got some diapers, but not very many because diapers are expensive," he said.

The 11-year-old will be selling handmade baby items and crafts from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Dunkerton Elementary School's annual craft show.

Jared will use all proceeds to benefit Alternatives Pregnancy Center.

Handmade baby blankets, framed artwork and homemade notecards lined a table in Jared's basement Wednesday as he prepared for Saturday's sale.

"I just really like to talk to people," he said.

Jared used his charm and conversation skills to collect donations from neighbors, teachers and students. He spent some of his weekends standing at storefronts giving information on the nonprofit center that provides support to pregnant women and alternatives to abortion.

"He really likes going around donating things and talking to people," said his mother, Paula Winkers.

He began helping the organization after the family received a flier in the mail three years ago asking for donations.

The Winkers family, including his parents, Michael and Paula, and brothers, Andrew and Mitchell, were praying for the families in need when Jared got an idea for his 4-H project.

He began with Baskets of Hope. Each year around Easter time Jared fills plastic eggs with a list of items needed by the center for mothers, including food, toys, books and formula.

He and his mother ask members of the community if they would like an egg and later return to pick up any donated items.

"I got lots of positive responses right away," Jared said.

4-H members at the Iowa State Fair presented the project this year.

Last year, Jared said, was his best year for donations. He raised $75 and collected almost 400 items.

He also volunteers at the center about 10 times a year and donates 10 percent of the money he receives from birthdays and holidays throughout the year.

"I just like working there and helping people," he said. "The people there are way nice."

This year Jared hopes to raise $300, which is the amount of money needed for a client of the pregnancy center to receive an ultrasound.

"I don't have any real attachment to babies, but I like helping people," he said.

Jared plans to continue service projects throughout his life. He enjoys cooking, baking and was the water boy for his school's football team.

"He's really community service oriented," said Julie Magee, secretary at Dunkerton Elementary and Jared's former 4-H leader. "He's just a pretty neat kid."

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  1. apc
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    apc - October 24, 2012 4:29 pm
    Jared has been a huge blessing to Alternatives Pregnancy Center! If you wish to donate, you can send your gift to the center at 1006 Decathlon Dr, Waterloo, IA 50701 or call us at 319-232-5683. Thanks!
  2. cedarfalls6
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    cedarfalls6 - October 19, 2012 12:06 am
    I currently live out of the Cedar Valley area but would love to donate, as I am from Cedar Falls and love this idea! Is there any way I can donate?
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