PLANT CITY Ashlyn Gerbasi has 4,350 reasons to smile as the holidays approach.
The organization that she recently founded collected that many diapers, along with $300, during an inaugural benefit for the Pregnancy Care Center’s Baby Boutique.
The care center will distribute the diapers to the mothers who come to the faith-based charity for help.
Gerbasi, who is the center’s client advocate, founded Girls Auxiliary Life Support, or G.A.L.S., for girls 12 through 18 years old.
The group’s Diaper Drive was so successful that it encouraged members of G.A.L.S. to want to do more, she said.
“They were so excited,” said Gerbasi, who founded G.A.L.S. with the help of the care center. “That number (of diapers) spurred them on and they started throwing out ideas for what we can do next.”
Gerbasi, 20, said that she founded the group as an outlet for girls who wanted to raise awareness for the center and pro-life issues.
Gerbasi began with the center as a volunteer after she saw a presentation at her church.
“I’m avidly pro-life, always have been, so I wanted to put my beliefs into action,” she said.
Gerbasi and her members haven’t yet settled on their next fundraiser to benefit the care center at 304 N. Collins St.