The Baby Box: Hope for Abandoned Babies of South Korea

Things on the internet go viral for a reason.

Videos of puppies and babies go viral because the cuteness appeases us. Controversial news goes viral because, as much as we hate to admit it, we’re pulled in by the drama.  Ridiculous music videos go viral because we all like a good laugh once in a while.

But every now and then, amidst my corgi-filled newsfeed, I come across something amazing. Because sometimes things don’t go viral simply because its cute or dramatic or funny. Sometimes, things go viral because we understand that people should know about it.

This is one of them.

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South Korean pastor, Lee Jong-rak, decided that he would create a solution for the hundreds of babies—many with mental and physical disabilities—who are abandoned in the streets of South Korea.  The pastor created a “Baby Box” where mothers can leave their unwanted children. Pastor Jong-rak  points out that mothers who have no where to turn sometimes end up with the idea to poison their baby rather than have their child endure a life of struggle. The “Baby Box”, he argues, would be a much better alternative for desperate mothers.

The inside of the box contains a thick towel covering the bottom, and lights and heating to keep the baby comfortable.  A bell rings when someone puts a baby in the box, alerting Jong-rak, his wife, or staff associates to come immediately and move the baby inside.  Although the paster originally believed many mothers would not turn to the “Baby Box”, he was mistaken. His house now doubles as an orphanage.

Often times, the pastor doesn’t even get a glimpse of the mothers who leave their babies in the box. Other times, the mother gives him a tearful apology. One single mother left this note with her baby. The english translation follows.

“My baby! Mom is so sorry.
I am so sorry to make this decision. 
My son! I hope you to meet great parents, and I am very, very sorry . 
I don’t deserve to say a word. 
Sorry, sorry, and I love you my son. 
Mom loves you more than anything else. 
I leave you here because I don’t know who your father is. 
I used to think about something bad, but I guess this box is safer for you. 
That’s why I decided to leave you here. My son, Please forgive me.”

Filmmaker Brian Ivie heard the inspirational story and travelled over to South Korea to make his documentary Drop Box. During an award acceptance speech for the documentary, Ivie explains that seeing the babies dropped off changed his life.

Although it has already been a few years since pastor Lee Jong-rak began the “Baby Box”, this story is now finally receiving the recognition it deserves.

Things on the internet go viral for a reason. Every now and then, I’m thankful for this.

 

THIS IS TOO CUTE: Top Ten Asian Babies With Puppies

There are a few things in life that can lift up my spirits no matter how bad my day may be. On this list, easily, are puppies and Adorable Asian Babies. A quick scroll through any of my social media sites and I guarantee you that I will come across both of a these a number of times within a single day.

As it turns out, you all like cute things just as much as I do. So if you’re having a bad day, we have just the thing for you.

What could possibly be better than puppies or cute babies? How about puppies AND adorable Asian babies. (Yes, we’re being cheesy and we took it there, but lets be honest- you’re gonna look through these pictures anyway.)

Here are some of our favorite puppy/Asian Baby combos!

1) The Cuteness Competition
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2) The Moment When Puppies Save a Baby From Falling
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3) OmNomNom Baby
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4) Man’s, I Mean Baby’s Best Friend
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5) So Cute We’ll Make An Exception About The Puppy
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6) Proud Royal Steed
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7) The Wrinkly and The Not-so-wrinkly
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8) The Pillow Pet
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9)We Would Be Excited Over Panda-Puppy Too
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10) The Fuzzy-Wuzzy Dog
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Countdown to KCON 2013 | Adorable Baby K-Pop Idols

Before they were the famous and beloved idols they are today, some of our favorite KCON 2013 attendees were once wee, adorable children.  Our favorite idols (and some very clever, stealthy netizens) have revealed their über-precious, squeal-worthy photos online.  Take a peek below!

G-Dragon (Big Bang)
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Changmin (2AM)
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Jinwoon (2AM)
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Jo Kwon (2AM)
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Tao (EXO)
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D.O. (EXO)
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Kris (EXO)
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Krystal (f(x))
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Luna (f(x))
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Sulli ((f(x))
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Victoria (f(x))
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Amber (f(x))
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L. Joe (Teen Top)
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Niel (Teen Top)
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Ricky (Teen Top)
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SO CUTE, RIGHT?  Who do you think has the most precious photo?

Adorable Asian Baby Overload

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The birth of the royal baby seems to have everyone in a baby frenzy. Although the world has only gotten a glimpse of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s new royal baby boy, Prince George Alexander Louis has already been the talk of the town. While we all anxiously wait for the radiant new parents to release more photos of the baby, we decided to tend to our baby-frenzy.

We’re not quite sure when this trend started, but cute Asian babies rank right up there with puppies and memes when it comes to social media sites. A quick scroll through my tumblr dashboard will mean squeals upon squeals because its covered with, you guessed it, adorable babies.

Here are a few of our favorites:

1) The Messy Hair- Teddy Bear Baby
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2) The Happy Monkey Baby
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3) The Big-Eyed Baby
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4) The Shocked Panda Baby
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5) The Squishy Baby
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6)The Scared Penguin Baby
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7)The Fashionista Baby
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8)The Has-All-The-Ice-Cream Baby
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9) The Has-No-Ice-Cream Baby
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10) The Cheeks for Days Baby
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11) The Chun-Li Baby
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12)Baby In Red
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13) The Kitty Baby
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14) The Hipster-Glasses Baby
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15) The Schoolboy Baby
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16) The Adorably Hungry Baby

And last, but certainly not least

16) Yerin Park
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