ALBANY, Ga. -- Helping babies never tasted so good.
Between now and April 30, volunteers from the city of Albany will be selling chocolate bars to generate money for the SOWEGA area March of Dimes.
The March of Dimes helps to improve the health of babies nationwide. Locally, proceeds generated have helped to fund a centering pregnancy program in Albany which provides prenatal education and health care for at-risk women.
"If you see city employees out volunteering their time to sell some chocolate, it's our way of trying to help raise money for the March of Dimes," Dee Carson, the city's March of Dimes chair.
City staffers have been out working at Sam's Club selling chocolates and have made them available at their desks at the government center.
Last year, the city raised $6,000 and was the project's third-highest fundraiser in the area, Carson said.
According to the March of Dimes website, premature births cost the United States more than $26 billion each year. The average medical costs for a baby born pre-term is more than 10 times as high as they are for a healthy, full-term baby.
To help combat that, the March of Dimes spends 75.4 percent of the money raised in the March for Babies each year on research and programs that promote healthy babies, according to their website.
The March of Dimes is one of two major fundraisers city staff members take on during the year. The other benefits United Way of Southwest Georgia.
"This is something that the employees really get behind because it's such a good cause," Carson said.