Annual Baby Shower

 

 

 

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Annual Baby Shower

02/15/2021


Council: 10019 - LEWISTON

Project Description:

Holy Family Council sponsoring our Twelfth Annual Baby Shower this year. At two weekend Masses of January 23/24th and January 30/31st, baby supplies and money donations were collected at church. Our council was successful again this year, because of our very generous parishioners. The items were given to Hope House of Lewiston, a local non-profit organization providing neighborhood support to families, especially to unwed mothers and their children. They provide counseling to prevent abortions by carrying their babies to full term. Their help support women in crisis situations by giving clothing, diapers, wipes, blankets, bath supplies and other baby items. They also provide cooked meals, which feed many families in need.
The volunteers at Hope House are very thankful and appreciative of the gifts we bring them. The money will be used to buy other supplies such as utilities and groceries for their pantry. This year we were able to present Hope House founders Bruce & Jan Willison, with over $1,000.00 worth of baby items and cash totaling $1,447.00. Our members present were happily surprised to be read a letter that the Willison’s had just received.
( The attached picture is of Bruce & Jan Willison reading this following letter from Emily. )
Dear Knights of Columbus Friends,
Your faithful help over the years has been so encouraging to us at Hope House. It has enabled countless mothers to choose life, and to provide for their little ones. The ultra-sound machine you purchased, continues to be a powerful tool in our clinic. And the baby items you continue to donate are an invaluable help to the mothers we serve.
Attached is a letter we received February 13, 2021, along with $50, from one such mom. We wanted you to read her story, as we know it will touch your heart.
Thank you again for enabling us to reach out to Emily, and so many like her. God Bless all our Knight of Columbus Friends!
With Gratitude,
Bruce & Jan Willison
Hope House

Hi, my name is Emily. I would like to make this donation in my name as a huge thank you for all you do. We need more facilities like yourselves that help families in need.
I came to your facility 3 years ago while I was pregnant with my first child. I am a recovering opiate addict who was at the time, 2 years sober. I had recently found steady employment but was waiting to get hired on full time. I did not have health insurance and my pregnancy was unplanned. I knew that I needed to see a doctor, but I really could not afford to. When I found out about the services you offer, I was so relieved. Your staff was truly kind to me and gave me many helpful resources that were much needed at the time. I was able to receive a free ultrasound and find out the sex of my child while under your care.
My son is now almost 3 years old. My life has changed a lot. I have a stable home, a solid support system, a great job, and health insurance that covers most of my medical expenses. During my years of active addiction, I could only dream about the life I now live. I am incredibly grateful. I still often think back to when I found out I was pregnant. The fear I felt knowing that I was without the means to get proper medical care for myself and my child… Thank you for providing these services to me when I needed it the most.
Much love,
A Grateful Mother




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