Helping pregnant women

Written by Bill Schlichting, Pilot staff writer August 21, 2012 10:15 pm

Walk for Life participants march off the stage to begin their benefit walk around Azalea Park. Photo courtesy Brookings Pregnancy Care Center
Walk for Life participants march off the stage to begin their benefit walk around Azalea Park. Photo courtesy Brookings Pregnancy Care Center
Blues skies were out for the annual Pregnancy Care Center’s Walk for Life at a decorated Azalea Park Aug. 11.

“The bling for this event came from the volunteers pushing up their sleeves and providing their individual talents,” said Karen Kirkendall, Pregnancy Care Center development director.

Patty the Rainbow Clown made balloon animals and brought smiles to both children and adults, Kirkendall said. Her balloon hats became a fashion statement for those who attended. A headcount of how many people attended was not taken. Pregnancy Care Center officials did not wish to divulge how much money the event raised.

The band, The Heartbeat of Jesus, played both before and after the walk. The Church of the Nazarene’s pastor, Rick Green, gave the opening prayer.  Pastor Jerome Nikunen, from Trinity Lutheran, gave the ending prayer. Many others helped with refreshments, face painting, balloons and the prize table, Kirkendall said.

“You might ask why so many people get involved with the Pregnancy Care Center,” Kirkendall said. “We see young women and their unborn children as valuable. We see each person and their situation as important. An unplanned pregnancy can create stress, worry and uncertainty.”

The Pregnancy Care Center offers pregnancy tests, pregnancy verification, prenatal education, parenting education, emotional support, community referrals and material assistance.  All of its services are free to the community.

The center is open Tuesdays from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., and Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It is located at 344 Pacific Ave.     

The Pregnancy Care Center is a nonprofit organization that relies on donations from businesses, churches and individuals.  

Anyone interested in becoming a monthly donor or financially supporting the center in some other way may contact Patty DeMartin at 541-469-1846.