This past weekend St. Edward collected donations of new or slightly used baby items for two local prolife crisis pregnancy centers: SouthWest Options for Women and Birthright of Minneapolis. Both of these centers are non-profit charitable organizations and are supported by volunteers and donations.

At these centers, pregnant women receive love, hope, encouragement, friendship and emotional support. They also receive referrals to medical care, nutrition (WIC), food shelves, child care, temporary and permanent housing assistance, rental assistance, adoption services, parenting education, employment assistance, and life coaching. In addition, the centers directly distribute free pregnancy tests, maternity clothing, infant and toddler clothing, diapers, formula, blankets, and infant supplies.

Thank you to all of the generous people who donated items and money for the Mother’s Day baby drive and fundraiser. There were so many useful and beautiful donations, and we had much fun sorting through them. Among the many items were warm handmade quilts, lovely bedding sets, beautiful hand-knit blankets, sweaters, bibs, and hats, as well as items necessary for caring for babies and absolutely adorable clothes. In addition, cash and check donations totaled almost $1,470.00.

All of the donations and funds will be divided equally between Birthright of Minneapolis and South West Options for Women where they will be distributed to the women, children, and families with whom they work.

A special thank you to Corrine and Ed Kaminski, Pat Kelliher, Anne Melby, Barb Smyth and Laurie Wormuth for sorting all of the donations.

Again, thank you so much for supporting these worthwhile prolife charities that help young mothers who find themselves with an unplanned pregnancy. With the love, prayers, and support of the whole community they are able to care for this unexpected gift of life.