Leader Blues

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

NEIGHBORS >> Walk for life

By Melissa Tucker
Leader staff writer

Groups raise money for pregnant women.

A Walk for Life event to raise money for A Woman’s Place Pregnancy Resource Center, located in Cabot and Beebe on Saturday morning.

Chairman of the center’s board of directors Chris Mann, said the organization is fully self-supported on donations from the community, churches and businesses as well as its yearly fund-raisers. Mann said the center will know how much Saturday’s walks raised by the end of the week.

The Walk for Life is just one of the three fund-raisers held by the resource center.

The other two are an annual banquet held in the fall and a “Baby Bottle Drive” throughout the summer. During the bottle drive, the center sends out baby bottles to area churches and has members of the congregation fill them up with spare change and then turn them in.

Mann said they take the bottles and change to First Security Bank where volunteers roll and count the money for the center.
Mann said the pregnancy resource center has a ultrasound machine, parenting classes and offers counseling to pregnant women. The center also has a satellite location in Beebe.

“It’s an awesome center with an awesome group of people,” Mann said.

He said many of the volunteers aren’t paid, and “we just have a heart for that ministry.”

For more information, call executive director Vikki Parker at 941-5533.