The Shared Pregnancy Women’s Center (Shared Pregnancy) was created in 1982 to help women in unexpected and challenging pregnancies, as well as provide families with young children emotional and material support, including parenting education.
Support for Shared Pregnancy comes in large part through the generosity of local churches, as the women’s center does not accept government funding. Shared Pregnancy reports receiving truckloads of material donations from churches over the past holiday season: clothing, dressers, cribs, pack and plays, car seats and more.
In addition to material items, an annual Baby Bottle Boomerang fundraiser is held with empty baby bottles distributed throughout church congregations. Members take the bottles home and fill them with loose coins, dollars and checks. Other fundraising efforts for Shared Pregnancy include a local hairstylist giving clients a fresh haircut for donations in return. Several volunteers also helped package and provide local families with a 2017 Thanksgiving dinner.
Money raised through drives allows Shared Pregnancy to continue their services, including 457 ultrasounds to abortion-vulnerable women in 2017 — the largest number yet.
“We are so thankful for churches who support life, Shared Pregnancy and allow us to continue to give hope and help to mothers in unexpected pregnancies and families with young children,” a center spokesperson said.
Upcoming efforts include the Annual Lifesavers Celebration and Fundraiser on April 26 at the Grand Ledge Opera House, as well as an annual 4-person Golf Scramble at College Fields Golf Club on Sept. 15. For more information, visit sharedpregnancy.org.