This year parishioners of St. Elizabeth in Elizabethton donated $4,000, an all-time high, to the Baby Bottle program that benefits Abortion Alternatives and Women’s Center/TLC in Elizabethton.
That amount brings the total to more than $22,000 for the nine years that St. Elizabeth has participated in the program.
Baby bottles were distributed on Mother’s Day and returned on Father’s Day, filled with cash, coins and checks.
Angie Odom, founder and director of the Abortion Alternatives and Women’s Center, recalls that while buying diapers and baby wipes on the organization’s budget recently, a couple in front of her at the check-out line left a check for $150 with the cashier for Ms. Odom to use toward her diaper purchases. That couple turned out to be from St. Elizabeth, just one example of the generosity of parishioners to the program.
The Abortion Alternatives and Women’s Center provides crisis pregnancy and parenting services (including the “purchase” of usable items at the “Mommy Mart” with “Mommy Money” or “Daddy Dollars” earned by clients who meet the center’s requirements), a mobile van summer food program for children (serving about 73,000 total meals in 2014 — three meals per day for an average of 425 children), and possibly a holiday meal for their clients and their families.
The center, which does not receive any state or federal funding, is supported through monetary donations from individuals, groups, and churches like St. Elizabeth. ■