October 5, 2014 – Little Flower Citywide Pro-Life Committee’s 2014 Annual Alpha Center Baby Shower and Fundraiser
Today the Little Flower Citywide Pro-Life Committee hosted its annual Alpha Center Baby Shower and Fundraiser. Alpha Center, Inc., a pregnancy resource center, has been helping mothers and babies for over four decades. They have served thousands of women, providing understanding and loving counseling during what may be a very difficult time. Their trained counselors listen to clients’ concerns in strict confidence and the provide non-judgemental care. Alpha Center’s services are available to anyone, married or single, regardless of age, race, religion or income. Alpha Center’s counselors can help connect clients to appropriate agencies for medical care, legal assistance, financial aid and adoption information. They will stay in touch with clients even after their child’s birth, through their follow-up program. Here are a few Alpha Center Statistics from 2013 New Cases – 394 Closed Cases – 423 Contacts with clients – 1609 Maternity clothes – 523 Diapers – 921 dozen (11,052) Formula – 261 “Mom & Me” Sessions – 451 Pamphlets – 170 Vitamins – 28 packages Layettes – 92 Clothing – 3,843 Toddler Items – 622 Baby Furniture – 323 Pregnancy tests: 25 Positive, 11 negative Toys and Children’s Books – 437 Average Age of Clients – 22 years All services are FREE to the client. No charge.
The Little Flower Citywide Pro-Life Committee is pleased to support the Alpha Center’s efforts through events such as this baby shower, as well as the “baby bottle drive” fundraiser. I would like to personally thank all of the donors and volunteers who have helped to make this baby shower/fundraiser possible. Because of you, the committee will donate over 1,000 diapers, hundreds of baby clothing items, baby bouncy seats, 22 layette baskets, 5 playpens, (4 with a changing station and bassinet attachments, a car seat, a cash donation, as well as many children’s toy items. I would like to thank the Knights of Columbus Council 13389 for their generous cash donation as well. Many thanks for the volunteers from the American Heritage Girls Troop FL 7145 for your assistance in making this event a success. Thank you to the members of the Little Flower Citywide Pro-Life Committee for your hard work pulling everything together. I’m proud to be a part of such an amazing team. Also I want to give a very special thanks to our very loving and very wise shepherd, Fr. Eugene Casserly. His support and assistance has made the Little Flower Citywide Pro-Life Committee’s mission possible. Over the decades I’ve known him, he has always preached about the sanctity and preciousness of life in all stages. Thank you for speaking the truth. In addition, I would like to thank our wonderful Bishop Gregory Parkes who has been such a blessing and really supported the pro-life movement in our diocese – supporting events like 40 Days for Life, the Rite of the Blessing of a Child in the Womb, pro-life rosary and prayer vigils, Respect Life Sunday and the annual Roe v. Wade Mass for Life.
Chairman, Little Flower Citywide Pro-Life Committee