The day, also known as Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, invites churches to participate in the fundraiser by distributing baby bottles provided by Richland Pregnancy Services for churchgoers to collect money. Over 40 churches in the Richland County area have participated in the event in years past.
“We have the best community,” said Amanda Clark, executive director of Richland County Services. “They always show up no matter the circumstances. We had our most successful fundraising event in November. They are so giving.”
In the past, this fundraiser has helped raise over $30,000 and is the main way for the organization to continue its services. Those services include pregnancy testing, pregnancy verification, limited OB ultrasound scans, prenatal vitamins, and STD and STI testing.
Richland Pregnancy Services also provides baby supplies in their boutique, a dad-to-dad mentoring program, a mom-to-mom mentoring program and parenting education classes led by professionals in their field. They also give away brand-new cribs and crib mattresses for graduates.
For churches that participate, Richland Pregnancy Services will provide a client testimony video, a flash drive with a PowerPoint slide and additional Richland Pregnancy Services information to share and baby bottles to be used for the Change for Life Campaign coin collection.
“Anyone that would feel led, if they would want to grab a baby bottle on their way out, they can just grab one. Usually they're sitting over by the welcome desk, and you can grab one on your way out,” Clark said.
Last year, due to the pandemic and most churches going virtual, the organization did not meet their usual goal. This year, Clark hopes to get back to reaching their $30,000 goal with most churches going back to in-person.
Participants can also choose to get involved at any time of the year convenient to their church, such as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or Respect for Life month in October. Change for Life runs for six weeks from the launch date chosen.
For more information or to request bottles for a church, call 419-522-8863 ext. 203.
“The ministry is growing,” Clark said. “We'll have a maternity home next year open, and it's humbling how generous this community is to the ministry. I'm excited to see the continuing outpouring of support from the community so that we can do more and do better for our clients.”