Since 2007, the parishioners of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church have participated in the Baby Bottle Campaign.
Each Lent, baby bottles are available to all the families who wish to take one, and they are asked to fill them with monetary donations during the Lenten season which will be used for the benefit of local women and children in crisis. Church members return their bottles during the Easter weekend. Donations are then tallied and a check given to the Abortion Alternatives and Women’s Center, 145 Judge Don Lewis Blvd., Elizabethton.
Including this year’s contribution of $2,350, St. Elizabeth parishioners’ donations over a span of six years have totaled more than $13,000 for the Center to use for its local clients in need.
The Women’s Center has several programs in action. For instance, the center has been providing a summer lunch program from a mobile van for local kids in need of nutritious lunches when schools are not in session.
“Mommy Dollars,” earned by the mothers for attendance at the Center, continue to be used by them for the purchase of both new and gently-used women’s and babies’ clothing, baby oil, bassinets, blankets, car seats and diapers.
Since the Center moved into its new location just off Highway 91 across the road from the National Guard Armory, plans have been made to have other charitable organizations locate themselves in the neighboring suites at this building in the near future.
One such organization, Food for the Multitude, was formerly located at St. Thomas Episcopal Church. This group was operated by volunteers from several Elizabethton churches to provide food and fellowship on Saturdays for those in need.
Recent donations to the Women’s Center have included 4,000 square feet of cement put down in order to facilitate these other organizations moving into attached suites as well, and lettering for these groups has been placed on the appropriate doors at the front of the building.
Naturally, volunteers, monetary contributions, diapers (which are depleted rapidly) and food donations are always welcome.
For more information on any of these programs, or if you would like to volunteer to assist any of these worthwhile organizations, call 543-4673.
St. Elizabeth Catholic Church is located on West C Street, Elizabethton. The pastor is Father Dennis Kress. For more information on the church, call 543-3412.