Community members donated $6,300 in December to provide 126 local pregnant women with baby baskets, thanks to the Sacramento Life Center’s Baby Basket Drive. The baskets are filled with needed items including formula, diapers, newborn clothes, pacifiers and more, and are given to every Sacramento Life Center patient after her baby is born.
Last year’s drive raised $4,800 to provide 96 local pregnant women with baby baskets. The Sacramento Life Center expects to need 500 baby baskets for new moms in 2016 and accepts monetary donations and new items year-round. For more information, visit www.saclife.org.
“When pregnant patients come into the Sacramento Life Center, they’re looking for a resource – but we give them an entire support system,” said Marie Leatherby, executive director. “These baby baskets encourage women and teen girls and their partners that they’re capable of caring for a child. When a young woman is pregnant and not sure she can afford diapers, it gives her a boost of hope to receive diapers along with other needed items like clothes, pacifiers and more. This community has now given 126 women hope in 2016, and it’s only January.”
The Sacramento Life Center’s mission is to offer compassion, support, resources and free medical care to women and couples facing an unplanned or unsupported pregnancy. The Sacramento Life Center’s licensed Sac Valley Pregnancy Clinic includes a primary clinic and two Mobile Medical Clinics that provide all services for free, including pregnancy tests, STD tests, ultrasounds, peer counseling for men and women, education and resource referrals. The nonprofit also offers a school-based teen education program, a 24-hour hotline and a program for women seeking support after having an abortion. For more information about the Sacramento Life Center’s Sac Valley Pregnancy Clinic, visit www.svpclinic.com. For more information about the Sacramento Life Center or to make a donation, visit www.saclife.org.