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KCs donate to Mason City pregnancy center

2K will support its ultrasound program

By Jo Hafermann
Special to The Witness

MASON CITY — A generous $2,000 donation from the Mason City Council of the Knights of Columbus was given to the Caring Pregnancy Center in Mason City to help defray the cost of our ultrasound program. The Caring Pregnancy Center is a Christ-centered ministry committed to sharing the Gospel message and upholding the sanctity of human life by demonstrating the love of Christ to women and men facing an unplanned pregnancy by providing spiritual, physical and emotional support.

In early 2015, we added limited, non-diagnostic ultrasound to the services we offer. We were only able to add this to our ministry through the financial support of the Knights of Columbus, our generous donors, local churches and local grants. We receive no government funding. Through our ultrasound program, 95 percent of those who have received an ultrasound have chosen life for their unborn baby. The original cost for our ultrasound machine was completely covered by the Knights of Columbus.

Since this undertaking began, the amount raised for the CPC through all the local Knight chapters has been $37,218.50.

When adding any new programs, our costs go up considerably and the generosity of the Knights of Columbus has made a huge difference. The Caring Pregnancy Center also offers the Baby Bucks Program (an incentive program for our clients to earn free items for their babies/children), pregnancy tests, peer mentoring, classes on parenting, breastfeeding, a Bible Study and much more.

The Knights have been and continue to be such a blessing to our ministry and integral in allowing us to reach more women and families in northern Iowa. All services at the CPC are free and confidential.

Jo Hafermann is executive director of the Caring Pregnancy Center

The check was presented to Nancy Paltzer, director of client services, and Jo Hafermann, executive director, of the Caring Pregnancy Center by Bill Orozco, district five deputy (not pictured); Don Geraets; Randy Cink, grand knight; and Lionel Foster. (Contributed photo)