April 25, 2013

Walking for Life Center hosts annual fundraiser

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Blue shirts, gray shirts, white shirts.

The color didn’t matter, but those wearing the shirt did.

With sunny skies with few clouds and a scenic landscape along a walking trail, the Laurel County Life Center hosted its annual “Walk for Life” event at Saint Joseph London on Saturday.

Jennie Baker, director of the Life Center, greeted the participants and thanked them for their willingness to help raise money for the local center.

“The Walk for Life is for fundraising and awareness for our pregnancy help center,” Baker said. “But we offer many other programs.”

Some of those include Bible Study for people who have had abortions and need to find peace from the guilt and shame.

“Surrendering the Secret” is an eight-week program that builds on God’s forgiveness. It helps you deal with the grief, anger, and the releasing and sharing with others,” Baker said. “It offers hope and healing.”

While unplanned pregnancies are just part of the services the Life Center offers, that service is the most commonly known and recognized.

“We provide support, free pregnancy tests, and peer counseling,” Baker added. “We counsel through the Bible, offer parenting classes, and materials for those enrolled in our programs.”

While Baker emphasized the pregnancy services offered at the Life Center, she also advocates their abstinence programs.

“That is one of our biggest services to the community,” she said. “We want to get the word out about what the Bible says.

Baker said that the local center assists around 250 clients each year through community events. The money raised from the Walk for Life is used to continue existing programs as a means to help the people in the community.

To learn more about the Laurel County Life Center and what you can do to help, contact them at (606) 877-1717.