August 21, 2019
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Knights of Columbus Ultrasound Initiative Garnering Support in Kennebunk, Wells, Biddeford, Sanford and Springvale

Community Author: Dave Guthro, Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland
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KENNEBUNK—Knights of Columbus councils in Kennebunk, Wells, Biddeford, Sanford, and Springvale are teaming up to offer compassion and kindness to clients at the Alpha Pregnancy Resource Center in Sanford.

Starting at Masses on Mother’s Day Weekend (May 12-13), knights will distribute empty baby bottles to parishioners who wish to help the cause. Individuals and families will then fill the bottles with change, checks, or paper money, and return them to their church.

“Our goal is to raise $20,000 to purchase an ultrasound machine for the center,” said Bob Marlowe, a member of the Knights of Columbus in Kennebunk. “At that point, the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council will match the total raised with money from the Culture of Life Fund that all knights contribute to with dues each year. That will get us to the $40,000 sum needed.”

The ultrasound machine will be donated to Alpha to provide for the health of mothers and their unborn children.

“We know from experience that a woman who sees an ultrasound image of her child is highly likely to keep her baby,” said Knights of Columbus Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. “A nurse practitioner told me that the first woman to use a new machine purchased in Texas said her mind was already made up in favor of abortion. But then, as she watched the ultrasound, her baby turned and seemed to wave to her. She looked up at the nurse and said, ‘I’m going to keep my baby.’”

Since 2009, the Ultrasound Initiative has allowed the Knights of Columbus to purchase over 900 ultrasound machines at a cost of approximately $44 million. The machines have been placed in pro-life pregnancy care centers in all 50 states and Canada, including several centers in Maine like First Step Pregnancy Resource Center in Bangor, ABBA in Portland, and Hope House in Lewiston.

For 25 years, Alpha in Sanford has offered a safe and confidential haven to those facing an unplanned pregnancy. The center is committed to serving all clients in a caring manner regardless of age, race, income, religion, nationality, or disability.

If you wish to donate to the ultrasound initiative benefiting Alpha, you can also drop off checks (made out to the Knights of Columbus) at Holy Spirit Parish’s office on 236 Eldridge Road in Wells, Good Shepherd Parish’s office on 271 Main Street in Saco, or St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish’s office on 66 North Avenue in Sanford. For more information about the initiative, call (207) 324-2420.