Friday, August 19, 2011

Friends for Life Medical Announces Fund Raiser at Searcy Lions Club

The local crisis pregnancy center, Friends for Life (FFL) Medical, will be holding their annual fund raiser on September 29. Kim Richards, Executive Director, made the announcement at the weekly meeting of the Searcy Lions Club.

Richards reported that FFL Medical has experienced a 30 percent growth rate each year for the past several years, and now serves over 1,000 young women annually. Most clients fall into the 20-24 age group, but women as young as 12 and as old as in their fifties have received services and counseling from FFL Medical.

“Our newest program is called ‘Earn as You Learn,’” reported Richards. “By taking parenting classes, prospective mothers can earn ‘Baby Bucks’ that can be applied toward the purchase of items that we keep stocked in our care closet.”

Lion Cheri Yecke, sponsor of the Harding University Students for Life group, noted that diapers, formula, and other such donations are always welcome. “Members of our group help to ensure that the care closet stays well-stocked. With school starting next week, this prolife group will once again become active on campus.”

Nearly 20 volunteers help to staff the Searcy clinic, which is open three days a week. A new clinic in Heber was opened recently, and is served by 30 volunteers.

The annual fundraising banquet will be held on September 29 at Harding University’s Heritage Center. For more information or to make reservations, please call 305-4500.

(Photo: Lion Bob Simpson, Kim Richards, Director of FFL Medical, and Lion Cheri Pierson Yecke, sponsor of Harding University Students for Life.)

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