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Midlands Women’s Center holds annual fundraiser, silent auction

Posted: March 4, 2014 5:04 p.m.
Updated: March 5, 2014 5:00 a.m.


C-I (Camden, S.C.) Localife editor


The Midlands Women’s Center (MWC) recently held its annual fundraising banquet and silent auction at Lugoff First Baptist Church featuring speaker Holly Gattling of South Carolina Citizens for Life.

The banquet and auction enjoyed a greater turnout than expected, said MWC Executive Director Aleisa McKim. She said the event, which was very successful this year due to increased giving, acts as the center’s annual fundraiser and they used this year’s event as an opportunity to announce some important and exciting news.

"With the help of the Knights of Columbus, we will soon have an ultrasound machine in our office," McKim stated. "For the 16 years we’ve been in Camden, it has been our dream to go medical." McKim said she is thrilled that the dream will finally be realized.

McKim shard that the mission of the MWC is to "share the love of Jesus Christ with those in pregnancy-related situations." She said that she and her staff seek to "compassionately counsel" young women who become pregnant and experience difficulty finding a viable support system.

"We help them find people in their lives that can help them. We talk them through their fears," she said. The MWC offers such free services to include:

• pregnancy testing,

• consultation on most pregnancy options,

• compassionate care,

• abstinence program,

• material support,

• ongoing pregnancy support,

• parenting classes,

• aupport after abortion, and

• referrals for community services including health care, legal advice and adoption.

McKim also explained that as a Christian ministry, the MWC works to get clients involved in a local church. She said that being involved with a church provides expectant mothers another form of support and guidance.

"Sometimes it seems very hard for (young expectant mothers) to think of getting back into school or going back to work after they have a child," she said. "We help them look at online school options and help them develop a support network."

The MWC will need nurse and doctor volunteers to operated the ultrasound machine once it has been received. Interested volunteers and/or donors should contact McKim at 432-7000 or visit the website at The MWC is located at 510 Walnut St. in Camden.

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