By Paige Nash
Following the announcement that Hope Medical Group for Women in Shreveport will be closing their doors at the abortion clinic in hopes to eventually relocate, the SEEDS Women’s Center in Minden is preparing for an influx of patients. An abrupt increase in patients means an abrupt demand for resources.
“We are growing, but to grow means more resources are needed to help our center be available for families in our community,” said Seeds Women’s Center Executive Director, Amber Bradford.
The center has already experienced a great surge in patients since this time last year, treating more than 160 patients since January and with 67 families currently participating in their parenting classes. Now on top of that they have received an uptick of women just over the past week who would normally travel to the Shreveport clinic, still needing resources and services.
To raise funds for the center, they will be hosting a Cornhole Tournament Fundraiser on from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday September 10 at First Baptist Church in Minden. The money raised will be used to help pay for general expenses needed to run Seeds, such as utilities and staffing. The funds will also enable the center to continue providing free ultrasounds, pregnancy tests and basic needs for a new or expecting mother, like baby wipes, baby wash, bottled water and diapers.
“We are hoping that everyone comes out to support Seeds Women’s Center,” Bradford said. “Cornhole is a great sport that anyone can play and it’s a great way to meet new people and at the same time support an amazing non-profit organization that is growing abundantly.”
Seeds Women’s Center is not run by grants. They rely solely on donations from individuals, organizations and churches to keep the doors open to these families in need.
If you are interested in registering a team for the tournament you can sign up online at http://www.scoreholio.com or register the day of the event at 9:30 a.m. It costs $50 per team with a chance to win cash prizes. If you are not interested in participating in the tournament, there will still be plenty to do, including a silent cake auction, door prizes and refreshments. Sponsorships are still available. If you have any questions, contact Amber at 318-639-0907 or email@example.com.
Seeds Women’s Center is also preparing for their upcoming banquet on at 6 p.m. Thursday, October 13 at Minden Civic Center.
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