Northwest Indiana Church's Baby Bottle Ministry Campaign Will Benefit Children
CROWN POINT, Indiana - Sandy Lewis, second from right, a member of Holy Name Catholic Church in Cedar Lake, recently presented a check for $2,100 to Jamie Donsbach, center-right, manager of the prenatal assistance program at Franciscan Health St. Clare Health Clinic Crown Point.
Lewis said the money was raised during the parish's annual Baby Bottle Ministry campaign, which takes place in October during Respect Life Month. She added the donation was made in appreciation of the program's pro-life support.
More than 44,000 coins were donated, not including paper currency and checks. Donsbach thanked Lewis and called the gesture a blessing, adding the funds will be used to purchase diapers and other baby supplies.
Also shown, from left, are Rick Peltier, executive director of the Franciscan Health Foundation; Hillary Ray, patient service representative; Christine Geslakowski, patient care coordinator; and Wendy Bergstrom, a registered nurse. Not shown are church members Katie Karr and Louise Conway, who also were instrumental in the program.
The St. Clare Health Clinic, located at 1121 South Indiana Avenue, is under the auspices of Franciscan Health Crown Point hospital. The clinic provides free primary healthcare for area residents who fall within established income guidelines, are uninsured and are not eligible for government assistance. The clinic is sustained through philanthropic support.