HOPING FOR A CHANGE

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Allison Edwards, Staff Writer

Motherhood comes with complications that almost all mothers agree with. The Hope Center in Connersville Indiana held an event on September 17, 2021, from 11 am to 3 pm to attempt to relieve some of the mothers’ stress from these complications. They handed out free hot dogs, chips, and bottles of water. The main goal of this event was to try to “get supplies into the hands of those who need them,” states Jennifer Young, the Executive Director of the Hope Center. 

The Day of Hope helped distribute materials like diapers, baby wipes, baby formulas, blankets, clothes, bibs, and baby food into our community and surrounding counties to help the families in need. Young was hopeful that “expectant parents, as well as established parents, will come.” The Hope Center staff loves organizing these events and making a difference in the community. Young said, “We don’t know if fifty or 500 people will show up on Friday, but we will be here doing our part.” Young stated that she and her staff did their best “organizing a fun day to make these supplies available to everyone.”

Many people in the Fayette County community have donated money and clothing items to help out the Hope Center. The staff wanted to put these donations to good use and give them to the community, instead of them sitting on a shelf. The Hope Center’s purpose is to “provide physical, emotional, and spiritual support; empowering individuals and families to make life-affirming decisions” with free and confidential consultations according to Young. They provide resources like pregnancy tests, prenatal vitamins, diapers, parenting and life skill classes, and much more. The Hope Center has been in Fayette County for twenty-four years, and they wanted to give these items benefits to those in need. 

People traveling from other states have even stopped in to utilize these resources. Young wants the Fayette County community, and surrounding counties, to know that the Hope Center is open to anyone who needs these types of supplies. Donations are always welcome and appreciated by the community. You can donate by bringing in diapers, formulas, blankets, and baby clothes. They are not able to accept used car seats, high chairs, strollers, and pack n play.