Members of the Sacred Heart Ladies Guild, based at Sacred Heart Church at 12 Summer St. in Hallowell, plan to set up cribs at the church to collect items for a local pregnancy center which has helped thousands of women over the years.
Nativity scenes will be set up at the church on Sundays May 1 and 15, with parishioners and community members asked to drop off items for those served at the Open Arms Pregnancy Center in Augusta.
Items particularly needed are diapers (particularly sizes 3-5) and wipes, although bottles, socks, onesies, mobiles, baby monitors, books on Christian parenting and “What’s ‘wait’, and other baby products will be accepted, according to a news report. liberation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland.
Objects can be left in the nativity scenes of the church before, during or after the mass at 5 p.m. on May 1 and 15. of the Church of the Sacred Heart.
In recognition of May as the month of Mary, the Rosary will be recited at the start of the meeting, which will also include a baby shower for the item recipients.
Located at 99 Bangor St. in Augusta, Open Arms Pregnancy Center exists to offer encouragement and support to pregnant women and young families. All center services, including ultrasounds and prenatal care, are offered free of charge.
The center is open from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. For more information, call the center at 207-620-1600.
For more information about the Ladies Guild, call 207-622-9436.