Falmouth Church is holding a campaign for mums in need from June 30 to July 2

FALMOUTH — All who can are encouraged to donate new or lightly worn baby, child and teen clothing to moms and dads in need. Collection will take place at Holy Martyrs Church, located at 266 Foreside Road in Falmouth, from Thursday June 30 to Saturday July 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each day.

The initiative is part of the “Walking with Mothers in Need” program of the Parish of the Holy Eucharist, which is open to people of all faiths or without faith. The program offers women from all walks of life facing an unplanned pregnancy the opportunity to hear from and learn from people who have already walked the path they are on. The next open day is scheduled for the Holy Martyrs, also on Saturday July 2, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

“Participants can meet people who have faced the same decisions and situations they might face today, including a birth mother who experienced adoption, a woman who chose abortion, and a birth mother who chose to become a parent,” said Kim Palli of Holy Eucharist Parish. “For those who are unable to attend one of the monthly meetings in Falmouth or wish to speak with team members individually and confidentially, they can call 207-271-3133 anytime.”

Representatives of several local organizations that are committed to providing resources to women in need are also present at each meeting, including Adoption Solutions of Maine, which helps women who are pregnant or wishing to adopt and provides in-person assistance as well as confidential information. advice by telephone, SMS or e-mail; Mother Seton House, a Fryeburg-based organization that provides education, counseling and other support services to pregnant women and new mothers; and

ABBA, a free, medically certified pregnancy resource center in Portland that offers pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, and education that empowers women to make empowered choices for themselves and their future.

“We have discovered that there are so many varied needs and issues and have expanded our ‘toolbox’ and coaches into multiple areas such as career counselling, parenting courses, social workers and lawyers,” Palli said. “Everyone should know there is somewhere to go for help, and everyone in the community should know where to refer a pregnant woman in need.

To learn more about programs and initiatives in the Diocese of Portland and across the country that care for and promote healing for women and families in need, visit www.portlanddiocese.org/DobbsDecision.

Jerry B. Hatch