More expecting mothers are seeking help

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Directors at the Appalachian Pregnancy Care Center say more expecting mothers are seeking help.

The non-profit center needs donations to keep up with the demand.

Melanie Childers is one of the clients. Three years ago she was pregnant and sought help at the Appalachian Pregnancy Care Center in Pikeville.

"You're just kind of low, and I finally came here, and they were like, 'hey, you can do this,'" said Childers.

They gave her counseling and needed baby items.

Now more and more teens and women with an unplanned pregnancy are visiting the center.

"We sometimes average two to three new clients per week," said Executive Director Kay Hammond.

The non-profit center relies on donations to help the hundreds of women from seven counties.

"These women are so thankful. I want to share a story of one of our first clients. She said no one has celebrated my pregnancy or this baby, and I thought, how good that we could be a part of celebrating this life when no one else was," said Hammond.

More women needing assistance means the center needs more baby items.

They are asking the community for help.

All of the donated money and items go straight to helping the mothers and babies.

"I have witnessed these girls just cry so hard and say why did I do this? Now these women have got the opportunity to come here and these people make a massive difference in their lives," said Pike County Constable Roger Ford, who also donates money to the center.

"We're changing lives and we're saving lives. We want to make sure that these children that are born, these babies have the childhood that god intended for them to have," said Hammond.

"They've really impacted me. They've encouraged me to keep going to school and get me a career going. They're amazing people," said Childers.

The directors believe helping the mothers now will lead to a better future for the child.

The center provides counseling to mothers and baby items until the baby turns one year old.

The Appalachian Pregnancy Care Center phone number is 606-433-0700.

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