Life Options, located in Grandview and Sunnyside, has been busy this past month.
Fundraising efforts through the pregnancy center's annual bottle drive have been ongoing and bottles will be collected at churches throughout the Lower Valley this coming Sunday, according to Director Jan McDonald.
She said the bottle drive, traditionally held in May, was moved to the month of January and lasts through Valentine's Day because the center has added the Walk for Life at the end of April to its fundraising efforts. This year's walk will take place April 24.
McDonald said the change works well for Life Options because "...January is always a month of financial struggle."
She said this year's theme for the bottle drive is "Your Change Will Make a Change."
Individuals and community members can support the pregnancy centers in Grandview and Sunnyside through their contributions by filling a baby bottle with money and turning it in to the church of their choice. Or, said McDonald, donations will be accepted at either center.
The Grandview office is open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Sunnyside's office is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
McDonald said the support of the community is instrumental in helping individuals through the center's programs. More than $7,000 is generated annually through the bottle drive, but "...volunteers make those dollars stretch."
One service provided through the support of Lower Valley residents is that of first-term ultrasounds. Life Options will be training nurses throughout the area to administer ultrasounds. The training will begin Tuesday, Feb. 16, and continues through Wednesday, Feb. 24.
Because there are certain criteria for nurses to receive the training, McDonald advises those interested in receiving the training, provided by a professional specializing in ultrasounds, to contact her at 882-1899.
Community members who are five to 18 weeks pregnant can lend a helping hand in the effort to train the nurses, as well.
McDonald said those wanting to assist in the learning process can call Life Options and set up an appointment.
"This will be an opportunity for them to see their babies, sometimes for the first time, as a result of their support," McDonald shared.