Last week a beautiful quilt was given to Renay Chapman of Ulster.

Renay won the quilt in a raffle sponsored by a local group of ladies called the Friendship Quilters. The group crafted the quilt and sold raffle tickets - all to benefit the Endless Mountains Pregnancy Care Center. Besides giving away the quilt, they presented the Center with a check for $375.

The Friendship Quilters

Ladies who all share a love of quilting meet the fourth Friday of each month at the Weigh Station Cafe in Towanda. Member Janice McConnell explains they gather for show and tell, to exchange patterns and ideas and offer encouragement. They often make quilts in a "round robin" fashion where everyone does a little part. The most recent donation to the Pregnancy Care Center was one of many community service projects. The quilters have donated quilts to organizations such as the Skilled Nursing Unit in Towanda, Beacon Light and Quilts for Kids.

The Endless Mountains Pregnancy Care Center

The EMPCC is a non-profit Christ-centered ministry. As stated in it's mission statement:

The center was formed to provide free and confidential support - emotional, spiritual and physical - to anyone involved in pregnancy - including the mommies-to-be, daddies, grandparents, other family members, etc. These services include pregnancy tests, education, physical and emotional support, life saving solutions to mothers and their pre-born babies - while always giving witness to the love of Jesus Christ.

Shellie Gerould, director of the center, sums it up best with "We care about life. We meet people where they are, just as Christ meets us."

Just walking into the Towanda center there's a feeling of warmth and acceptance. Shellie gives a tour, explaining as she goes. Their service is free and there are no income regulations. They offer free pregnancy tests too. One comfortable room is used for counseling. They help women with their decisions, offering abortion alternatives. There are no fear tactics; they talk through the options. However, if that is the path a woman chooses, the support doesn't end, they offer post-abortion counseling as well.

There's a kitchenette and across from that, a large room meticulously organized with baby supplies and clothes - lots of pink and blue and up to size 2T. There are car seats, pack-and-plays and blankets too, all knitted or crocheted by area folks and donated to the center. The clothes and blankets are given away free. Care to help out? They always need donations, especially diapers sizes 3 to 5!

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