Bottled Blessings campaign nets $27,000

Proceeds benefit Pee Dee Pregnancy Resource Center

Staff report

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ROCKINGHAM — The Pee Dee Pregnancy Resource Center’s annual baby bottle campaign netted the Christian-based nonprofit agency more than $27,000.

“Bottled Blessings” begins each year on “Sanctity of Life” Sunday in January and runs through the first Sunday in March. Every church in Richmond and Scotland counties for which the agency has an address or email receives a participation packet with information about the center, the campaign and how their church can play a role.

Submitted photo Pastor Mickey Briles and wife Deana, of Beverly Hills Baptist Church.

Submitted photo
Pastor Mickey Briles and wife Deana, of Beverly Hills Baptist Church.

This year, 23 churches “went above and beyond the call,” said Jatana McCormick, director of the Pee Dee Pregnancy Resource Center. “Each church distributed the baby bottles to their congregation and asked them to pray about what the Lord would have them return. They did just that. The bottles started pouring in and we received over $27,000.”

The churches with the three largest donations: Beverly Hills Baptist Church in Rockingham; Second Baptist Church in Hamlet; and Cartledge Creek Baptist Church in Rockingham.

McCormick noted the center is funded solely by donations.

“It is how the monthly bills get paid; diapers, infant formula, baby clothes, car seats, strollers, baby supplies, office supplies, educational programs, etc., are purchased,” McCormick said. “Our services are free and confidential to everyone.”

The center includes three rooms dedicated to providing clothing for a pregnant mother-to-be, post-pregnancy and the children as they grow out of size into the next. Items are “purchased” by using “baby bucks,” which are earned by completing classes and counseling sessions.

Submitted photo Pastor Chris Hawks, Jean Stricklin and Clara Strickland.

Submitted photo
Pastor Chris Hawks, Jean Stricklin and Clara Strickland.

The center serves unwed mothers, couples in financial crises and provides free pregnancy testing.

McCormick said the center operates on $3,000 a month and receives no public funding. Instead, contributions from churches and individuals support the mission and ministry.

Submitted photo Pastor Jason Lutz and Ferre Cummins.

Submitted photo
Pastor Jason Lutz and Ferre Cummins.

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