MOUNT VERNON — Care Net Pregnancy Services of Knox County held its 20th Annual Walk For Life on Sept. 22. With an outpouring of community support, over 200 walkers participated in the 2.3 mile walk, with pledges and donations to date of $42,217.51, surpassing the $42,000 goal.
These funds have been donated and pledged through the walk to assist in meeting the needs of Care Net’s clients. The family-friendly walk included babies in strollers, brothers and sisters, great grandparents, llamas, clowns, and water and snack stations en route.
When asked how she became involved in the Walk For Life, Vanessa Schubert, 10, a fifth-grade student at Pleasant Street Elementary School, responded, “One of the ladies at my church works at Care Net and others volunteer. Sue, one of the volunteers, brought the baby models to our church and I thought they were neat. I thought participating in the Walk For Life would be really fun, and it was. I especially liked walking with my mom. I asked people I know if they would sponsor me and they did!”
“Vanessa is quite an inspiration to all of us,” said Diane Henwood, development director. “She is really interested in helping Care Net in our ministry, and raised over $500 in donations and pledges toward those efforts.”
Care Net is one of 1,100 such pregnancy centers throughout the United States. Celebrating their 24th year of operation, first as Knox Pregnancy Services, then as Care Net Pregnancy Services of Knox County since 2000, the staff and trained volunteers assist in meeting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of women and men facing unplanned pregnancies. Care Net Pregnancy Services of Knox County is a Christ centered, life-affirming non-profit organization and functions entirely through the donations of churches, businesses and individuals who share its concerns.
For detailed information regarding the free and confidential services provided, contact Care Net at 740-393-0370 or www.CareNetCommunity.org.