For the fifth year in a row, the Knights of Columbus, a fraternal organization of Catholic men, delivered laundry baskets filled to the brim with pie, green beans, dinner rolls, frozen turkeys and pans, to the 75 families in the Colorado Springs Pregnancy Center’s LifeSteps Program.

The program provides education, support, and practical assistance for parents and future parents, from the time of pregnancy, until their child turns 2. The turkey baskets are just one way the program aims to help families prosper….

“We got 90 percent of what we needed for him through them,” said Valerie Vance, who held her 8-month-old son, Ayden, on her hip. “When I found out I was pregnant, it was not a good situation…. We didn’t have anything,” she said. Without the help of the program, Vance said she would “probably still be in tears….”

While the center primarily reaches out to teen and first-time mothers, the LifeSteps program has expanded to help mothers of all ages. Fathers-to-be are also encouraged come, even if they’re not involved with the mother.

Valerie Pond came to the program when she was 4 months pregnant. She’d heard that it provided maternity clothes.

“In addition to finding out I was pregnant, I had lost my job,” said Pond as she picked up a basket with her son, 16-month old Malachi.

Pond said the turkey baskets are just another amazing thing the program has provided.

~ Lisa Walton, The Gazette, November 17