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Laps4Life Event Will Benefit Crisis Pregnancy Center
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Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

Crisis Pregnancy Center began its service to the community in 2001. Until January of last year, they operated out of a building on Clark Creek Road.

In the Fall of 2015, Dr. John Chang, who retired from his ob/gyn practice offered to donate the entire contents of his building (exam beds, office furniture, office equipment valued over $48,000) if CPC purchased the building for $300,000—$70,000 below tax value.

CPC made the purchase on December 21, 2015. To date, the remaining balance needed to be able to pay the debt in full is approximately $61,000.

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A Laps4Life fundraising event has been scheduled for this Saturday (Oct. 14th) 9 AM - 1 PM at Covenant Church, 2168 Gastonia Highway in Lincolnton.

At about the same time they were acquiring the new location, CPC was able to purchase from another center a two-year old ultrasound machine that was still under a service contract and had an original invoice price of $45,450 for $10,000.

"Moving into the new building was a necessary step toward becoming medical; the building we were operating in was not coded to allow us to expand our services to include limited obstetrical ultrasound, Executive Director Paula McSwain told us. "We opened our doors at the current facility just off Country Club Road in January 2016. In July, we acquired our medical director, Dr. Howard Hall, an ob/gyn from Morganton. In October, we hired our nurse manager, Linda Goode, RN. Both Linda and Donna Coombs, RN were trained in limited obstetrical ultrasound in November and, in addition to the required 50 practice scans, have performed 24 scans so far this year (2017).

"The proceeds from this walk will go toward the remaining debt. It is our hope to pay this debt in full as soon as possible so we can more fully concentrate on the women and babies God has called us to serve."

McSwain said the move has substantially increased the number of clients served: from 87 first time clients, 477 total client visits and 46 pregnancy tests in 2015 to 129 first time clients, 462 total client visits and 73 pregnancy tests in 2016. So far this year CPC has had 122 first time clients, 481 total client visits, and 111 pregnancy tests.

CPC's mission is more than just offering an alternative to abortions. McSwain told us "Since opening at this facility we have given 11,541 diapers; 591 packs of wipes; 561 cans of formula; 840 bath products; 3,867 outfits of clothing (including maternity clothes), and 245 pairs of infant/children's shoes. This represents 1,141 children helped in just 21 months. Those participating in our parenting education program called HandUp have earned a total of 109 cribs, crib mattresses, pack-n-plays, bassinettes, highchairs, swings, strollers, changing tables, bouncy seats, exersaucers, and bathtubs. All the services we provide are free to our clients, but they do have to earn the furniture items through a points system. In addition to this, we also provide sexual risk avoidance education and post-abortive counseling to those living with regret."

Crisis Pregnancy Center is located at 112 Doctors Park and is open Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays 9 - 5 for client visits and donations of new or gently used baby items. Monetary donations are also accepted at this address. Appointments are appreciated; walk-ins are welcome. Their phone number is 704-732-3384. You can find them on Facebook at Crisis Pregnancy Center of Lincoln County or on the web at

McSwain said she is hoping Saturday's event will make a big impact on paying off what is still owed: "I am not a numbers person, I'm a people person. But those numbers represent individual people--it means we are able to help more women and babies, and in the words of my Lord, 'When you've done it unto the least of these, my brethren, you've done it unto Me' [Matthew 25:40].

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