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Shop local, Give local

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This Christmas season has brought upon Durant a heightened sense of community with the renewed energy to support local businesses, especially during this season of giving. At a time when shoppers and givers have access to so many world-wide options through the internet, it is easy to overlook the value of connectedness and other far-reaching benefits of engaging locally, including the non-profit organizations we choose to support.

In the spirit of the local emphasis this Christmas, it seems fitting to highlight worthy local charities who are making a positive, lasting impact on the lives of our neighbors here locally. The Pregnancy Center of Bryan County is one example of non-profits who has brought value to our community since its inception in 2001. A passionate group of Durant citizens recognized the need for pregnant women to have a place for safe, free, and confidential support, so they worked hard to establish the foundational beginning of The Pregnancy Center of Bryan County. From there, the supportive and generous community of donors took over the financial funding of the ministry, allowing the staff to serve the men and women of Durant for the past 17 years. To this day, the center receives no government funding – a status that protects our freedom to share with clients the good news of Jesus Christ – making it solely funded by individuals and businesses right here in Durant.

The Pregnancy Center offers many forms of support for expectant moms and dads, but it was founded on its main focus – supporting women during the fragile days of discovering an unplanned pregnancy when she must decide as to how she will respond. This can be a frightening and confusing time for a young woman, so it is very important that she receives unconditional support and factual information as she makes her decision. Clients receive a free pregnancy test, free sonogram, and free counsel from trained advocates. The Pregnancy Center is a pro-life organization, always praying that clients choose life for their babies, but recognize that the decision lies with the expectant mother, and the Pregnancy Center’s role is to provide her with support and facts. All pregnant clients are offered support and educational opportunities during and after her pregnancy. Clients can receive diapers, wipes, baby clothing and car seats as rewards for attending their educational classes led by trained client volunteers. The Pregnancy Center of Bryan County, located at 308 N. 2ndAvenue in Durant also offers post-abortion counseling, parenting classes, and STD testing and treatment.

So far in 2018, the center has performed 103 pregnancy tests and 48 sonograms and has had 407 visits to their on-site mommy market, where clients receive diapers and other rewards for completing classes. The Center has also had the opportunity to share the important message of abstinence until marriage to 28 STD clients we have served this year.

The Pregnancy Center of Bryan County is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that serves local families, relies upon local support, and invests in the future of Durant in a valuable and unique way. The legacy of the Pregnancy Center is evident in the lives of past clients who still refer to their experience at the center as life-changing. As you consider making your year-end tax-deductible donation or seek out a rewarding way to get involved in our community, contact the Pregnancy Center at 580.920.2229 or visit the Facebook page at Pregnancy Center of Bryan County, and help them decorate their virtual Christmas tree with financial support and prayer. For more information, visit their website at pregnancycenterdurant.com.

‘Tis the Season – to Shop Local, Give Local.

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