The Knights of Columbus continues to advance the life-saving mission of Vida Medical Clinic and Support Services through their ongoing generosity and support.
Grand Knight Craig Cummings, from Knights of Columbus Msgr. Gehl Council 7895 in Hortonville, recently presented its 2021 baby bottle drive donation of $2,200 to help support Vida’s ultrasound machine they helped procure back in 2020. Knights of Council 7895 collected parishioner donations throughout 2021 from SS Peter & Paul Church in Hortonville, St. Denis Church in Shiocton, and St. Patrick Church in Stephensville.
The recent donation supports the upkeep and maintenance of the Vida Medical Clinic ultrasound machine, transducer covers, gel, gloves, table paper, gowns, and other medical clinic supplies. The donation also covers annual fees associated with use of Tricefy, a third-party, cloud-based system that allows ultrasound images of the baby to be sent directly to a mom’s phone for viewing. This serves as a powerful, immediate reminder that the child in her womb is much more than a choice she carries; it is a baby, her baby. Additionally, the donation supports ongoing ultrasound training for Vida Medical Director Alice Boshoven, MD, and Vida nurses, who use their education and skill to capture those quality images for the expectant mom or parents to see of their growing child in the womb.
“We are so thankful that the local Knights have stepped up and really owned this part of our ministry,” Vida Development Supervisor Kristi Hoheisel said. “They are making a difference in the lives of the women and couples we serve, and lives are being impacted, changed, and saved!”
In 2020, this local Knights council raised more than $28,000, along with matching funds from the national Knights of Columbus Ultrasound Initiative and the Supreme Council’s Culture of Life Fund, for the new ultrasound machine. The Knights also fundraised for Vida’s previous ultrasound machine purchase in 2012. Both donations were part of the national Knights of Columbus Ultrasound Initiative, which has donated more than 1,000 ultrasound machines to medical clinics and pregnancy resource centers across the world since 2009.
The parishes that supported the Knights’ baby bottle drive are also members of the Vida Church Partner Program, which not only supports Vida through financial donations, but also through supply donations, spiritual connections for Vida clients and patients, and prayer.