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Knights of Columbus

Knights of Columbus give $5,000 to West Florida Pregnancy & Family Center

BONIFAY — The Infant of Prague Council 10513 of the Knights of Columbus presented a check for $5,000 to the West Florida Pregnancy & Family Center in Bonifay Friday morning.

The Knights of Columbus meet at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church in Bonifay but is comprised of members from both Washington and Holmes counties, went to the state council for funds to donate to the center.

“We support the center 100 percent,” said Grand Knight Mike DeRuntz, “and I am thrilled we can share God’s abundance, so thrilled that we are able to do this.”

Center Director Mary Rockburn said she is Baptist, but women who come to the center aren’t required to belong to any denomination. “We just want them to love Jesus our Lord and follow him,” she said.

Women who come to the center are required to take classes on various topics such as nutrition, pre-natal care and parenting, and the bible, and for each hour spent in class they receive 3 “baby bucks” which can be used at the center or area thrift stores for diapers and baby supplies.

“We aren’t a hand out organization,” Rockburn said. “Our girls earn their way here.” Over the 10 years the center has been in operation, about 900 women have been helped by the center, she said.