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Expectant Mothers To Get Help

By Staff | Jun 22, 2016

Needy expectant mothers and families of infants will have a new source of help thanks to a new Gabriel Project office opening in New Martinsville.

The new office, which will open its doors officially on June 28, is located at The Disciple Center on Maple Avenue in New Martinsville. The office will be open every Tuesday and Thursday, noon to 4 p.m.

Lead Volunteer Linda Barth noted that the office is in “great need” of boys, infant and toddler clothes.

Those seeking additional information, or to make arrangements for drop-off or pick-up can contact Barth at 304-398-4156.

Furthermore, interested volunteers and donors can check out gabrielwv.org for full details on the charity, which serves in nearly 30 counties across the state.

According to the site, the Gabriel Project of West Virginia began in the mid-1990s with a group of women in Wheeling who were concerned for the welfare of low-income women and children in their community.

The Gabriel Project formally began in 1997 and provides necessary baby items, such as new cribs, new car seats, diapers, formula, clothing, and hygiene products and no or low cost to clients.

The Gabriel Project doesn’t just support clients’ tangible needs however. The organization supports families through listening, and if requested, prayer. Volunteers share child rearing experiences, offer informational materials, and answer general questions about baby care. The Gabriel Project can also make referrals to other sources of assistance that are beyond its mission.

Single mothers, homeless women, families without jobs or with low income jobs, women and children who are victims of domestic violence, and countless others can seek assistance from The Gabriel Project. The Gabriel Project has also assisted fathers and grandparents caring for their child or grandchildren.

There are no financial or economic guidelines to receive help; the Gabriel Project helps to assist those who “fall through the cracks” in qualifying for other agencies’ services.

The Gabriel Project is not a crisis pregnancy program and does not offer pregnancy testing, pregnancy termination, adoption services, counseling or medical care. They also do not offer housing, utility assistance or direct financial payments to clients

New Martinsville’s Gabriel Project Office will have a grand opening 11 a.m., July 12. A volunteer training was held Thursday, June 16 at the First Christian Church. Volunteers also worked that afternoon ***

Accepted Donation List

Gently used clothing – all seasons: baby clothes (all sizes up to 2T); children’s clothing (3T up to size 5); shoes/boots/slippers/socks; and maternity clothing

Gently used toys – books, DVDs, activity centers; (no used teething rings)

Gently used baby furniture – high chair, booster seats; changing table; bassinette/cradle/pack and play; walkers, jumpers, bouncy seats; strollers; (no used cribs and no used car seats)

Gently used crib bedding/items – sheets (flat and fitted); gently used baby blankets/swaddling blankets; baby mobiles; cuddle pillows such as Bobbys; baby monitor (no bumper pads or crib pillows)

Baby care items/safety items – gently used towels and wash cloths; gently used bibs/burp clothes; gently used disaper bag; gently used baby baths, baby potty trainers; baby safety items – outlet covers, cupboard latch locks; baby gates; (no used bottles, nipples, or pacifiers)