LINCOLN (SNR) – Birthright of Lincoln is holding a raffle for tickets to the Husker Red-White Game. The drawing will be March 28.
Birthright has been active in helping women and children in Lincoln since 1973, when the Supreme Court made abortion legal in the United States. But the international organization actually began in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1968, when Louise Summerhill, a busy housewife and mother of seven children, felt something should be done to help women facing unplanned pregnancies. There are now more than 300 chapters worldwide.
Staffed entirely by volunteers, the organization offers guidance and referrals to help women who are either planning on parenting their babies, or lovingly placing their babies for adoption.
Following the group’s directives, Birthright will never give any assistance to a pregnant woman to obtain an abortion. They use love and compassion when working with women and do not refer for contraception.
Birthright of Lincoln currently has 14 volunteers and always needs more. Responsibilities include talking with clients, performing pregnancy tests, sorting items for free layettes and writing thank-you notes to donors. Birthright also refers women to pro-life doctors and several agencies who offer help to those in need.
Twelve board members help Birthright raise funds to maintain their presence in Lincoln. They recently had a donation of two tickets to the Red-White Spring Game and will raffle them off at fish fry dinners in the city of Lincoln.
Tickets are available during the Friday evening fish fries at Blessed Sacrament, North American Martyrs and St. John the Apostle fish fries, as well as the fish fries in the Knights of Columbus Hall on South Street.
Tickets are also available by calling the Birthright office at 402-466-2609 and purchasing a $5 ticket. The winning ticket will be drawn March 28.
Birthright’s annual fundraiser is on Mother’s Day when volunteers sell carnations after Masses. Birthright will also be remembered on “Give to Lincoln Day” May 31.
“We ask for your generosity,” said Marty Miller of Birthright, “but if you are unable to help us at this time, please include us in your prayers.”
More information is available at the Birthright website, birthright.org/en/landingpage/lp-lincoln. Birthright of Lincoln is located at the East Center Building, 5625 “O” St., Suite 4. The office is on the second floor of the building and an elevator is available for guests’ convenience.