Giving Tuesday, which was on November 27th this year, is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season.
This year, Life Centers raised money for ultrasound exams on Giving Tuesday. One ultrasound exam costs the ministry $100, but they are free to our clients. By the end of this year, we will have provided at least 150 free ultrasound exams, which is why our goal for Giving Tuesday was to raise $15,000.
We exceeded our goal. We are overwhelmed by the response we received on Giving Tuesday. As you may know, we had two donors who collectively matched every donation we received on Giving Tuesday up to $25,000. We received $34,790 in donations, totaling $59,790 with the generosity of our matching donors!
You might be wondering why we chose ultrasound exams to raise money for. Ultrasounds are a vital piece of our ministry. Often times, an ultrasound can be the deciding factor in our clients choosing life for their babies. Below are just a few of the comments clients have made after receiving an ultrasound exam at one of our centers:
“Hearing the heartbeat melted my heart, it made me want to parent my baby.”
“The ultrasound made me feel like a mother already.”
“My baby is bigger than I thought!”
“Seeing my baby on the ultrasound made me happier about being pregnant.”
As you can see, ultrasounds are vital to save babies from abortion. Some clients come into the ultrasound room undecided about what they are going to do with the life growing inside of them. More times than not, they leave choosing life and wanting to parent their babies.