By Bill Zlatos
Thursday, June 23, 2011

Ross residents Aracely Ibarra and husband Franklin Soriano, expecting their first child on July 6, are looking forward to getting a free crib from Women’s Choice Network of Pittsburgh.
”It’s definitely a lot of help,” said Ibarra, 28. “It’s an emotional experience — happiness — but on the other side, you spend a lot of money when it’s your first one. I didn’t have anything for a baby.”
The organization has received 30 cribs from Stanley Furniture in Stanleytown, Va., and has arranged for three North Hills churches to deliver and put them together. It marks the biggest cache of cribs the center has received in its 25 years of existence.
”This is a huge, huge blessing to the girls that we see because, No. 1, they need a crib, and they really need the help to get the crib in their house,” said Amy Scheuring, executive director of the Oakland-based anti-abortion group.
The crib delivery is part of Baby Steps, the network’s program to teach mothers about infant care. The mothers meet with counselors who ensure they are getting prenatal or postnatal care. The network provides free tests for pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, sonograms and vitamins.
”A girl might choose life, and we’re glad that she does, but we want to continue a journey with her to support that decision and to make sure she has what she needs,” Scheuring said.
The cribs, which can convert into children’s beds, come with a gift basket containing baby blankets, clothing, formula and diapers.
Distributing the cribs are the Allegheny Center Alliance Church in the North Side and North Park Church and New Community Church, both in Wexford.
North Park Church has recruited 40 volunteers, who will buy mattresses and baby supplies and distribute and assemble 10 cribs.
”Part of our desire is to engage in the community in the name of Christ,” said Bruce Allison, executive director of North Park Church.
Having left Mexico to study English at the University of Pittsburgh, Ibarra has spent four years in America. She worked as a nanny before she became pregnant. Her husband, who is originally from the Dominican Republic, sells cell phones.
“I was very happy and excited I was pregnant,” Ibarra said. “I wasn’t expecting that, but a baby is a baby and a blessing”

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  1. Andrea, John and Ryan Jordan Karen and Bill Frank Christine and Greg Grabowski Julie Bubanovich

    Dear Leggett Kitchens,
    Thank you for making the 12th Annual Golf for the Cure event such a success. Your generosity continues to astound us! Although Mother Nature continued her bad mood, we still had an enjoyable day. Every hole was sponsored, all gifts were donated and numerous monetary donations were made. Our total proceeds were over $8,400! These funds will be turned in to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in Ryan’s name.
    Over the past twelve years, this gold outing has raised a total of $91,000 in an effort to find a cure for diabetes. YOU have played a significant part in this effort. Whether you joined us to golf, sponsored a hole, donated prizes and/or made monetary contributions, you have made a significant impact on finding a cure.
    JDRF is the world’s number one nonprofit, nongovernmental funder of diabetes research. JDRF brings together world-renowned experts in the areas of diabetes, gene therapy, immunology and transplantation with a common goal of finding a cure through islet cell transplantation and genetic engineering. It is one of the most promising hopes of finding a cure. Moving research closer to patient applications is high in JDRF’s list of promises.
    We hope that you enjoyed the gold outing this year and look forward to seeing you again next year!! Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 13, 2012.
    Our Deepest Gratitude,

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