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  • Tess Allman’s party helped area crisis pregnancy center

  • How do YOU celebrate turning 25 and 9 months?



    Tess Allman celebrated by hosting her own birthday party and asking her friends to bring gifts for Josiah’s Closet at The Women’s Clinic of Kansas City instead of bringing her presents.

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  • How do YOU celebrate turning 25 and 9 months?
    Tess Allman celebrated by hosting her own birthday party and asking her friends to bring gifts for Josiah’s Closet at The Women’s Clinic of Kansas City instead of bringing her presents.  
    Last April, Tess contacted TWC with her idea of throwing her own birthday party and asking for gifts for the clinic.  She’d read about TWC in The Catholic Key and knew she had to make contact with TWC.  
    “When I looked at the TWC website, I was so impressed with all of the success stories,” said Tess. “I felt so moved with love for all of the clients who come to TWC.”
    And of course TWC gave the birthday party its blessing and pledged to help Tess by sharing the good news of the clinic at her party.
    The Women’s Clinic of Kansas City is a pro-life, Christian crisis pregnancy center with offices at 815 N. Noland Road, Suites 4 and 5, in Independence and at 11904 Blue Ridge Blvd. in Grandview.  It serves young women from all over metropolitan Kansas City who are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy.  TWC offers all women a free pregnancy test and a free ultrasound.  Life affirming counseling is provided free of charge. Women who choose life attend classes to help prepare them for the birth of their child.  They earn “baby bucks” for attending classes. They can “spend” those baby bucks in TWC’s Josiah’s Closet which is filled with new baby items – everything from teething rings to diapers to outfits and booties and every little thing in between that a baby could need. All items are free of charge to the young mothers.
    More than 50 of Tess’ family and friends gathered in St. Patrick Church’s Jubilee Room on a Saturday afternoon in June to celebrate life.  Tess’ parents Bob and Lezlie Allman were there helping keep the games and the fun rolling.  Her younger brother Asher and her Grandma Rose Marie Allman also joined in the fun.  
    Tess provided her guests with games galore including a cake walk for which she and her family baked all the prizes.  There were little games and prizes awarded all afternoon.
    The biggest surprise of the afternoon was the appearance of Diocese of Kansas City- St. Joseph Bishop Robert Finn, who popped in to share in the celebration. Bishop Finn blessed the Italian buffet luncheon, ate and took his turn on the cake walk, winning a yummy cake to take home!
    Amid all the excitement, TWC Director of Development Cindy Isabel spoke to the party guests about the clinics.  
    “In 2011 TWC served over 1,600 young women, 1,050 of them experienced positive pregnancy tests,” she said. “About 300 of those pregnant women were the working poor and uninsured women who were going to keep their babies. They came to TWC for services because they could not afford to go anywhere else.”  
    Page 2 of 2 - Isabel stated that left about 750 young women the clinic considered to be “abortion vulnerable” in that they were single, teenaged (10-19 years of age) and had no means of income to support their baby and no support from the baby’s father or their own families. “About 90 percent of the women we serve live at 200 percent below the federal poverty level,” said Isabel. “These young women choose to abort because they think they cannot afford to have their baby.”   
    At TWC, she said, they learn they can choose life, and 732 of the 750 did just that.  TWC helps them sign up for public services like WIC and Medicaid. They attend classes offered free of charge at TWC where they learn about their pregnancy, the birth of their child and how to care for baby and for themselves.  
    For more information about The Women’s Clinic, contact Cindy Isabel at cisabel@thewomensclinic.net or at 816-836-9000. The clinic’s website is www.thewomensclinic.net.
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