The holiday season is here. It is a time for family. It is a
time for big meals. Most of all, it is a time to give.
Many people give presents and some give those presents away
because they didn’t like them. Still others choose to give back to
One of those people is Katie Thomas, who chooses to volunteer
every week at the Alpha Pregnancy Resource Center.
The Alpha Center is a Christian ministry that helps women and
men through crisis pregnancies that provides pregnancy tests,
counseling, support groups and referrals, all at no cost.
Thomas, a junior accounting major, doesn’t volunteer at the
center because she needs service learning hours for class or
because a judge ordered her to. She gives up her time to sit down
with pregnant teens because she has a story to tell.
In, 1981 a 17-year-old girl got pregnant. Because she didn’t
want to have an abortion, she decided to have the child. Knowing
that she could not provide for the baby, she decided to put it up
for adoption after it was born. That baby was Thomas.
“Because of what my mom chose to do, God has just really given
me a heart for pregnant teens,” Thomas said.
Her goal while volunteering at the center is to get the message
out that adoption is an option.
“A lot of times, people see abortion and keeping the baby as the
only two choices they have. People overlook the possibility of
adoption and sometimes they don’t even know about it,” Thomas
Thomas also commented that the girls who come into the center
are all very grateful for what is offered and all have close
relationships with the counselors. Besides support groups and
counseling, the center also gives out baby food and clothes to
couples with low income.
But Thomas, who plans to try and find her birth mother this
summer, is there because she wants them to see what can happen when
they take that often overlooked third option.
“I just sit down with them and tell them my story,” Thomas said.
“I just show them my life and the fact that God has really blessed
me with a great family. Hopefully, it makes an impact.”