WAXAHACHIE — A small, random act of kindness around the holiday season can go much further than one would believe — just ask the 34 students enrolled in the Navarro College LVN [Licensed Vocational Nursing] program.
On Monday, Dec. 5, the LVN Program presented the FirstLook clinic of Waxahachie with a donation of diapers, baby wipes, clothing and other items to their store, Noah’s Boutique.
The clinic has served over 28,0000 Ellis County residents with free STD testing, abortion counseling and information, and PreParE [Parental and Parenting Education] courses since 1995.
“We have over 30 students in our class, and we collected three large boxes of baby wipes, diapers, and clothing. We do community service projects each semester, and this is what we chose,” Navarro College Nursing Student Gloria Jessend stated.
As previously reported by the WDL, “They [FirstLook] exist to erase the perceived need for abortion in Ellis County. Their mission is to save lives and offer the hope of Jesus Christ. Their vision is to one day compete on a level playing field with those who desire to take life for the sake of profit. Last year 95 abortion-minded mothers changed their mind and chose life for their baby [...] FirstLook is not like most pregnancy clinics where the focus is only the physical health. Because they believe the wellness of the whole person is important, they address the spiritual and emotional as well as the physical needs of their clients.”
Though the necessity of the services is great, the need for Noah’s Boutique is equally as great.
“Mothers and fathers are encouraged to attend the PreParE educational classes about birth, pregnancy and more. When they attend the classes they rack up points, and the points serve as money, and they can use their money at the boutique,” Jessend said.
Baby clothes, crib sheets, handmade blankets, diapers, baby toiletries, baby food, formula and other items are available to clients
“We receive generous donations from individuals, groups, and businesses for Noah’s Boutique. These donations are so important to our clients,” Clinic Director Sharra Poteet previously reported to the WDL. “We appreciate everyone’s willingness to help us stock the Boutique. Several church groups have held baby showers for Noah’s Boutique.”
Jessend noted that the Christmas season influenced the class to “bless others who are in need” and the FirstLook clinic was the perfect fit."
“Our LVN program is three semesters long and is 18 hours a semester. It’s full time, 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. and a lot of have families and work on the weekends as well,” Jessend stated. “We will do a project like this each semester. Next semester we start doing clinicals in hospitals, so I’m sure we will do something at a hospital.”
The outcome of the donation boxes was greater than the class or the clinic initially expected.
“It went great, and everyone was so excited. We told FirstLook that we were bringing donations and they had no idea we were going to bring that much,” the student explained. “We put flyers around the school, and our nursing students contributed. There was student went to a Sam’s [Club] and bought 1,000 wipes.”
FirstLook is located at 1204 Ferris Avenue, Suite E in Waxahachie. Their hours of operation are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call 972-938-7900 to volunteer, donate or receive services or go to Txlifeinvestors.org for more information.
Kelsey Poynor, @KPoynor_WDL