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Rescue Mission holiday raffle supports homeless pregnant women


The Merced County Rescue Mission held its second annual Christmas Tree Raffle recently with support from Lowe’s, Home Depot, Target, Parker’s Ace Hardware and Walmart.

All the proceeds went to the Rescue Mission’s project to build a facility to care for homeless pregnant women on the new Mission campus in south Merced near the fairgrounds.

The Mission awarded a total of five brand new, unassembled Christmas trees, along with packages of decorations, to the lucky raffle winners.

The donors/winners included: Cody Smiley of Smiley Automotive, Jung Moon of Garret Hearing Aid Center, Karyn Johnson of Mechanics Bank at the Promenade, Lily Rodarte of Alpha Pregnancy Center, and Genevieve Garcia.

The event was led by Denise Lawless, the onsite representative of the new maternity home; and Sister Davida Schaefer, the assistant development director of the Merced County Rescue Mission. Schaefer, an advocate for support to people in the community who are grieving or facing life changes, calls her mission “Miracles of Merced.”

The new facility for pregnant women who are experiencing homelessness will be able to care for up to 20 women with living quarters, pre-natal care and other critical support for moms and their babies.

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