A Roanoke council of the Knights of Columbus has made it possible for a women’s medical clinic to get a new ultrasound machine.
Checks totaling about $27,000 were presented Saturday to the Blue Ridge Women’s Center.
Half of the amount came from a number of fundraising activities by the Roanoke Council 562 of the Catholic fraternal service organization. The other half came from the Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus as part of a national program that has donated 350 ultrasound machines to pregnancy centers in 45 states.
The new ultrasound machine will replace an older one used by the Blue Ridge Women’s Center. As a Christian-based medical clinic, the center deals with unplanned pregnancies, relationships and reproductive health. It also offers counseling to women who have had abortions.
Since the center opened in 1984, it has provided free services to more than 15,000 women.
“We could give no better gift this Mother’s Day weekend than to donate to the Blue Ridge Women’s Center the ability to provide mothers with the very best diagnostic ultrasound technology available,” Karl Kleinhenz, grand knight of the Roanoke Council 562, said in announcement released Saturday.