Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Pregnancy Aid of Snohomish County

Thank you to all who attended the Two Hearts Pregnancy Aid 2nd Annual Auction Dinner on November 3, 2018! Your generous donations continue to offer hope, support and no cost assistance in the lives of low income young women and their families seeking help.

Since 1971, Pregnancy Aid helped over 100,000 families providing clients with pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, baby layettes, formula, diapers, brand new car seats, and gently-used clothing to include 18-24 pack items plus jackets, toys, and books. This compassionate and loving aid is offered free without judgement and no strings attached.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Gosnell Movie


I saw the movie Gosnell about the convicted murderer, Dr. Kermit Gosnell. The Philadelphia abortionist was found guilty in May of 2013 of three counts murder, one count of involuntary manslaughter, 21 counts of illegal late-term abortion and 211 counts of violating informed consent laws. Gosnell is now serving three-consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole.

This non-graphic film highlighted Gosnell’s delusional dis-regard for humanity, not only for the aborted infants, but also the women who came to him in desperation. Gosnell’s 30-year abortion clinic business, Women’s Medical Society had not been inspected for 16 years. What if Dr.  Gosnell’s clinic had been inspected on a regular basis? What may have been different? 

Sanitized instruments, floor regularly swept and mopped; the garbage, and “medical waste” removed, local and state permits and inspections kept up to date. The deaths of the women may not have occurred, countless women’s lives not destroyed, no stored aborted infants, and  
Gosnell’s business would have been shut down much sooner. Yet, countless other abortions would still have occurred as the savage procedure is legal in America.  

Case in point: Planned Parenthood clinic located at 1509 - 32nd Street in Everett.  When was this facility inspected by Snohomish County Health District?  Has anyone died at this Planned Parenthood?  Has anyone been injured? Legal, surgical abortions end the lives of several unborn children each Wednesday at the Everett Planned Parenthood.  Do we care? 

E. M.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Abortion: America's Great Holocaust - Thoughts on this January 22, 2018



Between 58 and 59 million preborn infants have died by abortion in America since the January 22, 1973 - when the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion through all nine months of pregnancy. 
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St. Pope John Paul II in his Homily during Mass at the Washington Mall, October 7, 1979 stated,

 “Human Life is precious because it is a gift of a God whose love is infinite; and when God gives life, it is forever.”

God created humanity in His image and likeness (Genesis 1:27) and knew us before we were born (Jeremiah 1:15).  The Lord in all His goodness, desired humanity to share in his creation, and to be fruitful and multiply (Genesis 1:28, 2:28 and Matthew 19:4).  He gave us a few simple rules: The Ten Commandments - to love God with our whole heart and soul, and to love others as ourselves.

The song, Wherever You Go, by the Benedictine Monks of Weston Priory and based on the Book of Ruth, so eloquently expresses this great gift of life.

“I want to say something to all of you who have become a part of the fabric of my life.  The color and texture, which you have brought into my being, have become a song, and I want to sing it forever.  There is an energy in us, which makes things happen – when the paths of others touch ours.  And we have to be there and let it happen.  When the time of our particular sunset comes – our thing, our accomplishment won’t really matter a great deal.  But the clarity and care with which we have loved others will speak with vitality of the great gift of life we have been for each other.”

It has been 45 years; the U.S. continues aborting 2,000 – 3,000 children daily.  America has the highest abortion rate (19.4 per 1,000) of any western industrialized nation.  Washington state doctors are responsible for aborting 21,880 women in 2011.  So tragic! 

 
“I was 15 years old when my mother and I returned to Planned Parenthood after the contraceptive they provided months earlier failed.  I was told I was 11 weeks pregnant and that my pregnancy was a ‘clump of cells’ and to hurry to make an appointment if I wanted an abortion because at 12 weeks the prices would be higher.  I was not given any counseling of any kind whatsoever.  Today, I regret my abortion.”  Silent No More Awareness – Shadia

In the book, Mother Teresa’s Reaching Out in Love – Stories Told by Mother Teresa, compiled and edited by Edward Le Joy and Jaya Chaliha, Mother Teresa defines the sad reality of abortion this way:

“Abortion is the greatest destroyer of peace in the world today – abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself.  And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill each other?”

Operation Rescue, a leading pro-life Christian activist organization promoting legal personhood to the unborn child, has documented at least 200 abortion related deaths between 1973 and 2014.  Since March 2011, three medical emergencies have occurred in Washington State due to abortion complications: Everett (3/18/2011), Kenmore (10/2/2012), and Spokane (5/18/2011).  Why has the Media not reported the emergencies?

Clearly, abortion is legal.  However, is it actually rare?  No!  Is it safe?  No!  There is a local and national silence (a blackout) regarding the horrendous, tragic story of abortion and its implications - not only the preborn infants killed, but also, the women’s lives now wrecked from abortion.

"If anyone tells you that there are no side effects to having an abortion, I’m living proof that the side effects can be devastating.  Not only do you rob yourself of a person that would enrich your life, you rob all your family as well.  I tell you the pain of that realization is excruciating."  Silent No More Awareness – Adrian, California
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"I only would wish that people could see that abortion does not only hurt the little ones who get aborted but that it hurts also us in a very real, serious, and lasting way.  I would wish that people could see that with abortion in our lives we lose a kind of innate God-given blessedness, a life full of innocence and tenderness."  Silent No More Awareness – Anne, MS

 

Yet, realizing the inhumanity of abortion, lack of protection for the unborn, and a society indifferent to the sacredness of human life, from conception to natural death (Culture of Death), there is hope looking forward.  According to reported statistical data, abortions have steadily declined since 1980.  LifeNews.com reported the following Associated Press story: since 2010, “Abortions Dropped by 12% in the U.S.”  (June 8, 2015).  Slow but steady, we are moving forward to restoring respect for life, especially for the unborn.

Hope. Although we have tremendous work to do, in any city or region in the U.S., Pregnancy Resource Centers (PRC), and Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPC) are springing up everywhere – helping women face challenging, unintended pregnancies.

Services include maternity and baby clothing, infant formula, free pregnancy test, an ultrasound, confidential, supportive counseling, and fetal development.  Clients receive information on all options, including adoption, and keeping the child.  Women may hear important information on the impacts of abortion.  Local organizations that work closely with women are Two Hearts Ultrasound at Pregnancy Aid, Pregnancy Resource Center, Everett, and Next Step Pregnancy Services in Lynnwood. Prepares, a Washington state Catholic parish based ministry, provides similar services, but also includes parental support through age Five. 

In the past 4 decades, citizens committed to ending abortion formed countless 501c organizations.  Key fundamentals generating this positive pro-life strength and success are education, networking, state legislative abortion restrictions, prayer, and outreach at the abortion site.  Coalition for Life, 40 Days for Life, National Right to Life, Students for Life, Crusade for Life, American Life League, Priests for Life, Anglicans for Life, Pro-Life Across America, Helpers of God’s Precious Infants, and Washington State March For Life.

Why has not the media reported more on the amazing and heroic success stories and their life-saving work?  (Abby Johnson-former Director of Planned Parenthood who left PP; Shawn Carney-Texas Coalition for Life, 40 Days for Life; David Bereit-40Days for Life, Rebecca Kiessling-Conceived in Rape; Late Dr. Bernard Nathanson-former NYC abortionist turned pro-life.  Late Dr. Jack Wilke-founder, Nat’l Right to Life; Jill Stanek, nurse, blogger; Fr Pavone, Priests for Life; Julie Brown, American Life League; Nellie Grey-March For Life; Gianna Jessen, Saline abortion survivor).

There is an inner passion to end this tragedy in our nation’s history.  God set the truth on my heart even before I was born.

My life began due to my birth mother being raped at age 19 by my biological father.  Symptoms of epilepsy challenged her life while dealing with a pregnancy, too.  After nine months in a foster home, my parents, Ray and Mary Mohs adopted me.  I grew up in a large Catholic family in Mountlake Terrace, WA with seven siblings and three additional foster kids.  I am now married nearly 38 years to my wife, Donna.  We have four grown children and seven grandchildren.

 
                                             General Reference Information
 

 OVERVIEW & HISTORY:

Abortion - The most divisive, passionate, human rights, moral issue of our time.

Before and after January 22, 1973: Roe v Wade, Doe v Bolton, Casey v Planned Parenthood

Established & affirmed Constitutional Right to Abortion (mostly)


LAW, ACCESS & RESTRICTIONS (Nationally & Washington State):

Referendum 20: November 3, 1970

Initiative 120: November 1991

Roe v Wade; Doe v Bolton; Casey v Planned Parenthood

Life at Conception Act – H.R. 1091

Pain – Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Waiting periods: 24/48/72 hours

Abortion is law of the land in Washington State even if Roe was overturned

Reasons for Abortion: reproductive choice – right to control woman’s body, economics & family size; college (wrong place, wrong time), pressure from partner or other relationship, sexual abuse (rape), fear, lack of self-esteem, homelessness, drug and alcohol abuse.

Reasons against Abortion:

Physical, emotional harm to women, including future pregnancies placed at risk, relationships ruined, death of one own preborn child, turning away from God

WHEN DOES HUMAN LIFE BEGIN?

Diary of the Unborn, Priests for Life

Drama of Life Before Birth, Lennart Nilsson, 1965 Photo Essay, Time Magazine

SCRIPTURE:

Deuteronomy 30:1; Genesis 1:27; Jeremiah: 1:15; Psalm 139:13-16

ABORTION STATISTICS & PROFILES:

Guttmacher Institute*

Washington State Abortions (2011) 21,880*


American Life League**

Total Abortions Nationally (1973-2013) 56.5 million; abortions per day = 2,899

Washington State Abortions (2010) 21,124; (2013) 17,592; decrease 16.7%

Operation Rescue***

There has been a steady decline in abortions since 1980.

The U.S. has the highest abortion rate (19.4 per 1,000) of any western industrialized nation.

88.7 percent of all abortions take place by the twelfth week of pregnancy

200+ abortion related deaths 1973 thru 2014


Women’s Issues / Guttmacher Institute ****

Unintended pregnancies account for nearly half (50%) of all pregnancies

Four out of ten (40%) unintended pregnancies end in abortion

Twenty-four percent (24%) of all pregnancies end in abortion

Two out of every hundred (2%) women ages 15-44 have an abortion.  Of these, 48% have had one or more previous abortions

Fifty-two percent (52%) of women choosing abortion are under age 25

Black women are almost four times as likely to have an abortion as white women are

For women having abortions, 43% are Protestant and 27% identify as Catholic

CNS News:

87 surgical abortion facilities closed in 2013, Dec 29, 2013

 PLANNED PARENTHOOD

Providing pregnancy tests, contraception, abortion, limited women & men’s health screenings

Encourages teen promiscuity engaging in explicit, risky, immoral sexual behaviors,

--Info for Teens section (website) *****

Nation’s largest abortion provider: 4 million since 1970**

305,310 abortions in 844 clinics; 374.4 million income from services; 349.6 million grants & government contracts (taxpayer funds);  fiscal year 2007-2008**

327,653 abortions (medical and surgical) 2012-2013**

1,880 adoption referrals** (2012-2013)

Ratio of adoption referrals to abortions: 1 per 174 (2012-2013)

32 (PP) clinics in WA State*****

Margaret Sanger, 1916, Founder*

Abortion Motto: “safe, legal, rare”

--The Guardian, July 9, 2014; LifeNews.com, July 14, 2014
 
ABORTION PROCEDURES: The reality of abortion

Methods duration, cost, side-affects, complications

Saline, suction, D&C, D&E, RU486 (The Abortion Pill - Mifepristone)

Complications: heavy bleeding & severe pain, perforated uterus, cut/torn cervix, pelvic infection, cramping, depression, drug & alcohol abuse, emotional disturbances, relationship difficulties, problems with future pregnancies, and death

Cost: 1,500 1st Trimester (In-Clinic Abortion)

Abortion Pill (medical abortion, Mifepristone): $800

 ABORTION EMERGENCY TRIPS TO HOSPITAL***

May 18, 2015, Spokane, WA

March 26, 2015, South Wind Women’s Abortion Center, Wichita, and KS

October 2, 2012, Kenmore, WA

July 20, 2012, Chicago, IL, Tanya Reeves (death)

March 18, 2011, Everett, WA

May 31, 2009, Wichita, KS, late-term abortion doctor assassinated

2015, 25 medical emergencies document (thus far), 11 at Planned Parenthood – Operation Rescue

 Two-Hearts Ultrasound at PREGNANCY AID:

3202 Hoyt Ave, Everett

Since 1971, (42 years) supported over 100,000 mothers and families with

Maternity & baby clothing, Car Seat Program, baby layettes, WIC, pregnancy tests, confidential, friendly, caring, nonjudgmental help (all free)

Uniquely located across the street from Planned Parenthood, Everett

 4US.org: Ultrasounds:

Raises funds to purchase ultrasound equipment for local pregnancy centers

“Rally Round 4 Ultrasound”: Hosting World’s Largest Squirt-gun Fight

40 DAYS FOR LIFE:

Prayer, fasting, peaceful vigil, and outreach to end abortion, since 2007

Spring, fall each year: September 23 – November 1, 2015 (next campaign)

Washington: approximately 12 cities

Nationally: 3,588 campaigns, 579 cities, 30 countries, 650,000 individual participants, 10,331 unborn lives saves, 118 abortion workers quit their jobs, 60 abortion facilities closed through the end of 2014.

 ADOPTION:

Ed M (located birth family), Chris M (located birth family), Jiena S, John W, Kevin F

Patience, Perseverance, Prayer - Ed’s adoption search story
 

MERCY - GOD’S UNCONDITIONAL LOVE:

Rachel’s Vinyard / Silent No More Awareness

Post-abortive women who have come to terms with and later regret their abortion decision realize an ocean of mercy and love from God.  They fully accept the unborn child they aborted and grieve, but now experience new life in the forgiveness and healing power of Christ.

  SOURCES / References:

Abortion in Washington Blog

American Life League**

Guttmacher Institute*

LifeNews.com*****

Louisiana State Department of Health & Hospitals

Next Step Pregnancy Services

Operation Rescue***

Planned Parenthood of Great Northwest

Pregnancy Aid

Priests for Life

Women’s Issues / Guttmacher Institute****

40 Days for Life

4US.org

Darkness into Light, By Ed Mohs

Patience, Perseverance, Prayer, By Ed Mohs

Ed Mohs Faith Journey, By John Wolcott

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Seeing Jesus in the Homeless


Wednesday after work (6/21/2016) I had a routine appointment located at a medical clinic on Maple Avenue in Everett. Approaching the driveway, I noticed a man who I presumed was homeless, rustling about in his tattered blanket on the sidewalk. I went inside the building to the 2nd floor locating a window to see if the person was still there. I did not see him in that same place.  I wondered where he went. 

I caught a glimpse of him heading toward my car to leave.  He somehow crossed the street.  Maple isn’t the busiest Avenue in Everett, but it is a main route heading to Highway 2. It is dangerous.  I carefully crossed the street feeling compelled to check on him.

I took him by the hand and he grasped my hand tightly.  He was obviously intoxicated. The beer can alongside was evidence of that.  I asked the man for his name; Gerry he said as he began to cry.  I  asked if he wanted help – although I wasn’t altogether sure what help I could offer Gerry.  I asked him if we could pray and he said yes.  He prayed aloud over my prayers for him, asking the Blessed Trinity to be present at this moment in Gerry’s life and to give me the courage and strength to stay with him until help arrived. 

Gerry related to me he wanted to either “get clean and sober” or wrap up under the bridge and die; he wanted to check out. I told him he was not going to die at least not today.  I would stay with him until we found help even if that help was temporary.  Crying, wanting help, Gerry had had enough. I'd imagine Gerry is somewhere between 60 and 65.  He had no teeth, appearing to look older. He was dressed mostly dark or black clothes with a navy blue jacket. Barely understandable, Gerry said he had no family when I asked; he didn’t trust anyone. Someone molested him at gunpoint the night before - pointing toward the bridge a hundred yards away.

I stayed with Gerry and called 911. It took two calls before the officer arrived.  On scene, the policeman began a series of triage questions to determine Gerry’s general condition.  The officer asked: if I give you a quarter and a dime, how much money is that?  Gerry answered, thirty-five cents.  I left after that.  Gerry was now in good hands, at least for now.  I must trust God through the professional assistance of the attending officer. P.S. Gerry is not his real name. Please keep him in your prayers.

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Wake-up Call


Saturday, 12/19, I went to the doctor having symptoms of chest pain (very strong pressure in the center of my chest) and was referred, then admitted to Providence Hospital in Everett for observation, scheduled for a treadmill - stress test early Sunday morning.  That test indicated there was a problem and immediately scheduled for the angiogram, which lead to angioplasty and four stents inserted.  All four (3-Left, 1-Right) blockages were between 90 - 99 percent.  I have a fifth blockage on the backside that is at 60 percent.  I see the cardiologist 1/13/16 to learn more.

I am doing ok, slowly getting back to normal, going for two or three short walks daily.  Oh, and learning half my meal plate should be green.  While I enjoy fruits and veggies, it is indeed getting old already, and it has only been one week.  We are learning what is out and what is in.  Whatever is necessary we can do this!  

Donna had her second cataract surgery the preceding Friday.  She is recovering well.  She is ecstatic to "see" so clearly.  I do not know what I would have done without her at my side the entire time.

Back Story-

About four to seven days prior to going to the doctor, I had experienced a strong, tightened chest pain, not sharp, more dull, but very tight - like my heart was being squished.  This occurred while walking maybe 40 - 100 feet where I work.  I kept telling myself, "That hurts, but its ok, I can do this...it will go away"...and it did.  Another day came, and it occurred again.

We have a covered swim spa outside on the patio.  Since being on second shift, I had been trying to swim more often before I leave for work.  One day, I entered the warm pool and enjoyed relaxing and light exercise, moving my arms in a partial butterfly swim manner.  The pain returned.  I got out of the pool and cautiously continued the rest of the day.

Donna recently had cataract surgery on her one eye; Friday, December 18 she had her second eye done at Capitol Hill in Seattle, and I was the driver.  Saturday morning was her check back appointment; off we went again to Seattle.  After I dropped her off at home, I checked into the doctor.  I thank God that I did.

I went to recovery following the successful angioplasty.  Initially, no chest pain as the nursing staff settled me in, making me comfortable.  A short while later, that all changed.  The IV liquids had ran through; I had to pee bad, but could not.  I do not know the maximum our bladders hold, but I had 760 cc stored.  It hurt!  Complicating matters following angiogram, I had to lay still for the required six hours so the groin entry site would close completely. 

I had some residual mild pain on the left side of my chest radiating inward which was due to the heart agitation during surgery.  I received three separate nitro doses.  That relieved the pain, but worked too well.  My blood pressure dropped to 72/60 and my head nurse flipped my bed, head down - feet up.  That was fun - NOT.  Finally, I found relaxation, medical staff and family all left the room; I had dinner and went to sleep.  The hospital released me Monday mid-morning and we went home.

At one point during the above anxiousness and intense discomfort, I had a low point.  Repeatedly with tears, I said, "I don't want to do this anymore!"  I reflected on these words recently while on my daily walk since being home.  I stopped, looked up in the sky as in listening prayer, and had an ahaw moment.  I thought back at my thoughts at work, "It hurts, but I can do this."

How foolish and selfish of me to have had that attitude.  As a Catholic claiming to "know and walk with Christ," my thoughts and actions were opposite.  During those days at work, I never bothered to seek help through Boeing Medical.  I never bothered to call the consulting nurse.  I never bothered to contact two friends who are nurses that I sing with to seek their advice (Barb and Suzie).

As Mom frequently reminds me, God never promised us a "rose garden."  However, He does promise to walk with us in our daily lives - IF we let Him.

Thank you for all your love and prayers! I am most grateful for Donna, our children (Kristy, Mark, Michele, David), my Mom, brothers and sisters, extended family and friends.  I love you!

May the blessings of the Holy Family (peace, love, joy) be with you during the Christmas Season and may you have a happy and prosperous  new year.

 




Sunday, September 13, 2015

Faith, Works, Prayer & Hope



     A profound and humbling experience recently happened to me while praying at Planned Parenthood. 

     It was late Wednesday afternoon before closing on August 26, which is surgical abortion day.  I grabbed some literature, my rosary, and placed myself overlooking the parking lot, intending to stay for only a few minutes.  

     Shortly after I began praying, a woman entered the parking lot, got out of her car, and proceeded to the entrance.  In a moderate tone I asked, “May I offer you some important information on Planned Parenthood?”  Did I ever get a cursing earful?  Hand gestures were not necessary…her words said it all!  As imagined, she did not accept my literature and went inside.

     I collected myself and continued praying.  Moments later, a staff member escorted a woman outside, motioning for her to walk around the building.  I assumed she needed to get some air.  She wore loose-fitting clothing, customary for women after an abortion.  I gently offered to pray with her as she wiped tears from her eyes.  “It’s too late” she said quietly.  I could only pray that in time she reaches out to God for his mercy, forgiveness, love and healing.

     I continued praying.  Again, a woman walked out of Planned Parenthood full of tears since aborting her child.  Grief is all over the faces of post-abortive women.  I made an effort to offer some assistance, but she shook her head and left in the awaiting vehicle.

     Finally, the woman who earlier cursed at me, she came out of Planned Parenthood accompanying a young girl who also terminated her pregnancy.  As before, I offered the literature.  She unloaded another earful on me.  It was brutal!  Some of us simply do not learn!

     I felt helpless to have encountered three pregnant women in a short time that had aborted.  Broken, I lost it and wept - knelling down in prayer on the sidewalk where I met those women who themselves must have felt empty, alone, confused and broken.  Lord, Jesus…

     Yet, there is hope!  That same day, I received an earlier email stating there was a woman who came to Planned Parenthood for an abortion, but had changed her mind; she was keeping her baby.  

     Since 2007, at least (18) infants have been spared from abortion in Everett during 40 Days for Life campaigns.  Their moms experienced the blessings and joys in welcoming a new child into their lives.  Thank you, Lord!

     Unfortunately, abortion is still the law of the land.  For over 40 years, this nation, our states, our churches, those who are followers of Jesus, each of us, including myself, have “allowed” abortion to continue.

     NOW is the time to humble ourselves before God as we seek His mercy and grace to end abortion in our midst?  With hope in our hearts, I believe it is completely possible.

     “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”  2Chronicles: 7:14

     “You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb.  I praise you, so wonderfully you made me; wonderful are your works”!

-Psalm 139:13-14

 

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Protesting Everett Planned Parenthood

 

The Snohomish County cities of Everett, Lynwood, and Marysville, Washington are home to Planned Parenthood facilities.

Saturday, August 22, 2015 an unprecedented, 400+ Pro-life citizens came together at Everett Planned Parenthood (organized locally by David Graves, Living Hope For Life Ministries) for a National Protest at Planned Parenthood joining 350 other locations across the United States. 

Why are people protesting Planned Parenthood?  Because Planned Parenthood commits some 330,000 abortions nearly every year, while receiving taxpayer funding.  Yet, it is more than the sheer volume.  It is the human realization that the abortion procedure intently and violently kills an unborn living child, while causing life-long physical, spiritual, emotional harm to countless women as evidenced by Silent No More Awareness, an organization supporting post-abortive women.

In recent weeks, the Center for Medical Progress, a (501C) group of citizen journalists dedicated to monitoring and reporting medical ethics and advances, released several under-cover videos.  The 30-month investigative study titled, Human Capital Project clearly reveals Planned Parenthood’s illegal, immoral, inhumane, and barbaric total disregard for God’s gift and the value of human life.  Planned Parenthood has no qualms harvesting and selling aborted body parts and tissue for profit.

Help end abortion, defund Planned Parenthood, and support a respect for human life from conception to natural death. Contact Everett 40 Days for Life at everett40days@gmail.com to pray, fast, and vigil for an end to abortion in our communities. Or, simply show up and pray at Planned Parenthood, 1509 32nd Street, Everett, WA whenever you are available. May the Lord bless you. May you be filled with His holy presence. Now is the time!
Ed

Pregnancy Aid of Snohomish County

Thank you to all who attended the Two Hearts Pregnancy Aid 2nd Annual Auction Dinner on November 3, 2018! Your generous donations continue...