“We’re going to be donating the purses to [Bartow Family Resources],” DeLaughter said. “That way when the ladies come into the center or the families for counseling or needs that need to be addressed, the ladies are offered their choice of a purse and they’ll pick a purse. It’ll be a prayerful purse and there will be Scripture inside of that.
“... To me, it’s just a symbol of hope, something tangible that they’ll be able to look at and use on a daily basis that will remind them that the situation that they’re in now — it might be dire, it might not be so dire — ... that led them to the Resource Center, it doesn’t have to be that way a year from now or a month from now.”
Meeting more than 2,500 needs each year, some of Bartow Family Resources’ offerings include parenting classes, pregnancy education, pre- and post-abortion education, maternity and infant needs, support groups, Adoption Discovery classes and free pregnancy testing.
“We we’re very grateful that they thought about the women that we serve and appreciative,” said Kim Lewis, director for Bartow Family Resources’ Pregnancy & Mentoring Center. “We thought it was a very creative and unique way to be a blessing to [these] women. ... Most of the women that come here are dealing with some type of crisis or discouragement or at the very least just going through a difficult time. So we are constantly looking for ways to encourage them not only in their parenting but just in life. So anything that we can do, anything that comes in by way of donation that we can give to be an extra blessing to them is always well received and appreciated.”
To contribute to this cause, individuals can donate new or gently-used purses to The Salon at Grove Park — 700 Douthit Ferry Road, Suite 720, in Cartersville — from Friday to Dec. 31. The business is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The kick off for the purse drive will occur Friday during The Salon at Grove Park’s open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Along with the salon conducting a drawing for a complimentary haircut valued up to $100, the open house also will feature a free shoulder massage from Licensed Massage Therapist Gloria Scarborough, jewelry for sale from Nancy’s Fancies and a book signing by DeLaughter. Written under her pen name, Liz Moreland, “3T Vision: Truth Triumphs Over Tragedy” originally was published in 2007 by Tate Publishing and Enterprises LLC.
“Back in 2001, I was diagnosed with the most aggressive, fast growing breast cancer — inflammatory breast cancer,” DeLaughter said. “I was 33 years old at the time and married and had a baby [who was] about 15 months old at the time. He’s 13 now. What happened was I had a spiritual awakening. I had been taking baby steps up until that point but that kind of just catapulted me — I had a good friend of mine that led me to the Lord and I had an almost miraculous-type healing.
“I decided to go ahead with the [mastectomy] surgery just to make sure that I had done everything on my part to ... treat the cancer and what happened was I ended up with a very serious complication. They botched an epidural and I ended up paralyzed from the waist down. I guess I spent about seven weeks in their rehab center with physical therapy. They told me I was never going to stand again, let alone walk again, and by the grace of God, I’m doing both.”
Along with DeLaughter’s testimony, “3T Vision: Truth Triumphs Over Tragedy” also contains the spirital journeys of several other women, who overcame adversity.
“Fast forward a few years and God just put it on my heart to write this book,” DeLaughter said. “... So I started to write the first chapter, which was my testimony, and I wanted other women’s testimonies as well. So there’s five additional testimonies in the book.
“They range anywhere from dealing with substance abuse to [a] horrifically abusive childhood, near-death experiences, car wrecks, overcoming the loss of a child. It’s all in there. [I want readers to know] that God is bigger than anything that is happening in your life right now. Even if you don’t feel the presence and you feel alone and in the dark, you’re not.”
For more information about DeLaughter’s book, visit www.tatepublishing.com. The Salon at Grove Park can be reached at 770-383-8704.