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Luncheon to celebrate love of life

Cary Ashby • May 11, 2019 at 2:00 PM

The public is invited to the Luncheon for the Love of Life.

The pro-life event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. May 25 at the large shelter at Veterans Memorial Lake Park. A free-will offering will be available.

Event organizer Marlane Cox said the purpose of the luncheon is to raise money for baby, birthday and backpack “blessings” for people in need and for women who are in a “crisis pregnancy” to know what options and resources are available. The Luncheon for the Love of Life also will include music and people sharing their stories.

“If we (raise) money, that’s great, but at least we will have reached people,” Cox said.

One of the activities will be painting 57 rocks. Cox said those rocks — representing the 57 lives lost to abortion each day in Ohio — will decorate a dogwood tree that will be planted at McGuan Park. That event will be about 5:30 p.m. May 31.

“The rocks will be scattered around the tree,” Cox said.

Sponsoring the luncheon is The Love Bus, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization focused on reaching out to people in need.

“Our whole motto is creating community through the love of Jesus Christ,” said Cox, who started the “mobile ministry” in early 2018.

A goal is for different churches to join the Love Bus ministry for the purpose of community-oriented activities. Members of The Foundation Church in Norwalk have participated in some of the events with Cox and her family.

Cox isn’t just a woman who passionate about being pro-life and helping others. She had an abortion when she was 16 years old.

“My baby would be 24 right now. He might have had children by now,” Cox said.

Abortion impacts many more people than just the mother, she added. Cox used examples of abortion doctors, nurses and parents.

“It really does impact generations,” she said. “My parents were with me that day (of the abortion). The impact it had on them was visible.”

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