Students for Human Life sponsors Abria Common Basket


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BSM’s Common Basket is held aloft, awaiting donations from the student body.

Isabella Fries, Staff Writer

Students for Human Life sponsored the December common basket for Abria, a nonprofit organization that offers a safe, non-judgmental environment for women with an unexpected pregnancy. 

The idea of Abria was first brought to the attention of the club by junior Abby Dick. Dick first heard about Abria because of their annual Life is Wonderful walk every May. In addition, Abby’s church does an Advent tree for Abria each year. “I wanted to do something like that [advent tree for Abria] here at BSM but didn’t want to copy what our church does. Because we have a common basket, I thought that it would be a perfect way to collect for Abria,” Dick said.

The Students for Human Life club members and Mr. Matt Brounstein, the club advisor, got behind the concept and proposed it to the student council. “It was really all the students in the club; they got behind the idea, proposed it to campus ministry and we worked together to make it happen,” Brounstein said. 

Both the club members and Brounstein supports Abria because it is a local, free resource, and a judgement-free space. In addition, Abria is both a short-term and long-term source of help. “I support Abria because the work that they do is incredibly important. They help new mothers support themselves and their babies,” sophomore Stella Ordahl said.

The Students for Human Life club thinks it is very important that the BSM community donates to this cause even if students missed the common basket collection. “If you weren’t able to give during the common basket but felt you wanted to, check out the Abria website,” Brounstein said.