St. Michael Parish in Augusta recently held a collection for items and financial assistance for the Open Arms Pregnancy Center in Augusta, which offers encouragement and support to pregnant women and young families.

The donation drive led to 5,381 diapers, nearly 300 large packages of wipes, an assortment of outfits and clothes, toys, new and slightly used pack n’ plays, bibs, rash ointments, and more than $500 in cash.

All of the proceeds have been delivered to Open Arms, according to a news release from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland.

“This is almost a year’s worth of diapers and wipes,” said Pat Bonney, director of Open Arms. “I am so grateful to the parishioners. This is just a tremendous blessing to me and our clients.”

The initiative also included a virtual session exploring the topic of upholding the dignity of human life from conception to natural death. It is scheduled to feature a prayer service focused on the theme at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, at St. Mary Church on 41 Western Ave. in Augusta.

All are welcome to gather at the service. For more information, call the parish at 207-623-8823.

For further details about Open Arms, visit openarmspc.org.