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Two fundraising drives are currently under way for Heartbeat of Toledo’s new East Toledo location, set to open 101 Main St. this winter. The organization’s main location is at 4041 W. Sylvania, Suite LL4, Toledo.

Founded in 1971, Heartbeat provides information and support to women facing pregnancies and assists moms, dads and babies in need.

The goal of one of the fundraisers is to raise money for operating expenses, while the second is raising funds for an ultrasound machine for the new location.

To date, $187,000 of the $300,000 goal has been raised or pledged for the new office as part of Heartbeat’s “Caring Hearts for East Toledo” campaign. The target goal is expected to cover three years’ worth of operating costs according to Pat Todak, executive director of Heartbeat.

“After the initial three years, we expect to have grown our budget to cover the costs of the new location,” Todak said.

The second campaign, being conducted by the Knights of Columbus, is raising funds for an ultrasound machine. The goal is to raise $13,500, which will then be matched by their national organization.

Bob Boyer, Grand Knight of the Maumee St. Joseph Council is coordinating the campaign for the Knights of Columbus.

Contributions may be made online at the Heartbeat of Toledo website, www.heartbeatoftoledo.org, or by mail at Heartbeat at 4041 W. Sylvania Ave., Suite LL4, Toledo, OH, 43623.

Checks for the Caring Hearts for East Toledo campaign should be made out to Heartbeat of Toledo with East Toledo written in the memo line. Donations for the ultrasound campaign should be made out to K of C Ultrasound and mailed to the Heartbeat office.

Questions regarding the Caring Hearts for East Toledo campaign can be directed to Heartbeat at 419-241-9131. Questions regarding the Knights of Columbus Ultrasound Drive can be directed to Boyer at 419-893-4028.

At the new office, Heartbeat will offer free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds and confidential options counseling as well as prenatal and parenting classes. “Relationship Smarts” and a “Just for Dads” program are also planned. New and expectant moms and dads who complete the classes/programs will earn points, which can be used to get free baby items.

“We take occupancy of the new space in January of 2014,” Mrs. Todak adds. “Our actual opening will depend on when the new ultrasound arrives.”

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