Zetas to conduct prematurity awareness events

  • Thursday, November 7, 2013

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. is supporting the March of Dimes campaign to save babies from premature birth.

The Moncks Corner Chapter of Kappa Alpha Zeta members and auxiliaries will conduct programs and other events across Berkeley County during the month of November to that end.

In response to the significant rise in premature births, Zeta members in more than 850 communities across America will conduct prematurity awareness activities in houses of worship and congregations.

Worshipers will learn more about the infant health crisis that nearly a half-million families cope with each year. This year marks the 11th consecutive year of Zeta’s participation by leading this nationwide grassroots campaign.

Here in Berkeley County participating congregations include Day Dawn Baptist Church, Mt. Carmel A.M.E. Church, Good Shepherd R. E., Zion United Methodist, and numerous others. The March of Dimes is leading a World Prematurity Day observance on Sunday, Nov. 17.

Prematurity affects one out of eight babies born in the U.S. today—a rate that has increased 29 percent since 1981. The numbers are even more alarming for African-American babies, who have a one-in-six chance of being born too soon.

In addition to the emotional toll, there is a tangible cost to premature birth. Average hospital charges in the United States for the most severe cases of prematurity were nearly 60 times higher than the charges for newborn stays without complications. Prematurity is the number one killer of newborns (in the first month of life) and many of the babies who survive leave the hospital with lifelong health conditions or developmental disabilities that will place an additional financial burden on the family.

That’s why the March of Dimes is leading a national effort to save babies from premature birth by funding research to find the causes and by supporting local programs that offer hope and help to families with a baby in intensive care.

Founded in 1938, the March of Dimes funds programs of research, community services, education, and advocacy to save babies, and in 2003 launched a national campaign to address the increasing rate of premature birth. For more information, visit the March of Dimes website at marchofdimes.com or its Spanish language website at nacersano.org. For more information on Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. please visit www.zphib1920.org.


Congratulations to the Rev. and Mrs. Aaron Brown on their marriage on Oct. 26 in Charleston.

The Rev. Brown is a son of the Rev. Dr. Leon G. Brown, Moderator of the Antioch Baptist Association, and Mrs. Beverly Brown of Moncks Corner.

The Rev. Aaron Brown is currently pastoring in Orangeburg County.

We are pleased for the happy couple and are sending warm wishes and prayers for a blessed and fulfilled life together.

Keeping in Prayer

Viola Middleton, Ruth Williams, Emily Jones, Vanilla Thompson, Lucille Edwards, Ernestine G. Williams, Ernestine M. Williams, Gracie Williams, Annie Wiggins, Lamont Halback, Louise King, Loretta White, Annie Graves, Dr. Hattie Martin, Noel Smalls, Margie Prioleau, Dorothy Williams, Rufus Smalls, Cousin Alice, Julia Jenkins, Victoria Middleton, Naomi Fashion, Monica Booker, Betty Ravenell, Barbara Manigault, Hazel Crawford, Dorothy Williams, Elder Jeremiah Washington, Annie L. Crawford, Patricia Casey, George Casey, Jr., Mable Dingle, Clausie Williams, Lillie Williams, Bertha Lee Williams, Norma Ketchum, Shirley Cleveland, Christine Manigault, and all others in need of prayer.


We express our deepest sympathy to the family of the late Deloris Montgomery. Our thoughts and prayers are with them now, and will continue as we stand with them during these difficult days.

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