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Centier Bank Donates $1,000 to Infant Loss Nonprofit to Help Families

May 3, 2021

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. — Centier Bank recently presented a $1,000 community donation to St. John-based nonprofit, Love, Jessica. The organization helps those who have experienced infant loss by financially assisting families with medical and funeral expenses after experiencing a miscarriage or stillbirth.

After founder, Jennifer Jara lost her daughter, Jessica, at 27 weeks gestation, she wanted to help support other families in their healing and alleviate the financial burden. She launched Love, Jessica in July 2014.

“We have helped families who have lost a pregnancy at six weeks gestation up to 40 weeks gestation,” Jara explained. “We have helped families in 22 different states and have funded nearly $16,000 to 62 families.”

The average hospital bill for a stillbirth is $7,500. This does not include doctor’s appointments before delivery, ultrasounds, or anything other than the delivery at the hospital. Jara said there are so many costs associated with a stillbirth or a late miscarriage, and it is generally more expensive than a live birth.

The organization is holdings its first fundraiser this Mother’s Day by selling heart lapel pins for mothers who have experienced infant loss. Love, Jessica, also offers support to families by letting them know they are not alone in their grief. Melissa Contrucci, Special Events Coordinator at Centier Bank, said Jennifer is an inspiration.

“In life, we cannot control what happens to us,” Contrucci said. “However, we can control how we respond and what we do when we feel at our lowest. Jennifer is an amazing example of how someone can transform sorrow and pain into a level of positivity that impacts countless others.”

Contrucci said Centier is proud to help Love, Jessica raise awareness about how infant loss affects women and families.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the tremendous support the organization is providing to families across the country,” Contrucci said.

From 2016-2020, the Bank’s community impact across Indiana was valued at a total of $11,055,978. The finding came out of a study examining several areas of corporate philanthropy including volunteerism, donations, and internal fundraising which quantified Centier Bank’s impact on local organizations and communities at large.

For more information about Love, Jessica, go to love-jessica.org.

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