Plants for Patients expands outreach

FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - 2,000 cards and counting.

"To me, it seems like a very simple, compassionate idea around an obviously touchy subject for a lot of people," says Matt Brunsvold.

He's one of those letter writers and says he wants lessons in compassion like these to have a lasting impact his son.

"He's my only kid. He's 9, and I've been able to see him model a lot of the things that I do. And so I have to be careful. But then I also want to do the things that I would want him to do when he grows up," Brunsvold says.

The letters are given to every woman who has an abortion at the Red River Women's Clinic. And thanks to more outreach and events - more people are joining Brunsvold.

"I think with the way society is right now, a lot of people are looking to like how they can do good. And how they can promote peace and kindness," says Monica Gelinske, the Director of Operations for Plants for Patients.

Letter writers say their efforts bring a sense of balance to the abortion debate.

"I think there is a lot of anger down at the clinic and it is such a divisive issue for people that the people who do choose to go to that clinic - I support that right," says Brunsvold.

But the group isn't only for those who are pro-choice.

"I can still be pro-life and write a note of compassion. I can still believe that every child should be born and still plant a plant. It has nothing to do with the personal judgment on that woman it's just sending out some positive vibes and some healing love," says Gelinske.

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