Help a Family Purchase a Headstone for their Baby's Grave

For: Purposely kept anonymous
Organizer: Kelli Barr-Lyles
Help a Family Purchase a Headstone for their Baby's Grave (Purposely kept anonymous)
of $1,500 goal
68% Complete
Raised by 26 donors
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The Story

If you have been my Facebook friend for a while, you may remember that a few years ago, I was in search of some holiday spirit and decided to start a fundraiser for a local family in need.  The response was INCREDIBLE.  And you, my friends, gave such joy to a family who really needed it, and to me as well.

I've wanted to do another fundraiser for the past couple of years, but the right recipient never presented themselves.  Until yesterday.

I have met a family who lost their 2nd son to SIDS this past May.  He was born in December last year.  This has been an incredibly rough several months and the holiday season is going to be even more difficult.  This is a family who would never ask for anything.  They are givers.  However, they still do not have a headstone for their son's grave.  And it's painful for them.  At this time, they just don't have the money for the purchase.  

So, this is where we come in.  I would like to gather $1500 in donations to present to them before their son's birthday just before Christmas so they can go out and purchase the perfect headstone for their son.

Will you help me?  I can't give you their names as I know this is something they would never ask for and I want to respect that.  But I WILL share their reaction with you.  And I will provide any information they feel comfortable with me giving after I present them with the check.

As I did a couple of years ago, I'm simply asking you to trust me.  If you've known me for a long time (or even a short time), I hope you know my passion for people.  You might also know my problem with being a holiday scrooge.  Contributing to this campaign will provide such an impact on both those things for me.  :)

But the bottom line is that it is not about me.  It is about a family who is struggling with incredible pain.  And the simple act of having a headstone for their son could provide a sense of peace they do not have right now.

So, if you are looking for a way to give this holiday season, please consider even just a $5 donation to this campaign.  I am starting the donations with my own amount, but if every one of my FB friends donated $5 in addition to my donation, we would raise $1205.  That doesn't meet my goal, but it is still a significant donation and would buy a nice headstone.  I put in $1500 just because that would cover a nice, personalized headstone, but I will be happy with anything we can provide to them to make a dent in the purchase.

I've got just under 6 weeks to raise this money, so I may blow up your FB feed.  Feel free to block me if this isn't something you are interested in.  But if it speaks to your heart, I'd be honored if you would join in this campaign to provide this family with something that would mean the world to them.

Thanks for your consideration.  :) ~ Kelli

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on January 18, 2017

Posted on January 18, 2017

Finally, an update for all of you!  I had planned to give a check to this family before Christmas.  Due to various circumstances, I didn't see them until today.  And was finally able to provide them with a check for $1030.  Suffice it to say, there were tears all around.  This is  HUGE deal for this family.  This ability to buy a headstone is a big step in their grieving process.  Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you to all of you who donated and sent good thoughts to this family.  What a blessing it was to be able to hand over this check today.  Thank you for entrusting me with your hard-earned money and for donating to a family you will never know.  You are all incredible!  :)

On a side note, this whole campaign has inspired a desire in me to start a foundation (or something) to help provide headstones for families who lose children.  I have no idea how to even go about starting this, but if any of you reading this have some knowledge, I'd love if you could e-mail me at [email protected]  I feel strongly that this is the next step in this entire campaign.  

Thank you again to all of you!  You made such an enormous difference in the lives of this family!  :)

Posted on December 9, 2016

Posted on December 9, 2016

A HUGE thank you to every one who has donated to this campaign.  I simply cannot thank you enough.  Some of you I know, some of you are strangers.  But this family is unknown to all of you and each of you has donated simply based on their story.  It absolutely means the world to me.  There are 8 days left in this campaign.  We just went over $1000!  The idea of handing this family a check for $1000 brings tears to my eyes.   

All of you who have donated are providing such an amazing gift for this family.  Thank You!  Thank You!  Thank You!  From the bottom of my heart!

Posted on November 25, 2016

Posted on November 25, 2016

This campaign just went over the 1/2 way point thanks to a large anonymous donation.  I am literally in tears.
Oh...and a quick side note, You Caring takes a small percentage of each donation. I am taking care of that fee. You can be assured that EVERY penny you donate goes directly to this family. :)
THANK YOU to this anonymous donor today and to each and every one of you who has donated and/or shared this link and to those of you who have sent good thoughts this family's way. Not only are you providing something amazing for a deserving family, you're giving me that warm, cozy, holiday spirit that I generally have to hunt pretty hard for each year.
In a year of opposing opinions and political arguments where people seem to be sitting in their corners protecting their viewpoints, THIS campaign right here is an example of how the world is, and always will be, an amazing place filled with loving, kind-hearted, giving human beings.

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