We have gotten our chance to say goodbye to Charlie. We know that many who follow the blog, as well as many who are a part of our daily lives want to know about a memorial service. We appreciate it so very much, however, we have chosen to keep it among family. Many people also would like to know how to help or contribute. After discussion, we have decided three ways that you can help:
First, there is an organization called Saving Little Hearts. They make care packages for families going in for CHD surgeries. We ask that if you choose to donate money somewhere, please sponsor a care package for families out there. Go to www.savinglittlehearts.com and click on 'You Can Help' then 'Sponsor a Care Package'. We never got a chance to need one for Charlie, but there are many kids out there who could use a little extra love during a difficult and scary time.
Second, look up your local Ronald McDonald House. Don't necessarily donate money - but find other ways to give to them. Make some packed lunches for the families, or cook a dinner for them. It was a blessing to come home after a hard day at the hospital and have a home cooked meal ready for us prepared by wonderful, caring people. If you don't have the time, donate some canned goods or easy to make food to stock up their kitchen - another blessing during our three weeks there.
Third, and last - please continue to share Charlie's story. It didn't end the way we had hoped. However, we wouldn't have changed a thing. We were thrown into the world of CHD kind of blindly - we thought it was an immediate death sentence for our boy. Even though he didn't make it, it wasn't the CHD that took his life. There is so much hope, and if just one single person can read this story and find hope and strength, this blog will have done its part.
Thank you all so much for your continued prayers, love, and support. We will continue the blog, as we still are the Baer Bunch - it may just take us a little time to get into it again.
Lots and lots of love,
Josh, Mina and Noah