Tuesday, March 24, 2009

"How can I help?"

So many have asked how they can help MckMama and her family during this difficult time and so I've set up a Care Calendar to help coordinate meals for the family. MckMama is coordinating childcare on her end, but you can contact me for the rest. Please leave me a comment in this message and I will contact you with more information on the Care Calendar as soon as I am able. Please be sure I can get in touch with you through your blog and/or an email address.

Thank you for covering my dear friend and her family with prayers!



Anonymous March 24, 2009 at 4:52 PM  

That is very nice of you to do. That is what I miss about living in a small town! Wish I could help in that way...but I will just continue to say our prayers over here!

Cathy March 24, 2009 at 4:52 PM  

Oh how I wish I could be a part of that! ...but living on the West Coast is keeping me from these acts of service.

Of course, I will continue to be on my knees in prayer, but I was wondering if there is an address that I could send something to. I know you probably can't give out their exact address, but is there ANY address that we can send something to so that it would eventually get there. Or is this a no no?:)

Thank you!

Jenney March 24, 2009 at 4:55 PM  

Do you have a way to post that on her blog as well? You are a great friend. Sorry I live so far away or I'd SO make her kiddos some food.

Domestically Disabled Girl March 24, 2009 at 5:02 PM  

Well, I do live in the area, and I am more than willing to help. Let me know anything I can do. If she needs gift cert, for food, ect, I can do that, or whatever!
Very nice of you to coordinate!

Domestically Disabled Girl March 24, 2009 at 5:02 PM  

my email is ect1112@gmail.com

lots_of_love_four_kids March 24, 2009 at 5:04 PM  

HI Carrie-
I am in. Whatever they need. - childcare or food. I'm pretty sure that you have my email- or you can contact me through my blog.

talk to you soon!

Ethan, Zach, and Emma's Mom March 24, 2009 at 5:14 PM  

I'll keep up with prayers on my end. I would like to do another prayer vigil, though. Could you run it by MckMama? Thanks. I'll e-mail you soon.

Stephanie March 24, 2009 at 5:17 PM  

I've never before wished I lived in the Frozen Tundra until now. I would love to help MckMama since she has been so open about her family and faith with us.

I'm with Cathy, is there an address those of us from out of town could send cards, monetary donations and/or gift cards to?

My email is sdridgell@gmail.com

Jodi March 24, 2009 at 5:20 PM  

I would love to help, but being in Indiana kind of limits the help I can give. However, I want to send something (gift card, gas card, etc)and was wondering where I could send it to. Thanks!

Suzi March 24, 2009 at 5:30 PM  

I too live a ways away but was wondering if there is anywhere that has a food delivery service or would gift certificates sent to you to give care givers work? If there are people going in and out, I would be happy to arrange for meals to be picked up. Obviously I could not hand deliver them myself but would love to call in and pay over the phone or have something delivered. Do you have any suggestions as to how we could make something like that work? I know she has talked about grocery drive thrus and things like that. I am open for whatever you think might work for those of us who are not in close proximity. You can contact me on my blog comments or email me at jsguerra@consolidated.net
Please let me know if there is anything at all those of us not living near can do for her. I know those things mean a lot to families with children in the hospital, we have been one of those families on several occasions. Thanks again for all you are doing.

amanda March 24, 2009 at 6:35 PM  

i'd love to help out as well. we live a few too many hours away, all the way on the other side of wisconsin, but would love to help with a gc or something. my email should show up with this comment. thanks so much!!

Scott March 24, 2009 at 6:42 PM  

I'm in! I live a couple blocks from the hospital Stellan is at. Maybe I could bring something to MckMama. I could drop it off at the the desk for her and they could give it to her. I am also more than willing to make something for the family too. Let me know whatever is most helpful.

Scott March 24, 2009 at 6:43 PM  

The comment from Scott is me. Scott is my husband. My name is Kari.

--R. March 24, 2009 at 7:05 PM  

Hi Carrie, Thanks so much for putting this together!! I love your blog, AND the blog to books you've made, SO awesome. Unfortunately, I live too far to bring food to MckMama's family, but would love to send a card/gift card. My email is chronicles of raw @ gmail. com (without the spaces, of course). Thanks again!


Nikki March 24, 2009 at 7:07 PM  

I live here in the cities and offered on Mckmama's blog to bring her food. I have no idea how to email her about child care, but I could TOTALLY help with that too. I live closest to the hospital, but could deliver food to her family's house starting friday...but I can deliver to the hospital WEDS or thurs. My email is nikkersmarie@hotmail.com or you can comment on my blog...I don't really blog that often, but I will check it for you.

Pam March 24, 2009 at 7:36 PM  

Hey Carrie,
I'm among those who do not live near you guys but would love to help out by way of gift card for meals, having something delivered and just plain send them a card.

I'm up for whatever is needed. You can comment through my blog or Hilary has my email address (and may still have my address and phone # from a package I just sent her). Just let me know.

Thanks for helping!

J March 24, 2009 at 7:45 PM  

I would like to be able to send a restaurant gift card. I'm pretty sure that I'm not within a feasible driving distance to drop anything off. I'm in Ohio - which while it is cold, the frozen tundra it's not. Just let me know where to send it. My email is jcook@unoh.edu or jlc06865@yahoo.com


tjandjmkahrs March 24, 2009 at 7:51 PM  

I would like to send her/the family a card and some meal cards. But I was wondering if you could also give us a list of the nearest places she would be able to get to. Or if I could send you cash that can be put on a card for the cafe. at the hospital, or just cash, if she rather not leave. Let me know tjandjmkahrs@gmail.com.

Alexandra's Mommy March 24, 2009 at 7:51 PM  

Let me know what I can do, send me an email! You have it! I am willing to do whatever but I am not the best cook! I can order something for them or what not!! Just let me know!

Jessie March 24, 2009 at 7:52 PM  

I too would like to send a restaurant or grocery store card to the family. Kansas is too far away to cook a meal and get it to them. Wish I could do more. My email is jwagoner@cableone.net. Thanks so much for organizing all this!

The Polzin's March 24, 2009 at 8:03 PM  

I just discovered MacMama's blog today, but would love to help if I can. Where in the "frozen tundra" do they live? I live 20 min. south of Minneapolis. If I'm close by I'd love to help out. Email me at marjenr@bethel.edu. THanks!


Heather March 24, 2009 at 8:39 PM  

I would love to send some gift certs.


Jodi March 24, 2009 at 8:48 PM  

i have an idea, but would like to email you about it...could you contact me and let me know how to send you an email? thanks!

Sonya March 24, 2009 at 9:02 PM  

I would love to send them a card or something since I dont live in their area. Can you email me at redsonyablade@yahoo.com


Amanda Sikes March 24, 2009 at 9:06 PM  

I don't live local so I can't help with meals but I would love to include my kids in a project of boxes for the other kids and cards for MckMama. Can I get an address to send them to? Thanks for helping. We are praying God's peace over the family during this time.

Tracy L March 24, 2009 at 9:26 PM  

I'm local and can help out. My email is tracylucco@hotmail.com.

Laura March 24, 2009 at 9:39 PM  

I am also local and would love to help if I can!

The Johnsons March 24, 2009 at 9:41 PM  

I would like to send a gift card. Please let me know where to send it! Thanks, Jaci

Tracy March 24, 2009 at 10:01 PM  

I would love to help out any way I can. Email me. btstuewe@msn.com

Reese March 24, 2009 at 10:05 PM  

I would love to send a gift card for whatever I can to help out also. I live in Washington State, so I'm not sure what selection is there compared to here...suggestions would be great!
You can email me at kellynnsmom@gmail.com
Thank you so much for doing this for the MckFamily!
Many blessings!

Juls March 24, 2009 at 10:31 PM  

I am not in the area either... But am more than willing to also send $$ to help someone else "make a meal" or a gift certificate.... crazeescotts@msn.com

LMP March 24, 2009 at 10:40 PM  

What can I do to help? I am in AZ so I can't drop anything off or offer to help with child care but I would like to do something if I can and if it is needed. I don't want to overwhelm with things they don't want or need. They have enough going on right now. I am open to suggestions and eager to do what I can.


Carol March 24, 2009 at 10:51 PM  

I've posted prayer requests at Splitcoast Stampers, a rubber stamping forum where I spend most of my time. A couple people asked me if there was an address to shower the family with uplifting cards. Do you know if there's a PO Box they could be sent to?

Create Joy Design Team March 24, 2009 at 11:15 PM  

I live in Texas, but would love to send a gift card, money, or whatever else I can as well. My email address is jaclynhatcher@yahoo.com, if you could please email me their address, I would really appreciate it!

Still praying,

Anonymous March 25, 2009 at 12:45 AM  

Hi Carrie,

I live in Mississippi and would love to be able to help out monetarily either with a gift card to a restaurant or store or perhaps a check to help with medical bills. My e-mail address is shelleypburge@aol.com

Anonymous March 25, 2009 at 12:55 AM  

I live in SC but would love to help, perhaps by sending a gift card or ordering food from a site such as Williams-Sonoma. adrianereynolds@bellsouth.net

Brooke March 25, 2009 at 12:58 AM  

I am in SoCal but would love to send something. You can email me at inkstainsandfingerprints@gmail.com

Atousa March 25, 2009 at 1:02 AM  

I am in a western suburb of the Twin Cities and would love to bring meals down to the hospital or to the family, run errands or do ANYTHING to help MckMama's family. I am available at most anytime (even late nights)and just feel the NEED to help out this beautiful family. Please e-mail me anytime at
Paulson2005@comcast.net and I will give you my number and you can let me know what the families needs are. I WANT to help. I look forward to hearing from you!


mommy to Brayden,Cailyn and Brynn


Rebecca March 25, 2009 at 1:26 AM  

What a great idea! I'm not near and wish I could do more, but I will keep Stellan and his family in my prayers.

Crystal March 25, 2009 at 1:54 AM  

I live in Texas, but would love to help any way I can. Please let me know if there is anything I can do.

Also, I made the prayer button for Stellan, please let me know if you need the grab code area code if you would like to place that anywhere. I can also do other graphic work if needed. Please let me know if you need any help at all.

Crystal (heart mommy)

Bryan and Emily March 25, 2009 at 2:09 AM  

I too live in the "frozen tundra", in Cottage Grove(between St. Paul and Hudson). Would love to help out in some way. Errands, food, whatever, just let me know.

Emily Mueller
Mueller3699 @ q.com

GodseySix March 25, 2009 at 2:32 AM  

What a wonderful idea you have here. Could you send me an address or PO Box where I could send a gc? That's probably as much as I could do from Memphis TN.


deb8able March 25, 2009 at 4:22 AM  

I would love to send a gift certificate. My email is deb8able@aol.com

Alex March 25, 2009 at 5:17 AM  


Is there an address where I could send a card, gift card and a present I am working on for Stellan?

Please contact me at alexis.vieira1@gmail.com

Thanks. And what a helpful thing you are doing

Faith Hope Love Mama March 25, 2009 at 5:50 AM  

I live in Lakeville. I could send a meal that maybe they could freeze for whenever, get groceries, send a gift card, have a meal delivered to the hospital (my dear friend is a nurse up at Children's). My two oldest kiddos are in school during the day and I'm home with my son so I'm pretty available to run. My e-mail is anwilkie@charter.net. Let me know. Thanks.

Brittany Ritter March 25, 2009 at 6:05 AM  

I'm a frozen tundra girl, so let me know how to help! I around almost all the time, so let me know if I can bake supper or help in some other way. Thanks for organizing this!


The Swann's March 25, 2009 at 6:41 AM  

Thank you so much for coordinating this!!! I'm centralized among the continuous states so my only option is to send something. I would love to send a card as well as maybe a gift card to a restaurant or just a Visa so they can spend as they need... What is their favorite eats?

Thank you again!



Sheryl March 25, 2009 at 6:55 AM  

Hi, how great that they have friends like you. Wish I could help in person but logistically impossible.

Didn't know if you were aware of a website that generates meal calendars where others can go in and sign up for their date. It is awesome. I used it in helping friends who had been through a fire.


Let me know if there is any way that I could help from a distance.

dsmoerdyk@sbcglobal.net (should be able to reach me through my blog as well)

Joanni March 25, 2009 at 6:58 AM  

Hi Carrie,

I am not from your area, but I would love to help out mckmamma and her family in any way I can. Could you please offer suggestions as to what they would need?

My email address is joannitaylor@flash.net

Lifting Stellan up in prayer!!!!

Thank you!

The Q family March 25, 2009 at 7:02 AM  

I would also love to help in any way possible. I am not in the area, but am willing to help with food cards, gas cards, or any other expenses they may be facing right now. My email is cmtd2jc@hotmail.com . I have been and will continue to be praying for Stellan and for Jennifer and family. Please feel free to suggest anything else that could be helpful at this time. Thank you for taking your time and coordinating all of this! Did you have any idea this was going to be such a big job?! You are a great friend!

Jenn March 25, 2009 at 7:08 AM  

Thanks Carrie for doing this for Jennifer...you're a wonderful friend. I think I speak for most of us "out-of-staters" when I say that we'd be more than willing to make a small donation towards the cost of food, if you could give us a PO box or a link to pay it through...just throwing it out there.

Again, thank you!


Mr. March 25, 2009 at 7:19 AM  

I would love to help out! I live on the west side of the cities. I stay at home, so I'm pretty flexible with when I can help! Please let me know what I can do! Thanks for coordinating this!



shana March 25, 2009 at 7:22 AM  

Thanks so much for coordinating this . . . I imagine it's a tad overwhelming. Anyhow, I would be thrilled to be able to help in whatever way would be most helpful. I'm in the twin cities if that is useful info for you.
Shana & Family

Allmykids123 March 25, 2009 at 7:25 AM  

Please let me know if there is anything we followers can do that live out of state. Something.. anything? I know there are lots of us out here who love little Stellan like he is our own. Thank you for coordinating this.. you are a wonderful friend!!

Queen Mommy March 25, 2009 at 7:30 AM  

I am local, and would happily take food to the hospital or do whatever I can to help out. My dd has spent many months of her life at Children's, and I have some idea what Jennifer is going through right now. My email is rtrana@comcast.net
Thank you for coordinating this!

Mrs. K March 25, 2009 at 7:31 AM  

I, too, would love to help long distance with gift cards or grocery cards. Please let me know how I can help by emailing me at jen koval @ sbcglobal. net (remove all spaces). Thanks for putting this together!

kate nowak March 25, 2009 at 7:31 AM  

i know that the problem of stellan's diaper rash is low on the priority list, but i thought i might be able to help...when we had horrible diaper rash due to stress/too many meds, we used equal parts liquid mylanta and desitin in the tub (any THICK paste with zinc oxide will do). it makes a huge mess, but the antacid in the mylanta cuts the burn on their little bums and and the thick cream helps it stay on.

also, i would like to send them a card or something if you would let me know where to send it.
my email is : katenowakistan @ gmail dot com

CIRCLE OF LIFE March 25, 2009 at 7:32 AM  

Hello , God bless you for doing this kind event , God loves when we all pull together and pray and prasie him above . He would love the sweet heart and kind way's and your helping hand and will bless you abuntly and praise you all the way.

I'm a reader and i'll say a friend of mck mama we read each other's blogs and e-mail one another from time to time. I 'm praying for this sweet family and for my fighter baby that would be stellan. It is in God's hands and he will guide us to in teh direction he wants this to go . He is a healer and I will prasie him and pray and ask him to heal stellan completely.

I live in coral springs fla pretty far from you all however if you can think of a way that I can send a gift card to you or a money order or call a local resturant to provide food for the family please let me know . and i will get in touch with you and we can set something up . love and praises . michelle .

Jill March 25, 2009 at 7:42 AM  

Hello! Thank you so very much for helping out MckMamma and family during this time.
I live in Maryland but would be more than willing to send a gas card, grocery card, restaurant card, whatever might be helpful.

Melissa@MamaMonoblogs March 25, 2009 at 7:43 AM  

Hi! Very sweet of you to do this. I live in MA so, obviously, not local :o) I would love to send an encouraging card and a gift card for Target or somewhere where she can get any supplies she might need to get through the day. Can I please have an address? Also, I'm lifting Stellan and the MckFamily up in prayer. Thanks for your time and work on this!


Aimee March 25, 2009 at 8:07 AM  

I am not too far away and would love to help.
Email: lexusinmn AT gmail.com Be sure to fix the spaces and replace the AT with @.

EK March 25, 2009 at 8:10 AM  

I'm a local gal as well. Please let me know what I can do to help...errands, cleaning, food delivery/grocery shopping. Whatever.


Amanda Stanley March 25, 2009 at 8:14 AM  

I would also like to be able to send a gift card - either to a specific restaurant, Target, generic Visa card. My email is amanda.r.stanley@gmail.com, and my name is Amanda. This is wonderful that you are coordinating this for the family, and our prayers are continuing.

Rusty and Tara March 25, 2009 at 8:16 AM  

Hi MamaBear,
It's Rustin from TheBlogFrog. We would definitely like to do something for MckMama. Will you send me an email at rustin@theblogfrog.com . Thanks for organizing this, you are a good friend.

Anonymous March 25, 2009 at 8:17 AM  

We would like to send a baby blanket to Stellan. Please let me know where to send it? erin@candyblast.com
Thank you so much!

Amy Lynn March 25, 2009 at 8:18 AM  

Hi Carrie,

I have MckMama's addresses (at home and at the hospital), but I'm not sure what to send that hasn't been covered. Please let me know!


Becca March 25, 2009 at 8:21 AM  

Hi! I would love to know if any address is available to send the MckFamily a card and/or gift card for dinner! Thanks!


Julia March 25, 2009 at 8:23 AM  

Hello, I would love to bring a meal. Please let me know. :)


Chris March 25, 2009 at 8:25 AM  

I am local - proximity, not mentality - and would love to help. Please contact me via my blog or at ryryrox at mchsi dot com

Amanda March 25, 2009 at 8:27 AM  

I live in the area and can bring food or whatever support is needed. Just let me know. Thanks for your help!!

God bless-

Anonymous March 25, 2009 at 8:30 AM  

I don't live nearby but would love to send money or a gift card or ANYTHING. Please email me and let me know how I can help! In the meantime, praying praying praying!
My email is:

from Juliet in NJ

wermit March 25, 2009 at 8:32 AM  

I sure would love to help. I do live in Wisconsin (near Madison) but I'm not sure if I'm close enough to help. I'd love to offer any support I can.

Thank you!



Anonymous March 25, 2009 at 8:35 AM  

Hi there I found out about MckMamma through a friend and though I am not local I would love to send gift cards/cards. slj41380@ptd.net Thanks so much


Barclay Kathryn March 25, 2009 at 8:40 AM  

I don't know how I could possibly help but if you think of something please, please let me! I would really like to do something to help! vinclaycard@yahoo.com

Anonymous March 25, 2009 at 8:43 AM  

I would love to help.
my email is


TracyR March 25, 2009 at 8:47 AM  

I live near by as well and would love to help out where I can.

You can email me tracy_ritter@msn.com


Anonymous March 25, 2009 at 8:51 AM  

I'm on the West Coast, but would be glad to send a GC...

Thanks for doing this for them!

jennyjuanita at hotmail.com

Hilliard March 25, 2009 at 8:52 AM  

I'd love to help, but I'm in IL. Although I was thinking I could help by sending a gift card to, let's say, Chipotle or Subway. If you think this would be helpful, please e-mail me at nicttfn24@juno.com to let me know where I can send it.

- Nickie

MomToMany March 25, 2009 at 8:54 AM  

Hi, I'm in California, however I'd love to send gift cards for a restaurant. My e-mail is www.momtomanycmw@yahoo.com. thanks, Cindy

Loni March 25, 2009 at 9:03 AM  

Hi i'm to far away in Pa to prepare a meal but would love to send a gift card and a little something for Stellan! Could you please let me know how to go about that!

Loni March 25, 2009 at 9:04 AM  

Sorry forget to add my email address allieran3@aol.com

Cari March 25, 2009 at 9:06 AM  

I would like to send a gift card to help towards meals and/or send a meal through a delivery service. chudkins@tpg.com

Megan March 25, 2009 at 9:14 AM  

I live in Texas and can't be physically there to help with anything, but I would like to send a restaurant gift card or anything else that you think will help. I know that a lot of people have volunteered to mail food gift cards, so if there is anything you think would be more beneficial, please let me know. Would you please email me the mailing address at megan.light@gmail.com?

Lori in MN March 25, 2009 at 9:14 AM  

Angelina's Kitchen in Woodbury does great meals and would be a place for people to contact to have meals prepared. I don't know exactly where MckMama is around the cities so it may or may not be convenient. Just a thought for those who are far away that would like to help with meals.

Maggie March 25, 2009 at 9:20 AM  

I can easily drop something off or send some food to the house. All I need is an address!


Lisa March 25, 2009 at 9:38 AM  

I'd love to help out with restaurant gift cards. Please email me with an address and any suggestions you may have.

Anonymous March 25, 2009 at 9:48 AM  

I too would love to send a restuarant gift card. Can you give us places that are near them, etc. Also, an address to send the gift card too?

My email address is: julietkilo@yahoo.com

Thanks so much!

McFarland Family March 25, 2009 at 9:51 AM  

You are amazing for doing this. I would love to help this wonderful family. I live in Texas, but am willing to do whatever you need.

Anonymous March 25, 2009 at 9:57 AM  

If you're still in need of any help for MckMama and family, please let me know. I'm in the area.
Megan in Medina

Kerri March 25, 2009 at 10:01 AM  

I would like to send a grocery or restaurant card. Please let me know which would be best and where to send it.
-Kerri Welsh
living in TX far from Frozen Tundra

Stephanie March 25, 2009 at 10:06 AM  

Hi, i live in Michigan and would love to help out in any way I can. A restaurant gift card, grocery gift card - anything. Please send me an address of where to I can send this too

sjnorton @ mail.com

Shannon March 25, 2009 at 10:07 AM  

Carrie, thanks for loving your friend in such a way. I would like to send restraunt gift cards, pizza gift cards to help the caregivers feed the kids easily w/o leaving the house...and do you all have takeout taxi? How about grocery stores Jen uses (I know how organic she seems to be). My heart hurts for all of them, and I know God is allowing us to be the hands and feet of the body for her right now. Please let me know where to send things for them and how to help. I would also like to send some "fun" stuff for the mckids to help keep them busy...little hands are ALWAYS busy!

Aileigh March 25, 2009 at 10:08 AM  

Is there anything I can do from afar? Please let me know. Thanks!


Sheri March 25, 2009 at 10:18 AM  

I would love to help. I am not 100% sure where they are in the frozen tundra, but I live in the southwest suburbs, so I am sure I am not too far away. Please let me know what kind of help you are looking for. I could do the gift cards, but if there is anything else that I can physically do please let me know.
Thank you for coordinating!

Anonymous March 25, 2009 at 10:24 AM  

I also do not live close but feel led to give. If I could give in any other way (gift cards, check, etc.) please contact me - bob_shaneylynde@hotmail.com

Bless you.
Shaney Lynde

Laura March 25, 2009 at 10:28 AM  

I'm in Iowa, but would like to send gift cards, money, etc. to help with meals or gas or whatever! My email is nicemidwife@gmail.com

Thank you!

Jennifer Loppnow March 25, 2009 at 10:42 AM  

I live in Wisconsin and would love to help out. I can send gift cards or gas cards. Please email me with information. Thanks and God BLESS Jenny

Brandy March 25, 2009 at 10:55 AM  

Would love to have an address to send a gift card for either a restaurant, you can give me suggestions fo things near them, and a gas card for them to go back and forth from the hospital to home. This would be great since I am all the way in Alabama and certainly not get to them directly. Thanks so much and God bless!

Brandy Wix

katster March 25, 2009 at 10:56 AM  

kflamme5@yahoo.com can you send me the info.. i would like to send a card to the hospital

Jenny March 25, 2009 at 11:07 AM  

I would love to bring a meal.. I could even take food to the hospital. I am not too far from the children's hospital. email jhowell25@gmail.com

Blessedw5mom March 25, 2009 at 11:13 AM  

Oh Please do let me know what I can do! Which hospital are they at? I live in St. Paul, but am very familiar with driving to all parts of the metro.

I would love to bring them a meal or anything they need. We've spent time at Children's Hospitals and can certainly understand the stress they are under and the prayers they need

Please email me at:

My prayers and blessings to you!
~Heather at

Olson Avenue March 25, 2009 at 11:23 AM  

I read on MckMama'a blog that Stellan has a really bad diaper rash. I work for a company that makes a wonderful natural bottom butter and was going to see about having a jar sent to him. Is there an address that I can have it sent to? Here is my email address ashleyaolson@hotmail.com

Thank you so much!!!

jujubee March 25, 2009 at 11:24 AM  

Please send me an address. Thanks.
Cagrasso (at) yahoo (dot) com

Michelle March 25, 2009 at 11:32 AM  

I'd love to have an address to send a card to the family! Thanks!

Tutu March 25, 2009 at 11:40 AM  

Hi! You are so sweet to be doing this. I'm in Florida, so there isn't much I can physically do to help out, but I want to do what I can. Please email me and let me know where I can send a card or something. If there is anything at all that you know of that I can do, please let me know!



Alyson March 25, 2009 at 11:40 AM  

Hi MamaBear, You are awesome for coordinating al of this. My sister and I have been following the MckFamily and Praying for Stellan since quite sometime. We are in NC but would love to send cards and resturant Gift cards to the family. my email address is ahillman@carolina.rr.com or you can contact me via my blog. Again Thank you soooo much. She is lucky to have such a great friend.


Laura March 25, 2009 at 11:42 AM  

I would love to be able to send a card or a care package - something for all the kids and MckMama and PC. My email is laura@kyledavidmiller.org - blog is http://bombedier.blogspot.com/

jill w March 25, 2009 at 11:50 AM  

I, too, live away from the frozen tundra, but would love to help in any way I can..


thanks for all you are doing for the Mck family.. they are truly blessed to have friends to rally around them.....

continuing to pray for them as well.

Anonymous March 25, 2009 at 11:57 AM  

How can I help? I live on the other side of the US.

Randee March 25, 2009 at 12:11 PM  

Mama Bear ,
I know that Id really LOVE to have their address if it's ok with you. I want to send them a card or something if I can. I hope all is well in your family.

You can reach me at: Monkeevillegrl19@yahoo.com

Anonymous March 25, 2009 at 12:11 PM  


What a wonderful friend you are to Jennifer and family! They are so lucky to have you and the many others who have offered help in their time of need! I worked with Jennifer at Excelsior Elementary several years ago, but am a stay at home mom now and would love to help in any way I can. I could make a couple meals, pick up groceries, run errands, or send money/gift cards. Let me know what works best.
Please send Jennifer our love and we are constantly praying for Stellan and for her and Israel to remain strong through this challenging time with their precious baby boy!

Sara Maves
(952) 361-3757

suzq March 25, 2009 at 1:02 PM  

I would love to help but am on the east coast....do you have Wegman's or Whole Food's out there...or where does she like to shop for food?
Please email me at quigleyfamily@comcast.net
Thanks so much for doing this.

Rachael March 25, 2009 at 1:26 PM  

Please send me MckMama's address so that I can send a card and giftcard to her. Please let me know if there is a fuel/grocery store/restaurant that would be best or whatever you would recommend. Thank you for taking on this task!

Praying hard for Stellan!

Rachael March 25, 2009 at 1:27 PM  

sorry, my email is rachaellh@gmail.com

Brody's Mom March 25, 2009 at 1:28 PM  

I live far from the frozen tundra, but will help from afar any way we can. please email me at mbeaupre@ymail.com with how we can help - gift cards, etc.

Ab March 25, 2009 at 2:07 PM  

I'm in the northern suburbs of Minneapolis, but am home during the days, so if there is anything I can do, let me know. I am willing to deliver a meal or two, run errands, etc. I also am easily able to get to the hospital, so I could deliver something to MckMama there as well. God has really pressed this family on my heart, so I want to help in any way I can. Thanks for coordinating things, I am sure it is a HUGE task.

abby dot flaten@gmail.com

Hansen Happenings March 25, 2009 at 2:17 PM  

I am in the cities and would love to help out in any way. Please email me at bnmhansen@msn.com

Elizabeth March 25, 2009 at 2:25 PM  

I am local and would love to help. You can contact me on my blog or at elizabeth_pocock@yahoo.com

Aubrey March 25, 2009 at 2:42 PM  

Hi Carrie, My name is Aubrey and My daughter Stella plays with Small Fry in the Mops - if you have any holes in your schedule or think she could use some girl time I am very available to have her come play or us come to her or all of the kiddos for that matter. My Second daughter is on the same schedule at the preschool with Big Mac so you'll know how that would interfere, but other than that a lot of my day is free.

Please contact me if I can help!

MG March 25, 2009 at 2:59 PM  

I would like to help (gift card/carepackage et.) I'm in WI not sure how close we are. Please e-mail me.


Anonymous March 25, 2009 at 3:14 PM  

I would love to send a gift card--Please let me know where would be a good place to get the gift card from.
Praying for sweet baby Stellan


Thank You, Tifani

Dawn March 25, 2009 at 3:53 PM  

I can't tell you how much I appreciate what you're doing for J and her family. It's absolutely awesome! This sort of love is what the body of Christ should be known for! Thanks for setting such a great example!

I'm in central MN and probably wouldn't be able to actually bring them a meal, but I'd love to send a giftcard. When you have time would you email me a mailing address? Thank you! Blessings!

Samantha March 25, 2009 at 6:00 PM  

i am praying for stellan and family every minute i think of them! i would love to help in any way i can... i don't live close, and can't help in person but i would love to send them anything they need. please let me know! thank you for this; she has a wonderful friend in you.

Dani March 25, 2009 at 7:16 PM  

if you could tell me her town so I can see what shops are in her area I would love to send a gift card..

Rachel March 25, 2009 at 8:00 PM  

I'm local and would love to help with anything at all. I am a nanny and can offer child care if needed, also meals, or anything. I'm close to Children's Hospital too. Just let me know. My email is rachel.engebretson at gmail dot com


Kimberly March 26, 2009 at 8:15 AM  

I would like to send a gift card/ card. Please contact me!


Lil' Brew Crew March 26, 2009 at 9:11 AM  

I would love to know what I can do. I shed many a tear and prayed for their family, I want to do more.


The Phillips Family March 26, 2009 at 12:26 PM  

Chipotle for MckMama, please let me know where to send the gift card...phillipshome2000{at}msn{dot}com


Bobbi Beer March 26, 2009 at 3:20 PM  

I would love to send mckmama a chipotle gift card so PC can pick it up for her & take it to the hospital!! and send a gift card to pc & the msc so they can get out!! Please let me know where to send them!! bobbi@beersconfectionary.com
bobbi beer
syracuse, IN

Kathryn @ Expectant Hearts March 26, 2009 at 9:21 PM  

I"m very far away as well. Would love an address where I could send encouragement..



Jennifer March 26, 2009 at 10:34 PM  

Hey Carrie - I have become a friend of MckMama over the past few months and am always willing to lend a helping hand. I live in the Lone Star State so I can't offer any childcare or ready made food to offer but I will do what I can. I was in contact with Hilary while Stellan was battling RSV and sent a care package to the family of stuff they like. If that would be helpful I could do that, but if something else is really needed, just let me know. Please contact me at jenoglv@yahoo.com for any suggestions. Thanks. Jennifer

Heather March 27, 2009 at 12:19 PM  

I left a comment earlier and haven't heard back yet (you are probably SO busy)... but I was just going o say that I will also be in Mankato for Easter and would be willing to prepare frozen meals, try to gather tings locally to bring up... anything!


angela March 27, 2009 at 1:27 PM  
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Jenn March 27, 2009 at 1:54 PM  


What a great idea. I SO wish I was local so I could help out in person. Since that's not possible, I'd like to be able to send something. If you have an address where I could do that, I'd love it!

(My profile has my email address.)

Jenn March 27, 2009 at 1:59 PM  

Whoops...so I commented before I read "Tomorrow is another day." How sad that someone would impersonate you like that.

What do you need from me to um...verify my identity? :) Just let me know!

Jason and Vanessa March 27, 2009 at 2:19 PM  

I would love to help in any way that I can. I would also like to send a card.

Sarah Ezell March 27, 2009 at 4:35 PM  

Hi! I would like to offer anything that I can to help. I live in Franklin and can cook, or anything that is needed. Thanks, Sarah

Jessica March 27, 2009 at 10:07 PM  

I'm not sure where the MckFamily lives, but I'm in Northern Michigan. While I consider this a frozen tundra at times, I doubt they are in my area, so could you please provide some sort of address to send a more personal letter or card of encouragement? I just started a blog at the inspiration of you, MckMama, and so many others I've found through these pages. I'll have to see where that leads...kind of confused at the moment :)
Thank you in advance for your help!! You are such a blessing to the family, as well as families struggling to find a way to help. Also, if you know of specific needs or wants, could you please pass those along as well?
Thank you so much!

Shana Anderson March 28, 2009 at 12:07 PM  

I would love to help. I live very close to MckMama. darinandshana@mchsi.com

Amanda March 28, 2009 at 12:25 PM  

I'd love to help, we live in her area. ejzm.amanda@gmail.com

SVILK2 March 29, 2009 at 8:30 PM  

Would like to send a card, please email me the information...ebaybad1@cox.net

Julie March 29, 2009 at 11:07 PM  

I would love to send a little something for the family. I know how great support is when things are this tough. Feel free to contact me and I can verify my info, before you give anything out. Thanks so much.


Tricia Thompson March 31, 2009 at 4:12 PM  

I live in Birmingham, AL and cannot make it there in person but I would love to help if I can. Is there a hotel nearby that maybe I could reserve a night for Mckmamma to stay? It seems like one of the hardest things for her is sleep. Do you know if there is any type of facility like that around? Our medical center has a Courtyard right inside the hospital. Just a thought. Please let me know if I can help. Thanks.

Tricia Thompson

Renee April 1, 2009 at 2:54 PM  

I am leaving this here- not sure you are still checking it, I have conntacted the Sheraton to try to set something up where people from all over could call and donate what they are able (maybe not a whole night) towards nights stays, they have called back saying that they are trying to get in touch with J about what she would like to do. we would like to help, but don't all have enought for a whole night. hoping that you can pass this message along, and maybe you know of a better way to collect full nights. TIA

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