Give InKind was created in the days that crawled like molasses after our daughter Layla was unexpectedly stillborn, just 5 weeks before her due date. In an instant, with one ultrasound and the term ‘fetal demise’, we became a statistic. The 1-in-5 pregnancies that end in loss. The 1 in 160 that end in stillbirth. The 50% of those that go unexplained. Our world was rocked, and our loved ones wanted so badly to help us through this unthinkable time.
Both on leave from our jobs in technology, we sat at home while a stream of flowers, meals and thoughtful gifts were delivered to our door. Our family and friends did a wonderful job of making sure we were loved and supported. But we lived in Los Angeles, and our network was spread across the country. It took them tremendous effort to find out what restaurants to order from, how to send groceries or flowers, and most of all, they were unsure what to do or send that would truly be the most helpful.
So, with an empty house and no baby to care for, we thought – there has to be a better way to allow loved ones near and far to lend a hand when help is needed.
It is our sincere hope that Give InKind makes it easier to answer the age-old question, ‘how can I help?’, in all of the situations we face throughout our lives.
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