Seven years ago on March 31st our families lives were changed forever. My twin brother and his wife were pregnant with a sweet baby boy. He was the first baby to be born into the family. On a cold March day, the unthinkable happened. He was born 9 weeks early and went to be with Jesus, all in the same day. I will never forget that day. We got a call that Carly was going to the hospital for some tests and that they may deliver early. Both families sat waiting with anticipation for this sweet boy to be born, expecting that he would have to spend time in the NICU, but be fine. I will never forget how the next moments unfolded. We saw my brother walking down the hall with a tear soaked face and stricken with grief, as he broke the news that shortly after birth, David, their son went to be with Jesus. I remember falling to the floor and sitting on the ground overwhelmed with sadness. I am so thankful that our entire family could be together to support each other through this tragedy.
My sister-in-law and David's mom, Carly is doing something really special to honor David and continue his legacy on earth. It has been seven years since he went to be with Jesus, but he continues to live in our memories and hearts. You can read about the David Project below (copied from her blog), and you can read more from Carly and David's complete story HERE.
Dear Family and Friends,
As you all know, David’s birthday, March 31st, is quickly approaching. Believe it or not, our little boy would be seven this year. Since his death, I have always wanted to make “good” of his death and felt it was important to honor David’s memory by helping our community in some way.
I have pondered many ideas and never seemed to come up with one that would not require a huge undertaking or large sums of money. One day, a dear friend suggested I check out a blog of a mother who had lost her son and at that time she was doing something called The Brenham Project in her son’s honor. I loved how she chose to give back by donating items to the hospital where her child was during his time in the NICU. After our precious Emma’s surgery last year, I knew I wanted to do something that involved children of all ages during their stay in the hospital. I then realized that David’s life could touch so many more people. And that was when this idea was born!
I am asking that you participate in The David Project and donate one dollar for a great cause. I would like to buy books for children who are in hospital to help brighten up their stay by knowing someone cares about them and give them something to do. I will be buying the books from a company called Scholastic, which not only offers books for $1.00 but the project will also get bonus points for each dollar spent. That means with your dollar donation, you will be helping get FREE books for the project.
So, please participate in The David Project and donate one dollar to buy a book for a child in the hospital. The pediatric unit at St. Joseph Mercy-Oakland in Bloomfield is so excited to receive the books and the woman I talked to was so honored to be the recipient of such generosity. Every book will have a label inside telling the recipient that the book was donated lovingly in David’s honor by family and friends. You can mail your donations to 1820 Worcester, Oxford, Michigan 48371. Please join us as we honor David’s life by helping others. Thank you!!!