For most of us, June 7th was just another day. However, to Brian & Channing June 7th is a day they’ll never forget. While Channing and her sister-in-law peacefully slept a fire broke out apparently in the kitchen and engulfed their home in a matter of minutes. And if that’s not bad enough, Channing was 6 months pregnant at the time and her husband had just left the week before to serve in Iraq. The home was completely destroyed and the couple lost everything.
It was also during this time that I was honored by Pampers to donate $1000 worth of products to someone or an organization that deserved to have a little miracle in their lives. Once I heard about Brian & Channing’s story on the news I knew I had to get in touch with them. Thanks to the help from our local Red Cross, I was able to contact Channing, meet up with her, and present her with Pampers and other products in anticipation of her new arrival.
Here is her story in her own words . . .
My name is Channing and my husband is Brian. We’re expecting our first child on Sept. 10th, 2011. As becoming new parents we are both very excited and can’t wait to welcome our son into the world. I remember the morning I found out I was pregnant; I was anxiously waiting those few moments for the test results. Looking down I remember seeing two vertical lines and thinking what does that mean? I had thrown out the directions and the box before taking the test, so I hurried to the computer to look up what two lines meant. Everything I saw said positive, congratulations, or pregnant! I was in shock; I couldn’t believe the results, so I took 5 more tests; all positives! That day was such a huge blessing to my husband and I.
Since then, each day we’ve had new experiences as preparing for our son. As my due date is vastly approaching we thought we had pretty much everything ready to go for the baby. His nursery was all done, lots of clothes, had many diapers, wipes, toys, and much more. However, on June 7th, 2011 our family suffered a great loss of our house & all belongings. We had a large house fire with the result of a total loss. Prior to this my husband had deployed to Afghanistan; so you can imagine my emotions when this had happened. That night was one of the scariest times of my life.
My sister-in-law was staying with me at the time; we were both sleeping & awoke to the smell of smoke. Luckily we were able to get out of house and down the street where neighbors from all around were. I remember people yelling, running around, and just trying to help the best they could. I remember crying and praying it was just a bad dream, but it wasn’t. When I was able to speak with my husband he kept telling me that everything was material and could be replaced and to just be thankful that my sister-in-law, myself, and baby were safe.
Over the last month and a half; my husband was allowed to return home to assist me and we have been trying to piece everything back together day by day. It has been difficult; but with the support, generosity, and kindness of others we continue to slowly regain what was lost. Many have donated great items for us and for our child, for that we are truly grateful and so very blessed. We would like to give a huge thank you to Pampers for all their wonderful donations and support. They have provided many baby items we had lost such as; diapers, wipes, toys, and so much more. Everyone has been so wonderful with assisting us during this time of need. Again; just a huge thank you to Pampers and everyone who has donated to our family. The support and kindness given from everyone around has touched our hearts in a way that cannot be explained. It’s so amazing to see the community; people we have never met, come together in the way they have to help us. We appreciate everyone and everything so much. God bless!
Thank you to Pampers for this amazing donation. It’s because of people like you that this couple (and myself) are reminded that there is so much good in this world.
How you can make a difference
Consumers can easily participate in the Miracles Missions programs, and support little miracles across the country, by logging on to Pampers Facebook page. Pampers is also asking consumers to pay it forward by participating in the first Little Miracle Mission to congratulate and offer support to an expectant mother with a gift or surprise gesture. Pampers will issue different missions throughout the entire year to celebrate all aspects of parenthood, and with the help of parents, family and friends, they hope to touch the lives of every baby born in the next year.
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