This past weekend, a single mom from Portsmouth, New Hampshire named Corie Jabre went into the hospital with what she believed to be a terrible case of the flu, and tragically, she died shortly thereafter. It turns out Corie was battling a staph infection, which ultimately took her life at the age of only 30 years old.
And making Corie's story even sadder is that she's left behind four children, including twin 3 1/2-month-old boys, Liam and Brian.
Corie's family and friends are no doubt in a state of shock after her sudden passing, but one friend in particular, Barbara Martinez, knew she had to step in and try and help -- because Corie had been breastfeeding her twins.
Barbara logged onto a website, JPMoms, where she herself had donated breast milk in the past. She posted about the twins losing their mother, and she was amazed at the outpouring of support from other moms who are more than willing to help feed these two baby boys.
She said, "In one day I have 1,000 ounces of breast milk heading to my house. It’s incredible. It’s a gift you cannot get anywhere but from a mother’s love."
And now, thanks to the kindness of strangers in their community, little Liam and Brian will continue to get the nourishment they need to keep growing up healthy.
Gulp. Is this one of the most bittersweet things you've ever heard or what? It's so, so devastating that these poor babies lost their mother, and the circumstances of her death are just so random and unthinkable. But even though Corie's passing is beyond sad, it's hard not to be moved, uplifted, and inspired by this amazing community rallying around her twins to give them the help they so desperately need.
Hearing about what local moms are doing for those babies restores my faith in people truly wanting to reach out and offer kindness and assistance to others in their time of need -- even if they've never met them before. And it only proves even further just how much good moms can accomplish when we focus on supporting and helping one another -- something we all could improve on for sure.
Have you ever considered donating breast milk?
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