Sunday, January 29, 2012

A doll for Finn:: The Pack Family

This family has has brought me to tears more than once.  

They have made me think.   
They have made me thankful.

They made me hug my own boy a bit tighter. 

And for that I thank them.

I came upon this story via a visit to another blog, and then I saw it again... and again.   And the more that I read, the more that I felt for this family.

The Pack family experienced the unthinkable... when over the Christmas Holidays, their car was hit by another car on their way home from a party. They were all injured in the crash.  Sadly, on Christmas Day their darling baby boy Colum passed away from his injuries he sustained in the crash. He was 18 months old.  Kelly, his mother is still in the hospital,, where she has required more surgeries and therapy.  Her husband Ryan and their 3 year old son Finn have been discharged from the hospital and are doing well!  
Unthinkably, the driver of the other car that caused the accident was not insured and the financial burden of the crash has been placed on the Pack family.  

The family has set up a site where you can follow along with their recovery.   There is also a place to donate towards their recovery and if you are interested.


I have donated to their funding, but I was desperate to give a little something extra.  A bit of happiness... so,we decided on a gift for Finn. Inspired by his baby brother, who left him far too early, we have made him a doll.  Sweet little Colum.  And while it is a small token, it will hopefully bring a smile to his face in light of such a terrible tragedy.

We tried to pick fabrics that were reminiscent of the photos from their site.  Something tangible for Finn to recognize about the doll, to relate it to his baby brother.

We also embroidered a heart onto his chest.  A reminder of the amazing selflessness uncovered, even in the midst of the unthinkable.  

Colum's heart lives on today, donated through organ donation to another child.

What is Windfall Dolls, if it isn't for just these sort of occasions?  To be honest...I can't think of a more deserving little one.  This doll will be packed up and shipped to the open arms of Finn this coming week.

Hugs to you Kelly, Ryan and Finn.

Again, if you want to get to know this family a but better, here is their site.

And if you are interested in donating to their recovery, follow this link here.

Thank you so much for reading this.

On Tuesday we will be holding our January Windfall Dolls Giveaway, so stop back to see who we have to share.


  1. That is beautiful. I am sure Finn will treasure this little baby.

  2. Oh my goodness, the tears are flowing. What a darling and precious gift for this family. God bless you!

  3. That was so kind and thoughtful of you.

  4. What a precious treasure for Finn to cuddle. His Colum doll is so cute, just like Colum. You are an amazing, thoughtful Angel in disguise :)

  5. I just visited Kelly's blog after rereading your post and am so glad that you wrote about this. We all need to remember what it is like to lose your loved ones to appreciate them every moment of your life. I am going to go hug my sleeping 2 year old right now.

  6. Thank you for the gift you gave us! We are going to use our Colum doll for all of our family pictures in the future! It meant the world to us. We took him to Cabo with us as well. God bless you and yours!

  7. That is so sweet and comforting to use your Colum doll for family pictures. We put our son Troy's Teddy Bear that my Mom bought him for his first Christmas in our Family pictures to represent him. Sadly, he didn't get his bear, as he died of sids Dec 12, 1985 @ 100 days old, born sept 4, 1985. But it does bring us alot of comfort to have Troys Bear, so we can have our whole family in pictures as best we can <3