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Community Comes Together to Provide Help to Local Couple

<div style="color: #000000; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal;" mce_style="color: #000000; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal;" mce_style="color: #000000; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal;">A Springfield family is thanking the community after receiving not only financial help-- but moral support and prayers for their baby that will be born in just a few weeks.</span><br></div>

A Springfield family is thanking the community after receiving not only financial help-- but moral support and prayers for their baby that will be born in just a few weeks. 

Baby Caleb has a severe congenital heart defect that will require multiple open heart surgeries-- the first of which he'll undergo within the first week of his life.

 Friends and family of Matt and Desire Miller held a baby shower and silent auction for the couple at Boulevard Baptist Church Saturday to help raise funds for travel and surgical expenses for little Caleb as the family will need to travel back and forth to and from St. Louis.

 "I'll be 37 weeks on Monday," Desire says.  "I'm gonna have a C-section on the 26th.  It's been a trip-- lots of emotions, but we're taking it one day at a time."

 Desire and Matt Miller, along with their two children, are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their new baby boy Caleb.

 "They're very excited for their baby brother to get here," Desire says.  "Two and a half weeks and he'll be here."

 The Miller Family's experience with Caleb hasn't been quite the same as the couple's first two pregnancy experiences.

 "You never think it's gonna happen to you," Desire says.

Caleb has a severe congenital heart defect.  He'll require open heart surgery the first week of his life, then again when he's 4-6 months and once again when he's around the age of four.

 "If this happened when we were kids, they'd be telling our parents, 'I'm so sorry,'" Desire says.  "It's devastating.  When we found out we had already posted 'it's a boy!' on Facebook and we had no idea anything was wrong.  Then, the doctor came and told us and your world just comes crashing down because it's your baby-- it's hard to hear.

That's why family and friends of Matt and Desire Miller hosted a baby shower and silent auction for the couple-- showering the family with not only financial gifts, but also love, prayers and plenty of support.


"Any way I could help," says Family Friend Ellen Magers.  "And this is a way I could help-- this was something I could do."

"This is what it's supposed to be like-- when someone is hurting, you step up and love them-- and to be on the receiving end has been just completely overwhelming," Desire says.

"It's been amazing how God has put it in the hearts of people to help other people who need it and we've been blessed and are very thankful for the help we've had," says Matt.

And as the couple anxiously awaits little Caleb's arrival, they pray for him to have a long, happy and healthy life.

"Just that he grows up to be a happy, healthy boy like our other two boys.  That he gets to run and grow and learn.  We know there will be some good days and some bad days once Caleb is born-- but we're not there yet, so one day at a time," Desire says.

 There will be a golf benefit for the family April 6.

You can track Caleb's progress on Facebook here.



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