Helping a fellow mom during time confined to bed rest is a great gift for her — and her family. Today, it’s also easier than ever, thanks to some handy online tools. There are several great sites to choose from, each with individual layouts and options. The best news? Most are free.
MealBaby (mealbaby.com) • This site allows you to create a meal registry for the mom-in-need and send out emails to folks who want to join your effort. The registry profile can include food preferences and allergies, along with suggested restaurants for those who would prefer to purchase a gift card. An interactive calendar and map make coordinating and delivering meals simple.
Lotsa Helping Hands (lotsahelpinghands.com) • Build an entire community of caring for the family you want to help. Invite members who want to chip in, and identify volunteer opportunities beyond meal delivery – like babysitting, carpools for other children in the family, and basic errand running. This site also allows photo sharing and messaging.
TakeThemAMeal.com • A simple list of dates provides space for friends, family, and co-workers to sign up to deliver a meal by inserting the type of meal they will deliver, along with their phone number. The site also provides suggested recipes and tips from experienced users.
NOTE: These sites are also useful for coordinating support for families who bring home multiples, experience a family health crisis, or are displaced from their home during a fire or flood.