I can’t believe I’m finally writing this post! I’ve been waiting for what seems like forever to share this with all of you!
The compassion and empathy shown to us after we lost Preslee was truly life changing. We marveled at the length strangers went to help a young couple they had never met, and left us with a drive to spread hope to those experiencing dark times.
As I continued to write on the blog, e-mails began pouring in asking how they could help support friends and family who had recently lost a loved one. I quickly learned people want to help, but are often unsure of the best way to go about it. Many times, their uncertainty or fear of saying the wrong thing keeps them from doing anything at all. Over the years, I've spent hours responding to e-mails, linking gifts, learning what items bring comfort, and trying to encourage people that showing up on someone's doorstep is enough and is truly appreciated.
For years I’ve had the idea swimming around in my mind to create a place to encourage and inspire people to spread hope with acts of kindness. My wish is that nobody ever experiences trials alone. It wasn’t until last year when my older brother learned about my idea and believed in it enough to really push me to make it become a reality. And I’m so thankful he did.
And that is how Presentlee was born.
What is Presentlee?
Presentlee is a website that encourages, educates, and inspires people to notice the people around them. We hope it will give people confidence to show up and help those who find themselves experiencing a difficult time.
Why Did You Pick the Name Presentlee?
Presentlee, has three meanings:
- If you take away the middle, it spells Preslee, the person who inspired this all.
- We are encouraging people to be present and notice those around them. Be the person who makes a difference in someone else’s life.
- Our goal is to sell meaningful presents or gifts, which will hopefully spread hope to those who find themselves hurting.
What Makes Presentlee Unique?
If you google ‘grief gifts’ you’ll find a bunch of outdated knick knacks. After a lot of research, and searching for the right people across the country to team up with, we’ve created an online store that sells modern and meaningful gifts.
I won’t lie, I’ve had some setbacks along the way, hence, it taking a year to launch (I did have a baby right in the middle of it all, which is a good excuse right?) But all jokes aside, the extra time that it took was critical in finding the best people to partner up with. I’m extremely proud of the gifts listed on our site. I’m even more excited to share there will be more gifts listed soon, I have personally designed some items that are currently being manufactured. I can’t tell you how incredible it has been to see my ideas come to life, all the while keeping our goal in mind, that each item will spread a little hope along the way.
Why am I so Passionate about Presentlee?
Pat and I have always hoped for the means to be able to help other families who are experiencing difficult times, and this is what motivates us to help Presentlee succeed. We hope donations to children’s hospitals, other charities, and even paying for a child’s funeral will be in our future. I dream of being able to show our kids a little glimpse of what many of you did for us.
There’s so many more details I could share, but I hope you’ll take a minute and look for yourself. You can follow Presentlee on Instagram and Facebook and I hope we can inspire you to get out there and serve. I’m grateful for all the lessons we’ve learned because of our little girl, I can’t think of a better legacy for our sweet Preslee to leave behind.
P.S. After launching Presentlee nearly all on my own, I’m ready to branch out and hire a little help! It’s taken every spare minute to get it up and running and now I’m more than ready to get back to writing on here more frequently, I’ve missed it. If you are interested in joining the Presentlee team send me an e-mail and I’ll send you more details.