A couple, who are asking for donations of elaborate meals and “mental health-check ins” to help them cope with the impending birth of their first child, are receiving a fiery backlash on social media.
According to the New York Post, a Philadelphia man named Jim Burns started a fundraising campaign on the Meal Train website (the account has since been deactivated) because he was “afraid of is not getting a great deal of sleep and as a result not being in the best frame of mind to offer my wife the support she needs to recover from the child-birthing process.”
Jim’s wife Alex is due to give birth to the couple’s first child on April 29th. “As the father-to-be, I’m teetering on a fence of emotions,” Burns wrote.
Burns posted a list of over 30 favorite dishes he would like donated, including “Paleo breakfast egg muffins with thinly sliced cremini mushrooms, pork breakfast sausage, and 3 tablespoons of melted and cooled ghee” for breakfast, or 11 dinner recipies including spiced lamb meatball and Swiss chard stew.
Burns requested that people text him in advance to find out what they need, but didn’t actuallly want visitors carrying donations inside the house.
“If we could use some food but prefer no distractions, I’ll put a big white cooler in our side yard,” he writes.
The couple’s fundraiser eventually made its way to Nextdoor, where it caught the eye of neighbor Jack Jokinen, who posted screenshots on Twitter.
The week I got a thing in my mailbox to join a social network @Nextdoor. People in my neighborhood can alert each other about crime and stuff like that. Great idea! But today someone posted the most ridiculous thing ever (1/?)— JJ (@JJFromTheBronx) April 18, 2019
“They’re having a baby, not both dying of cancer,” tweeted an outraged Andrea Bachman. “Reality is hopefully going to slap these two in the face one day.”