NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — A young Connecticut couple is helping military families strapped with financial bills because of a sick child.
Mark Phelps is a submariner based in New London on the U.S.S. Dallas. His wife, Amanda is home with their three daughters. They had twins seven years ago. Dylan and Devyn born 10 weeks early.
Devyn was diagnosed with Apert Syndrome where many things were wrong and that began eight months worth of back and forth trips to the hospital 50 miles away. It was costly: gas was $4.75 a gallon, they had to park and buy food, but little gifts came their way, and they never forgot it.
“I don’t know how many times we’d be inpatient at Yale, Devyn would have had a surgery or she was just in for an infection or whatever the case was, we would get one of the child life specialists would come through the door with a $5 Dunkin’ Donuts gift card and say ‘there’s another family here that donated a bunch of gift cards, here you go,'” said Mark. “Five dollars, it’s not much, it’s a cup of coffee for both of us, but it’s the 10 minutes that it takes to just step outside of the hospital and walk down a block to the Dunkin’ DoNuts on the corner, get a cup of coffee and just, somebody cares. It’s just a morale-builder that was huge, and that’s kind of where it started, just as a small organization. We couldn’t do much, just the two of us, we couldn’t do much, but it was something that we could do to let people know that, you know what, there’s other people that have been there. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel.”
The Phelps are just two years into their non-profit called Devyn’s Charm. Their biggest fundraiser is a September Music Festival held at Eastern Point Beach in Groton. You can help this couple help other financially-strapped military families.
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