Complications during her third pregnancy landed Chrissy Teigen in the hospital last month, and unfortunately, she and husband John Legend lost the baby, a son they had already decided to name Jack. Teigen was radically open about the loss and their grief, posting bereavement photos, and an essay about the experience.
As a show of support for Teigen and the doctors who cared for her, seven of Teigen’s friends donated blood at a Halloween blood drive—in effect replacing the seven pints she received during her stay. Led by Kimmie Kyees, a celebrity manicurist, the septet chronicled their donations in photos and threw together a slideshow that Teigen shared on Instagram along with a heartfelt note.
“Phewwwww the tears. I’m overwhelmed by our circle of friends. The love I feel for each and every person in our circle actually makes me ache,” Teigen gushed.
To Kyees, she wrote “I’ve known you for so many years now. You know every story, you hear every life gripe, you’re amazing at what you do but the way you treat my kids and family is cherished always. To do something like this for baby jack is just…I dunno. Beautiful.”
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Ok, I tried writing this 4 times but the tears were too much. Here we go again, with my heart full of warmth and happiness. My friend @kimmiekyees sent me this with the caption “Me and 6 of my friends donated blood to replace the 7 pints you were given in the hospital, in honor of baby Jack. I love you friend 💛” . . Phewwwww the tears. I’m overwhelmed by our circle of friends. The love I feel for each and every person in our circle actually makes me ache. @kimmiekyees, I’ve known you for so many years now. You know every story, you hear every life gripe, you’re amazing at what you do but the way you treat my kids and family is cherished always. To do something like this for baby jack is just…I dunno. Beautiful. . . @kimmiekyees was told by the volunteers that donations were severely down because high schoolers are responsible for so much of the blood donated. Usually they’d get a coupon for an ice cream cone or a movie ticket, but without school in session, donations are down. I have a lot of friends who normally would donate from a special day at work, but alas, no work. . . Kimmie, I love you. I love this. I am so proud of the people I surround myself and my family with. 💨🍃🦋
Teigen’s note ended with a sobering fact: blood donations are way down during the pandemic because high school students, a normally reliable source of donated blood, aren’t going to their school buildings and participating in blood drives. Ditto for the office workers who donate when mobile blood banks show up for the day.
So the donations are actually doubly positive, as a symbolic gesture in honor of their friend and the son she lost and a practical way to help those, like Teigen, who find themselves in need of blood transfusions.
You can find a blood bank in your area using this tool from the AABB.