***Please do not contact Mimi directly at this time, see the following section for how we would ask you share your condolences for the time being. Thank you for understanding***
- Pastor Steve Coad, Oasis Church
We have set up several ways you can support the Bells:
1) You can give them a financial gift through this Go Fund Me page for a small processing fee.
2) If you would like to give your financial gift as a tax deductible donation to the Bell's (they will pay taxes on it) you can do so through their home church, Oasis Church here: https://myoasis.churchcenter.com/giving/to/missions-bell-family
3) We have set up a meal train for Mimi and the boys if you would like to cook them a meal or give them a gift card for groceries, local restaurants or Uber Eats so they don't have to worry about food for a while. The link to the meal train is below:
Bell family Meal Train link: https://mealtrain.com/9lzed5
4) Instead of contacting the family directly at this time, we would ask that if you would like to send a message sharing your condolences to please do so on Caleb and Mimi's facebook page. That way we can respect Mimi's space and she can read your messages when she is ready. Thank you for understanding.
Share your condolences on Caleb and Mimi's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/calebamelia.bell
Thank you for your prayers and support for the Bell Family.
From Tyler Appel-
Caleb Bell passed away last night (Monday, 11/23). He was healthy. He hung Christmas lights, went on a two-mile run, and had just returned and was playing with his three boys, aged 2, 5, and 7, when he collapsed. They are unsure why/how, as of now, but no alcohol or drugs were involved.
As I struggle to write the introduction to this GoFundMe page, which will likely be Caleb Bell’s death announcement to many, my 2-year-old is literally crawling all over me. She’s trying to sit in my lap, climbing on my shoulders, grabbing my hand to make me tickle her, playing with a toy car up and down my arms and head, and trying to feed me crackers. I’m feeling annoyed and distracted as I can’t even begin to write, but then emotions start washing over me as I think about Caleb and his 2-year-old, Sailor, and guilt as I think about my kids and my wife if I were to die. About all the missed opportunities. About how much of my time and intention I’ve focused on my business and not on them. The fear and regret are threatening to suffocate me as I write it out. And I immediately compare myself to Caleb and how well he loved his family and how present he was for them. Our oldest kids were born hours apart and our subsequent kiddos ages were spaced as if we had purposefully planned to have kids at the same time. When I received the call last night, I couldn’t catch my breath as I thought about his wife Mimi (my cousin) and their 3 boys. But then I was overwhelmed with thankfulness of who Caleb was to Mimi and those boys. Our families were close and Caleb was also my very first employee for my business, so I’ve had the honor of observing Caleb the dad and husband over the years. I wept last night and I’m crying again now as I think about the absolute legacy of love, intention, and godliness that he has left for those boys. He was SUCH a good dad. Such a fun and adventurous dad. Such a present and intentional dad. I can’t put it properly into words and just hope you had the opportunity to see it for yourself. Or to see the way those boys looked at him. And he loved Jesus with all he had and he and Mimi modeled and taught that to their children. I wish Caleb was still here with us, but I’m so very glad that he was the dad and husband he was while he was still here. I hope that one day soon I’ll be able to look back and feel like I’ve been a fraction of the dad that Caleb was. In a normal year they’d be packing up or even driving right now to go to our family Thanksgiving celebration where we all spend several days together at our aunt and uncle’s house in north Florida. Plans were different this year, but the timing is still sobering.
Unfortunately, Caleb did not have life insurance. As their whole world comes to a screeching halt, this news will also be big news to many of us, myself included. But as the weeks go on, we’ll very likely move on, to some extent and with sadness, while the Bell family will not. Everything in Mimi’s life will hinge from this point from now on…stories and milestones will be timestamped with ”before” and “after.” The boys are still young and are homeschooled and the thought of Mimi scrambling to financially make ends meet while she also grieves and figures out burial and funeral arrangements and then even later as they try to figure out what they’re doing, where they’re living, will the boys still be homeschooled, etc., is a thought that I don’t like at all. I’d love if you’d consider donating to this beautiful family so that finances aren’t something they have to focus on or worry about for a while. Thank you.
- Charles Hillery
- James Logrono
- Graciela Kraft
- Sandy Keith
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