How Sona Mehring Started CaringBridge
In 1997, good friends of mine had a premature baby, and they asked me to let everyone know what was happening. Instead of making dozens of emotional and time-consuming phone calls, I decided to use my professional skills as an information technology specialist to create a website. The same night their baby Brighid was born, so was the idea that became CaringBridge.
A Powerful Connection Point
That inaugural CaringBridge Site became an instant connection point in extremely personal and powerful ways.
Brighid's parents could easily share information with family and friends around the world, regardless of time or place.
They could post daily updates in their Journal to tell everyone about Brighid’s status.
The Guestbook allowed visitors to the site to leave messages of love and encouragement for the family.
It was a simple way for everyone who cared to communicate globally.
From Hobby to Nonprofit
As word spread about Brighid's site, other people asked if I could provide sites for them too. I did - and the caring community grew with each request.
One day, I got a check in the mail, along with a thank-you note. The amount wasn't large, but it left an impression. The circle of caring people who appreciated such sites was bigger than I thought.
In 2002, I devoted myself full-time to transforming CaringBridge into a nonprofit organization that offers free sites to anyone who needs them. Today, CaringBridge serves more than 500,000 people a day.