Waco, Texas, celebrities Chip and Joanna Gaines have millions of followers on social media. That did not stop Chip from taking note of one lucky fan and giving her a memorable gift for her baby.
Famous for the mega-hit HGTV show “Fixer Upper,” Chip and Joanna Gaines are known for their thoughtful and unique design touches. That thoughtfulness was on display last month when Chip responded to comments on a photo of baby Crew he posted on Instagram.
Crew, who joined the Gaines family last June, is pictured with his feet sticking out of the Snoo Smart Sleeper bassinet. Chip captioned the photo, “Uh oh.. what happens when they out grow the #snoo??”
In response, fan Kelly Claggett commented, “Sell it to me!! After 12 years my husband and I are FINALLY expecting!!” Claggett told media about the post, “I just shot him an off-handed comment telling him that we were finally expecting a baby after 12 years and to sell it to me.” She definitely was not expecting to get a reply, let alone a Snoo.
The high-end bassinet from the Happiest Baby company is designed to soothe newborns by rocking them and playing white noise, mimicking the sensations a baby experiences in the womb. The website promises an extra hour of sleep every night, a dream come true for new parents. All those features come with a hefty price tag; the website lists the Snoo for around $1,300.
Claggett was shocked a few days later to see that Chip had responded to her comment saying, “We’re so excited for you!” and tagging his assistant with, “Let’s get her set up.”
“At first I thought someone was playing a joke on me,” Claggett said. The comment was not a joke, and soon after, Chip’s assistant was in touch with Claggett to arrange the shipment of a Snoo. The Gaines sent Claggett’s baby a brand new Snoo.
In a Facebook post following the special delivery, Claggett wrote, “Our baby and family is blessed by this random act of kindness and I’ll never stop trying to pay it forward.” Claggett and her husband are thrilled to be expecting their first child after more than a decade of heart-breaking infertility.
The Gaines family has not openly endorsed a Pro-Life stance. Their reticence is understandable, since they were viciously attacked in what has been called a “witch hunt” for attending a Pro-Life Christian church. Brothers David and Jason Benham, who spoke at Texas Right to Life’s 21st Annual Celebration of Life, had a promising HGTV show canceled because of their Pro-Life, pro-family Christian values.
Nonetheless, the Gaines have shown that they have a strong Christian faith and value Life, as evidenced by their sweet and thoughtful gift for Claggett’s baby. Chip and Joanna were a powerful Pro-Life example last year when they welcomed baby Crew. The couple have four older children: Drake, Ella, Duke, and Emmie, who were between the ages of 8 and 13 when Crew was born.
According to Joanna, Crew was a “sweet surprise from day one.” In 2017, weeks after announcing that they would be leaving “Fixer Upper” to focus on family and business, the couple announced that they were expecting, prompting many fans to think that they were leaving the show because of the pregnancy. Joanna says that was not the case, but the pregnancy was an example of God’s perfect timing.
“When we were done, we had no plan like, ‘Let’s have baby No. 5,’ ” she said. “It was a total surprise. But when we found out, it solidified that it was the right decision to leave when we did.”
Pro-abortion radicals tried to “shame” Chip and Joanna for having five children, calling the birth of Crew “irresponsible.” Despite this anti-Life extremism, the addition of baby Crew to the Gaines family has been beautiful to watch, a testament to the value of every human Life, planned or “unplanned.” The Gaines family’s love for Life is evident in their thoughtful gift for Claggett and her long-awaited baby. We wish both families well!