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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Gifts Pour In To Parents of Septuplets

CARLISLE, Iowa -- The day after his wife gave birth to seven babies, a beaming Kenny McCaughey had one word for the outpouring of gifts and congratulations from around the world: "Wow!"


"The big fear is that this not turn into a big show," said McCaughey, 27, at a news conference at Missionary Baptist Church where he and his wife, Bobbi, were married five years ago.


When the septuplets do come home, they might find cramped quarters in the McCaugheys' two-bedroom house, but only temporarily. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad announced a plan to build the family a much larger home, with contributions from Iowa businesses and residents, within a year. Other donations began streaming in -- a year's supply of groceries donated by a supermarket chain, a year's supply of baby-care products, a lifetime supply of diapers.


And despite Kenny McCaughey's pleas about wanting a low-key life, there will be no mistaking who is riding in the new Chevrolet van donated by the automaker and the Carlisle dealership where McCaughey works as a billing clerk. Written on the front and sides of the white 15-seater are the words "McCaughey Family Van."


U.S. President Bill Clinton telephoned the couple Thursday with congratulations, telling them that everyone is watching "your amazing adventure" and inviting them to the White House when they can find a seven-seat stroller.


In this religious community, relatives, neighbors and doctors spoke of the births as the outcome of prayer.