Many of you know me. Many of you do not. You know that I like to crochet, am a stay at home mom, and have two kids. But did you know that I have the most amazing kids in the world? I'm really not kidding at all. Seriously. My kids are the best babies ever, so loving, so full of joy.
Well what you may not know is that my first born, Bear, was born with Down syndrome. He is the most awesome kid I know. He truly brings light and joy wherever he goes. I love that with him, no one is excluded from his love. What a lesson for us all.
This year our family is participating in the Buddy Walk, a national event that is put on locally by state and local organizations, ours being Down Syndrome Indiana (DSI). DSI is the organization that advocates for children and individuals with Down syndrome, so we feel it's important to support them to ensure that Bear has a bright future in school and the workplace.
The Buddy Walk® has three primary goals:
* To promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.
* To raise funds locally and nationally for education, research and advocacy programs.
* To enhance the position of the Down syndrome community, enabling us to positively influence local and national policy and practice.
To raise money for our team, the Care Bears, I'm doing a couple of things. First, I'm auctioning this hat. This is "Bear's Jammies Hat" as it was inspired by his favorite pair of pajamas. I will not recreate this hat for anyone but the winner of the bidding, meaning that only the winner and Bear will own a hat like this (I will custom make one for you in your choice of size). I will create a post specifically for bidding on this hat.
The other way I'm raising money is that all sales from my pom pom beanies from now until October 22 will go directly to the Care Bears and Down Syndrome Indiana. So if you've had your eye on one, please place an order. I'm willing to make custom creations of all kinds. So far I've had 4 sales totaling $60, so we're off to a great start.
If you want to give to the Care Bears and Down Syndrome Indiana but don't necessarily want a pom pom beanie, you can go directly to our First Givings Team Page to donate. Thank you all so much...I can't wait to see what happens!!