October is Down Syndrome Acceptance Month! In honor of this month and my beautiful, funny, curious, strong and giggly niece - Elliott, and her amazing parents - 30% of all sales during the month of October will be donated to GiGi’s Playhouse- Houston.
In addition to this month’s donation, I have some select Down syndrome community designs featured on necklaces and earrings for sale. 30% of the sale of these designs will always be donated to GiGi’s Playhouse-Houston. (Cufflinks and Tiebars available on request)
A little about GiGi’s Playhouse:
GiGi's Playhouses are Down syndrome achievement centers that offer 100% FREE programs and therapies to people of all ages with Down syndrome. They provide purposeful programs for each stage of life helping everyone with an extra 21st chromosome to be their very best self. GiGi's Playhouses offer community, camaraderie and support to families touched by Down syndrome. At GiGi’s Playhouse families are never alone. From a prenatal diagnosis to career skills, they make a lifetime commitment to remain by their side. Families are empowered with all the tools their child needs to succeed! GiGi'sPlayhouse was created to change the way the world views a Down syndrome diagnosis and to send a global message of acceptance for all.
October is Down syndrome awareness month, but really, we like to call it Down syndrome acceptance month 🙂 To have Down syndrome means a person was born with a 3rd copy of the 21st chromosome. The medical term is Trisomy 21. Therefore the meaning of 21 and 3 is very strong in this community. In fact, March 21st (3/21) is World Down syndrome Day!
The extra chromosome brings lots of other extras. A person with Down syndrome can learn and do most everything someone without Ds can, but it may take them longer and more practice. It's places like GiGi's Playhouses that encourage and fuel that development fire with purposeful programs and the right tools to teach a person with Ds so that they can be their very best self! Everyone deserves to learn and be independent whether you have an extra chromosome or you don't.
Now with over 38 GiGi’s Playhouse locations nationwide (one in Mexico!) Houston is next on the list with a grand opening later this year. With your support they can open their doors and serve the Down syndrome community of Houston with FREE programs - and even more importantly, ensure no one limits a person with Down syndrome but rather is accepting of all the magic that extra 21st chromosome brings!
For more information and ways to help/donate check out their website!