“The mission of the basket is simple: to celebrate every child born with Down Syndrome and congratulate the family with gifts, support and resources.
“The idea came to Carissa (Carroll) as Jack’s first birthday approached. I thought, ‘Let’s celebrate his birthday by going back to the hospital and delivering baskets to other families like ours,’ Carissa says. ‘Baskets with some gifts and a letter, saying what our son means to us.’ “
Described as “not just a bunch of information about Down syndrome. It’s really a welcome: A baby has been born, you still need to celebrate.”
Hospital staff are most often the first to tell parents that their child will have challenges. Asked what would be the ‘perfect’ way to be told, Carissa suggests language that hospital staff (not to mention family and friends later) would do well to emulate.
To read her suggestions … as well as learn more about the very successful Jack’s Basket program, READ THE FULL ARTICLE.
Some other Liahona Project posts addressing Down Syndrome include 3,000 People Tell Us What We Already Knew, Mock My Pants, Not My Sister, Run and Not Be Weary, and the Videos: What Would You Say To Yourself and Respect.
Assuming it was known at birth, how did hospital staff give you the “unexpected” news? How do you wish they had?