Jack's Basket mission is to celebrate every child born with Down syndrome and congratulate their family with gifts, support, and resources.


Jack's Basket mission is to celebrate every child born with Down syndrome and congratulate their family with gifts, support, and resources. 

As Jack's 1st birthday was approaching, I wanted to bring something to the hospital to celebrate his life.  My thoughts were leaning towards giving some flowers but the more I thought about the emotions and interactions we had during our stay, I was thinking something bigger and more meaningful.  What if we delivered a gift basket to a family like ours, a family that will receive news that their child has Down syndrome?  In any life experience, receiving unexpected news can be very difficult and hard to process.  To have another person come alongside and share in their experience often gives hope and healing, knowing that you are not alone.  To encourage a family like ours, to give them hope for the future, and share how much our sweet Jack has changed our lives for the better.  I found the best resource for us in our new journey was not reading the books on Down syndrome, it was hearing from actual families that are loving and living their lives raising their child with Down syndrome.  So I created a basket...Jack’s Basket.

What if a family would be congratulated and presented with a gift?  What if that set the tone, a chance to celebrate a beautiful baby?

I am hopeful this will be the first of many of the unexpected blessings that their child will bring them.   The baskets have grown since the first two baskets we created and I am excited to say they are available to celebrate all babies born with Down syndrome.  They are delivered to all the Twin Cities birth centers and shipped across the United States.

Each basket contains a personal letter from Jack's family and his buddy's and is written to encourage families on this new, unexpected journey.  Brochures from Help Me Grow, Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network (DSDN), Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota (DSAM), National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) and Gigi's Playhouse-Twin Cities are provided in the baskets along with a personalized onesie, a book titled Bloom by Kelle Hampton, a book titled The Uncomplicated Life: A Father's Memoir of His Exceptional Daughter by Paul Daugherty, a blanket, a hand knit hat and booties, two free online books titled Unexpected: Stories of Down syndrome Diagnosis by Jen Jacob and Welcoming a Newborn with Down Syndrome by Nancy McCrea Iannone and Stephanie Hall Meredith, a violin lullaby CD, and favorite toys of Jack's. 

Donations to Jack's baskets are welcomed and are tax-deductible because of the wonderful partnership with GiGi's Playhouse-Twin Cities.  Jack’s Basket is an active part of Gigi’s Medical Outreach Program which ensures that every new and expectant parent in the Twin Cities is provided resources and avenues of support within the community.  We aim to educate medical providers on how to discuss the diagnosis in an unbiased way in hopes that the birth of a child with Down syndrome is celebrated like any other. 

Please visit the REQUEST A BASKET page if you are interested in following the process of getting a new family a basket and ensuring they start their journey off with support!