Gift Baskets for Down Syndrome Diagnoses

Having a baby is stressful enough, but having a baby diagnosed with Down syndrome can be downright scary.  This is especially the case when parents don't know the diagnosis before their baby is born. 

In the Eugene/Springfield area, when a mom has a baby diagnosed with Down syndrome, she might receive a 2-page brochure or, at best, a book. 

We want to welcome new families with a gift basket, especially chosen for babies with Down syndrome. 

Each gift basket will include 1-2 books about Down syndrome,  small toys specially chosen to be helpful for babies with Down syndrome, and an assortment of other items such as lotion for mama and organic baby shampoo.  We will also include brochures and information about local and national resources that can help the new family transition more easily and more positively into life with Down syndrome.

Each basket is estimated to cost about $50 to assemble.  Total fundraising of $500 would allow us to assemble 10 baskets, which would cover the Eugene/Springfield area for about 2 years.  Or, potentially, allow us to distribute baskets to hospitals outside of our area, such as Cottage Grove or Florence.  

Our main goal is that the NEXT baby born in our area will be able to receive a basket.  We don't want another mother to go home without this personal welcome to the Down syndrome community.  Thank you for helping this dream become a reality!


Heather Hicks
Springfield, OR

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