Hellllllooooo blogging world! Or rather, my two friends who will likely read this first post. (Hi, sweet Micah & lovely Carly!)
Okay, so, one of the goals behind JSP is to advocate. And primarily that looks like caring for orphans and supporting families staying together and when that's not possible, rallying with adoption and fostering efforts to create homes for children in need of a family. My heart is HUGE for both of these areas.
And while I have a lot of things brewing on that front, I also want to partner with other organizations and causes. That brings me to October, which is Down Syndrome Awareness Month!
This month JSP is donating 20% of its proceeds to our local GiGi's Playhouse in Sugar Land!!
GiGi’s mission is to change the way the world views Down syndrome through national campaigns, educational programs, and by empowering individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community.
The work GiGi's does is invaluable to the families they serve. Down Syndrome is still a cloudy subject for many, not only in our country but across the globe.
In some countries, those with Down Syndrome are seen as unfit for society and cast aside to live in hospitals or asylyms, alone and without family.
In our own country, pregnancies reporting a Down Syndrome diagnosis have an astounding 60-92% abortion rate. (Our reporting practices aren't the best but due to recent research efforts, 60% is recognized as the newest and most updated statistic compared with the long reported 92% figure.)
Misconceptions and myths surrounding Down Syndrome perpetuate abortion rates. And that's why Down Syndrome Awareness Month exists- to spread awareness and break barriers causing those with the disorder to become marginalized and largely misunderstood.
These lives matter. These lives are worthy. And I'm thrilled to partner with GiGi's Playhouse to continue their good work in serving families and educating our community.
So! It's lovely Fall and many of us want family pictures! Join me in supporting GiGi's by booking a mini-session with me and 20% of the proceeds will go straight to them.
You can contact me here or just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.