RECAP – 2016 World Down Syndrome Day Project


Words from Hayden’s Mom
Hayden’s project has been so touching & powerful.   Her project actually brings me to tears – happy tears.  I can not believe the amount of positive support, encouraging notes & comments she has received!  We are very proud of her,  she has been a busy young lady.

A couple of weeks after she started her project I went on the Down Syndrome International page which is organization based in the United Kingdom.  For the last 11 years Down Syndrome International has stated March 21st (3.21)
as World Down Syndrome Day.

This year their theme is:
“My Friends, My Community” – The benefits of inclusive environments for today’s
children and tomorrow’s adults

Jacob is only 2 & I have seen major benefits of him being in inclusive environments.  He learns so much from his peers & siblings – its beautiful to see!  To see our friends (even from around the world) & community participate in her project just melts my heart.

Thank you to all those that supported her project – she has learned a lot!  For those that ordered enjoy your World Down Syndrome Day keepsakes. If you still want to purchase items we will be taking orders through March 11.  We want to make sure we get them delivered by March 21st :).  We still have a drawing coming so be on the look out for butterfly charms in the orders.  (let me know if you received one)

See below on project details.

Project Recap

As of March 1, 2016 she has raised $696.00 from products sold & extra cash donations. 

1/2 of the proceeds will be donated to Designer Genes & the other 1/2 will be donated to HADSA (Hawkeye Area Down Syndrome Association).  These two organizations are located in Northeast & Eastern Iowa.  The groups provide education, support & advocacy to those individuals, their friends, families & professionals that are blessed by Down syndrome.

(Bruce helped Hayden put together the graphs below)

54 Bracelets, 56 Necklaces & 89 Key Chains Purchased as of 3.1.16.

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Orders from the Following States:
Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska, South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida

Orders from the Following Countries: 
Germany, Brazil & China

states countries

Lessons Learned from the Project:

Organizational skills, money counting, chart making, teamwork, patience, depositing money in the bank, the gift of giving, time management, plus much more!

Project Pictures:


Happy World Down Syndrome Day (3.21) from the Schmitz Family!



2015 World Down Syndrome Day “Random Acts of Kindness” Project


2014 World Down Syndrome Day “Lots of Socks” Project


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