Crazy Sock Day or World Down Syndrome Day is March 21st.
Are you new to Crazy Sock Day? This is my third year to participate in bringing awareness to World Down Syndrome Day and I am excited to tell you about it and encourage you to participate as well.
Why March 21st? According to worlddownsyndromeday.org, “The date for WDSD being the 21st day of the 3rd month, was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.”
The purpose of Crazy Sock Day is to bring more awareness and educate people as to what Down Syndrome is, what it means to have Down Syndrome and to remind others that people with Down Syndrome merely want inclusion like everyone else. These children and adults alike have many talents and gifts to offer the world.
Knowledge is power and action is progress.
Recently, Greyson (my grandson) and I spent a Saturday morning with Andrea and Ava Jewell. Ava, who is almost five, is smart, sassy and carries a deep love for Disney Princesses. Ava also has Down Syndrome.
We wanted to spend time with Ava and her mom to learn more about Down Syndrome and also to learn ways we can get involved in promoting and supporting Ava in her journey.
A few months ago while making a winter wreath for my front door I had the idea of making a crazy sock wreath with Ava and her mom as a way to get the word out for people to participate and Rock the Socks. When I presented the idea to Andrea she was excited to be able to educate people and share.
When we arrived at Ava’s house she had just gotten out of bed and she wasn’t quite sure who we were and why we were there.
While I sat up the cameras and the craft area Ava and Greyson bonded while watching a little Repunzel and drinking chocolate milk.
Ava’s mom Andrea explained the purpose and role the local chapter, Down Syndrome Connection of Northwest Arkansas, plays in the lives of many families in Northwest Arkansas. From bowling and field trips to financial and emotional support the Down Syndrome Connection is here for families in Northwest Arkansas.
While Ava wasn’t too interested in helping make the wreath, Andrea, Ava’s precious mom, did a great job crafting her wreath and sharing with us about their journey.
You can watch our Facebook Live video here.
On October 13th, Ava’s team, Ava’s Jewels, will participate in a an inclusion walk . The event is held at the Arvest Ball Park in Springdale, AR. The date has been set, but an itinerary hasn’t been released yet. You can connect here for information and volunteer opportunities.
On a side note, I must confess, I don’t match my socks. I never have. Not even when my children were small. We kept clean socks in a basket in the laundry room and if you needed a pair you grabbed two, ha, not necessarily a pair. Gotta pick your battles, am I right?
The idea of crazy socks and crafting is right up my alley.
Here is the wreath Greyson and I made for our front door.
Whether it’s the Down Syndrome Connection of Northwest Arkansas or another organization I encourage you to get involved in your community. There are many worthy causes that need caring volunteers.
Be you. Be beautiful. Be imperfect.