Last year, Americans spent $4.45 billion on Thanksgiving and Black Friday combined. Can you imagine the impact if an equal amount was given to nonprofits?
That's the idea behind Giving Tuesday, a day set aside to give back to organizations that make an impact on the world. Giving Tuesday is next Tuesday, November 29th. If you make a gift to the Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin Inc (DSAW), you will fund life-changing programs and services that help thousands of dreams come true. We'd like to tell you about Henric and his family, who have big dreams for Henric's life.
Like many parents, Ana was devastated when she received Henric's postnatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. Despite these initial feelings, life quickly got better.
"We got through a really difficult first year, adjusting to the changes and challenges... it has strengthened our marriage and feels like our family has become 'bulletproof,' like there is nothing we can't handle together," Ana says.
Ana and her family are grateful for the supportive friends and great families they've met through DSAW. "It makes us feel like there is a bright future ahead for BOTH of our boys," she says. The Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin excels at connecting families together across the state. When you surround yourself with families who are going through the same joys and challenges, there is always hope for a bright future.
DSAW will be an asset to Ana and her family in the next 5 years, too. "My dreams for Henric are to have close-knit DSAW friends that he will grow up with, that we continue to see improvements and milestones from therapy, and that he is happy and well-rounded." From member socials to summer therapies, DSAW will help Henric and his family reach their goals and acheive their dreams.
When you support DSAW Inc., you make stories like Ana's possible across the state by providing resources and support for families in need and paving the way for future generations. Together, we can help individuals with Down syndrome exceed expectations. In this season of giving, will you consider making a gift to DSAW on Giving Tuesday? We couldn't do it without you!
Warmly,Dawn NuofferExecutive DirectorDown Syndrome Association of Wisconsin
PS - As you scoop up big deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, consider donating your savings on Giving Tuesday. It's an easy way to give back!