We have partnered with Krista and 'Adele's Over the Rainbow Baskets' for almost 3 years now. We first became in contact through one facebook mesaage asking if "Acorn and Leaf was going to Change the Face of Beauty in 2015". That one note turned into a phone call, that turned into a friendship and commitment to support a wonderful and deserving cause. Through Krista's online educating, advocating and presence so many people have come to be apart of a bigger picture. It is amazing the community, network and supports that have formed in the social network from Krista being that voice. We are so proud of our friend and the work that she is doing. I am constantly in awe of all that she does and the hours she puts into this. There are a few links at the bottom that will give you a more in depth look as to what this beautiful mom and her family works so hard at.
We are proud to support by donating a portion of proceeds from our Seconds Sale to Adele's Over the Rainbow Baskets.
Why did you start Adele's Over the Rainbow Baskets?
I started Adele's Over the Rainbow Baskets because I feel that families who have a baby born with Down syndrome deserve to hear 'congratulations' and that 'it will be ok'. Families aren't always given the diagnosis in a comforting and loving way, instead they are told that something is wrong with their baby or they hear 'I'm sorry, but your baby has Down syndrome'. Every baby deserves a warm welcome. It is quite the shock to be given the news and it is overwhelming and your mind races and fear takes over. I want to provide a family with some comfort, answer questions and reassure them that although it wasn't the journey that they expected, it will be beautiful.
How many families to date have you delivered to?
We are coming up on 70 baskets in total and recently, we expanded to Red Deer and Edmonton.
How do the families react to your visits?
Almost all of the families are very grateful and have lots of questions. There are times though when the family feels too overwhelmed and it's difficult for them to express their emotions to a stranger. There have been times when the mom and dad have not yet shared the news with their own families. I need to be respectful of where they are at and provide as much support as I can. Most families love knowing that we are on the same team. I reassure them that I understand and that there is no doubt that they love their baby madly......it was unexpected news and it takes time to digest all of the information. One day at a time and one step at a time.
What would you LOVE to see the baskets grow into?
My goal is to become a registered charity and continue to expand the baskets. I have one more project up my sleeve, but it's a secret until I can make it happen. I have so much love for the Down syndrome community and I am incredibly grateful for all of the love, support and kind words from those all over the world. The donations have steadily come in for the past 3.5 years and I couldn't be more appreciative of all the beautiful gifts from complete strangers, mom and pop shops, those who have children with Down syndrome and from my own friends and family.
To read more about Krista and her journey follow her here:
Instagram: Click Here
Facebook: Click Here
Blogs: A Perfect Extra Chromosome
Photo by: Modern Nest Photography
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