Baby Love Coordinator: Kris Yunker
Well we have another Baby Love under our belts and what a Baby Love it was.
We were joined by a few new families and even a couple who are expecting. There were also a number of families that traveled in from out of town; up to four hours away!
Our Fall Baby Love was the most attended to date with 175 people in attendance. We had 200 RSVP`d, some did not attend due to illness , others I am not sure as I did not hear back from them after the initial RSVP.
Baby Love was intended for new families and over time I feel that the Board and Membership see the benefit we do in having older people with Down Syndrome at this event. It was meaningful to us when my husband and I first attended and after speaking with people at the last couple of events this has been confirmed by many.
CTV news was expected to be there but they could not make it out. We hope they will be in attendance at the Spring Baby Love as it is a very good way to bring awareness to Down Syndrome.
The children were entertained for about an hour by Puff the Clown! All of the children loved her antics, parachute and special balloon animals!
We thank the Covenant Christian Reformed Church for the use of their facility. Thanks to their volunteer Jerry who joked with me that he drew the short straw; from what I heard he even did most of the dishes. Thank you to the Church`s Youth Group that had the task of setting up all of the tables and chairs the night before.
A special shout out to Christine for once again going on a mission of finding the awesome toys and books that she hands out to our children with Down Syndrome. This Fall instead of handing them toys selected by her she allowed the children to choose one on their own only adding to the excitement of receiving a gift.
Thank you to our MDSS member Donna for helping out with pretty much whatever we needed help with, whether it be greeting and signing people in when I could not but also with the set up and clean of the event. Even our MDSS President Val got her hands dirty by assisting in the kitchen with Christine`s mom Pat; great jobs ladies. Thank you to Kathy who took photographs of the event, I can`t wait to see them. Some attendees remained behind after Baby Love ended to help with putting away the tables and chairs,it was a great help so Thank you all for that.
We will see you at the next Baby Love in the Spring; date to be announced.
“We hope you leave having met a new friend“