This year, Jack's Basket has experienced phenomenal growth and expansion! We have celebrated 1,500 babies in 2021! Over 4,500 babies have been welcomed with a Jack's Basket in all 50 states and in 33 countries! Thank you for joining us in supporting new families and celebrating babies around the world. The year, and our work, is not over yet! Help us continue to reach new medical providers and send baskets to babies near and far.
How to help Jack's Basket on Give to the Max Day 2021:
Give a one-time donation of $150 to cover the cost of an entire basket and shipping costs! Any gift of ANY amount makes an impact, here are other ways you can give:
Update since the pandemic began: Jack’s Basket continues to support new and expectant families and celebrate their babies. Due to COVID-19, all baskets were shipped directly to family homes. Where available, local parent-volunteers will connect with new parents via phone and text until guidelines indicate it is safe to visit in person. Now we are continuing to offer a parent connection via text or call but also can deliver in person if we have a volunteer in the area. This addition has expanded our reach to provide that parent connection that is vital! COVID-19 impacted our Medical Outreach program from in-person training sessions to Zoom, WebEx, and other online platforms. This has allowed us to meet with providers around the country and spread the positive message of Jack's Basket with medical teams.
Jack’s Basket is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to celebrate babies with Down syndrome. We strive to ensure that every new and expectant parent is provided resources and avenues of support within the community. We aim to educate medical providers on how to discuss the diagnosis in an unbiased way in hopes that having a baby with Down syndrome is celebrated like any other.
Jack’s Basket was created in 2014 by Carissa Carroll. After a year of finding joy in the unexpected, Jack’s family wanted to celebrate his life by bringing hope and encouragement to another family starting their journey. As she contemplated what to bring a family, flowers were an obvious, but not quite meaningful enough gift, so in March 2014, Jack’s family delivered their first Jack’s Basket to the same hospital where Jack was born in Minnesota. In December 2016, Carissa made Jack’s Basket an official 501(c)3 so she could increase her reach and continue to be there to congratulate and support families on their journey.