Jack's Basket

A nonprofit organization

$4,600 Raised by 8 Donors

31% complete

$15,000 Goal

2020 has altered the way we work and play, but it has not changed the fact that we continue to welcome and celebrate babies born with Down syndrome every single day. This year, Jack's Basket has experienced phenomenal growth and expansion with local Down syndrome organizations in Atlanta and Delaware. We have celebrated 1,315 babies in 2020! Over 3,000 babies have been welcomed with a Jack's Basket in all 50 states and in 26 countries!

Founder and Executive Director, Carissa Carroll, said the following about 2020:

"Many have chalked up 2020 as the year of the unexpected. It’s tempting to focus on all that is lost, yet we choose to celebrate. We choose to focus on the growth and impact that can happen when we choose to accept the unexpected journey." 

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 2020:

Give  a one-time donation of $21 to cover the cost of domestic shipping! 

Other ways to give: 

  • Make a one-time donation. 
    • $150 fills and delivers an entire basket. 
    • $50 buys the books that inform and inspire new and expectant parents on this journey. 
    • $25 makes sure each basket contains a blanket for snuggling and a toy for baby's playtime.
  • Set up a recurring monthly donation. Over the course of a year you can:
    • celebrate 12 babies ($150/month)
    • buy 100 Be Strong Be Courageous baby one-pieces ($50/month)
    • print the Letters from our Families piece for 300 new families to be welcomed into the community ($25/month)

A note about COVID-19

Jack’s Basket continues to support new and expectant families and celebrate their babies.  Due to COVID-19, all baskets will be 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.  COVID-19, has changed 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.

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Jack's Basket

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