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.
We recently celebrated our 2,168th baby! The first week of May we shipped a basket to our 15th country, which brought our total to 320 baskets shipped and babies welcomed and celebrated in 2020! Help us continue to welcome and celebrate babies by donating $21 (the cost of shipping a basket!).
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.