On Thursday, March 21, the Down Syndrome Foundation of Southeastern New Mexico (DSFSENM) would like the entire community to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) with us. This day is recognized as WDSD because it signifies the third copy of the 21st chromosome.
Each year, this day is set aside to help communities raise awareness on Down syndrome and all the wonderful and unique contributions that individuals with Down syndrome bring to our society. Ways that our community can participate include:
• 1. Jail and bail fundraiser – The DSFENM will set up a jail at Classic’s Frozen Custard starting at 11 a.m. Local police officers have volunteered their time to arrest local community members who will then be taken to jail to raise bail for themselves to get out. They will have use of their social media, cell phones and word of mouth to let family and friends know that they need to be bailed out, but anyone can stop by to donate that day to help.
• 2. Crazy socks – Wear your bold and crazy socks on this day to help raise awareness. You may get asked, “What’s with the socks?” This will give you the perfect opportunity to use your voice to celebrate the wonderful things about individuals with Down syndrome all while advocating for individuals rights, inclusion and respect.
• 3. You can always support by donating online securely by visiting dsfsenm.org/donate.
If there are any questions, comments or concerns, or if you would like to volunteer for any upcoming events that we have throughout the year, please call the office at 575-622-1099.