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Volunteers with Down syndrome come together to bring Easter cheer to children’s hospital

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Posted at 4:25 PM, Mar 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-21 18:25:12-04

LAYTON, Utah – Saturday is World Down Syndrome Day, and a group of volunteers came together to mark the occasion by serving others.

More than 25 teenagers and young adults with Down syndrome volunteered their time, and together they filled about 120 Easter baskets for patients at Primary Children’s Hospital. The baskets contained a variety of items, from pacifiers to Nerf footballs to iTunes gift cards, and they will be given to infants and teenagers.

The project is sponsored by Wonderwood Academy, which is a non-profit organization serving Utahns with Down syndrome.

Eric Ehlen, CEO of Wonderwood Academy, said part of their goal is to show that people who have Down syndrome can contribute in meaningful ways.

“We want people to be aware that they can contribute in our community, and I think a lot of people feel they need to be entertained or they need the extra help, but they can do the same thing,” he said. “We want to show people that they have that ability.”

The group will deliver the baskets to the hospital next Saturday, and the hospital staff is putting on a small reception to show their appreciation. About 100 volunteers helped gather the supplies for the baskets during the last month. To learn more about Wonderwood Academy, visit their website.