Dimes for Down's Syndrome
The Make-A-Wish Foundation doesn't grant wishes to persons with Down's Syndrome because it's not considered a life-threatening illness. But in under two years, a New Paltz mother of two adopted children with Down's Syndrome has already granted nearly 50 wishes after creating "Gifts from the Heart for Downs."
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NEW PALTZ, N.Y. -- Kimberly Adams said she always felt called to look after the overlooked. In under two years since creating the nonprofit "Gifts from the Heart for Downs," Kimberly has granted nearly fifty wishes to adults and kids like her own two, with Down's Syndrome.
"I was asked, did you know anybody with Down's Syndrome, and I did not," said Adams. "I didn't have a family member, we didn't have any friends who had children with Down's Syndrome, but you sometime know that that's what you're supposed to do, that that's your life journey."
Kimberly has worked night and day for 17 years to care for Judy and Matthew, her two adopted children. And now she's a fairy godmother for families around the country, making their dreams come true; Everything from a meeting with Miley Cyrus or John Travolta, to getting an iPad or a specially made tricycle.
"You can give them the simplest thing and they're so thankful and grateful," said Adams.
"Special, nice and excited,” said Kimberly's thirteen-year-old daughter, Judy.
“You think they go around the house all day long with a smile?” our reporter asked.
“Yes," she replied.
Judy recently came up with the idea of raising Dimes for Downs, to help her mom fill other wishes.
"Her goal is 155 million," said Kimberly. "Mine? You know--the skies the limit."
So far, 35,294 dimes have been sent in from as far away as Australia. Kimberly says all the work is rewarding--those with Down's Syndrome have shown her unconditional love.
"I personally believe that they're angels, angels here on earth," said Kimberly. "It just makes me happy to be able to do that for them, because my children have done so much for me."
If you're interested in chipping in a few dimes, please visit www.giftsfromtheheartfordowns.org.