Sharing Down Syndrome

November 2023 Newsletter

Wishing our families a Happy Thanksgiving!

Gina's Blog

November 2023

From My Heart to Yours, Love, David’s Mom

Dear Sharing Families,

Every Thanksgiving, I think about all the blessings of my life. I’ve been married to a really good guy (Curt Johnson) for the past 49 years, and God has blessed us with seven wonderful kids and thirteen grandkids.

When our David came along, in my sadness of hearing his diagnosis, I thought there was a rule in the unwritten handbook for parents of children with disabilities that said I would never smile or laugh again. 

Boy, was I wrong! ...

Read more of Gina's blog! 

Sharing Educates Mayo Clinic

Genetic Counseling Students

On October 24, 2023, Sharing Down Syndrome speakers had the pleasure of visiting a group of future genetic counseling students at Mayo Clinic. Many thanks to Dr. Katherine Brandish for inviting Sharing to speak with her wonderful genetic counseling students. These genetic counselors will bless our world beyond words.

Sharing Gratitudes

Thank you, Carol Tingey, for your wonderful Hip Hop Homies Halloween party! The picture of Kelly with the baby says it all, "where there is love, there is life." - Mother Teresa

If you want to donate to her Home for the Homies nonprofit or for more information go to

Upcoming Events

Annual Sharing Christmas Party

We are looking forward to reuniting with families to kick off the Christmas season! This celebration features pictures with Santa. Pictures will be available for download from our website. All individuals with Down syndrome and their siblings can walk through Santa's Workshop to choose a gift to take home. Enjoy games, run through KinectAbility Athletics obstacle course and enjoy free snacks to replenish energy. Get your boogie on with DJ Ron spinning your favorite tunes! Facios Dogs and Dee Lite's Backyard Bayou food trucks will be on-site to serve up delicious meals at affordable prices. Elsa and Anna from Frozen and other characters be visiting to party with us! Scan the QR code above or click the button link to register your entire family!

RSVP for 2023 Christmas Party

Giving Tuesday

Your thoughtful consideration of donating to Sharing allows the oldest Down syndrome organization in Arizona to continue to provide free programs and services to thousands of families who have a loved one embracing Down syndrome. We are a qualifying charitable organization in Arizona as what you give is what you get back on your taxes. Donations can be given up until the close to file your 2023 taxes. Sharing will be giving away a gift basket to the top donor who submits their donation by November 28th, 2023.

The grand prize gift basket includes an extraordinarily soft and warm blanket donated by Minky Couture, a crystal bracelet set donated by Living Balanced Reiki, $50 worth of Starbucks gift cards, $20 Panera Bread gift card, 2 Sharing Down Syndrome t-shirts - one adult sized and 1 child or baby sized, and more to be announced on our social medias!

Our QCO code is: 20543

Donations can be made at

Great opportunity for families who have a loved one with a dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and Autism!  Fill out the Google Form below no later than November 6th, to get started with your nomination. Nominees should reside in Maricopa County and have at least one person in their home who has a diagnosis of Autism. Self-nominations are accepted.

Thank you to the Autism Society of Greater Phoenix for their generosity!

Submit a Nomination

Please support our sponsors who have given to us so generously over the years. We are thankful for all of you!

Thank You To All Of Our Supporters

Diamond Sponsors

Blacker Orthodontics

The Colten Cowell Foundation

Providence Homes

The Saguaros (formerly The Scottsdale 20/30 Club)


No Missing Links Foundation (Gilbert, AZ)

Ak-Chin Indian Community

Platinum Sponsors

The Global Down Syndrome Foundation

Kerr Endodontics 

Albertsons, Safeway and Vons – Southwest Division

National First Response Roofing

Mountain View Funeral Home & Cemetery

The Colton Cowell Foundation

Earnhardt Automotive Employees

Gold Sponsors

Farnsworth Ricks Management & Realty - Sylvia & Leon Ricks

Phelps LeClair Estate Law

All Aboard Services

Johnson-Larsen Family Dentistry

Silver Sponsors

The Tempe Diablos

Valle Luna Mexican Food & Cantinas 

Save This Memory Photography & Videography

Salt River Project Employees

Vindicor Pest Services

Bell Bank – Jeremy King

Sassy’s Cafe & Bakery

AZ Dignity Health

Amazon PHX3

Sheet Rock and Metal Air Conditioning National Association

Bronze Sponsors

Foresight Chiropractic Wellness Center

Milestone Pediatrics

Best Trophies and Awards 

Scottsdale Injury Lawyers


Hope Group 

Brooks Orthodontics

Endeavor HCBS

Sharing the Good Life

Paul Kelly Maxillofacial

Friends of Sharing 

AZ Dept of Economic Security – Department of Developmental Disabilities

Susan Marks & Advocates

Raising Special Kids

Arizona State University Sensorimotor Research Lab

Fiesta Bowl Charities

KinectAbility Athletics

US Borne Books

Tyler's Place

AZ Premier Flag Football

...and the countless in-kind donors, families, individuals, volunteers, and organizations who give us so much strength and support. We are truly grateful.


You can select our organization as your charity of choice when you sign up for Fry's Rewards. Thank you to our loyal participants. Each month Fry's Food Stores sends a report of our earnings!

Sharing Down Syndrome Arizona is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and all contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. EIN: 86-0822557.

Our Arizona State Tax Qualifying Charitable Organization (QCO Code) is 20543.