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For the Klein family, March 21 is not just a day like any other.
It’s World Down Syndrome Day, and it holds special meaning for the family whose son, Brody, was born in July 2011 and diagnosed with Down Syndrome, Jen Klein told Fox News.
When Brody was born, the mother-of-four living in Mandan, North Dakota, admitted she didn’t know anyone with Down syndrome and didn’t even know there was a day set aside awareness of genetic disease.
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Shortly after Brody’s birth, the family connected with Designer Genes, a local group that supports families with children with Down syndrome.
“It’s nice to know that other families in your community know what you’re going through,” Jen said. “There’s always someone you can call and ask for advice or speak honestly about the challenges and struggles that come with our journey…but most of all share stories of milestones and accomplishments.”
Over the past few years, the Kleins have spent countless days raising awareness for World Down Syndrome Day through random acts of kindness in their Mandan community.
This year, they decided to go further.
“I just want people to know that just because someone looks different on the outside, they’re a human being, just like you and me on the inside,” Jen told Fox News. “They have a heart, they have a mind, they have a spirit and they are going to be who they want to be.”
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In an effort to spread this message, Jen decided to sell homemade bath bombs. Proceeds will be donated to Designer Genes on March 21.
Every night for the past month, Jen has sat at her kitchen table for about an hour molding Brody’s Buddies bath bombs to try and keep up with the many requests that come in to the Brody’s Buddies bath bombs Facebook page. .
With the help of Brody and other family members, she makes 30 to 40 more bath bombs.
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Jen says she has received dozens of orders from people all over the country.
“I didn’t expect it to go this far and this big… my heart is just full with all the people reaching out to me,” she said.
So far, the family has raised over $500 with just under a month.