Providing Support to Individuals with Down syndrome

**Step Up Walk Canceled**

The devastation of Hurricane Harvey has impacted the entire community along the Gulf Coast and particularly in the Galveston-Houston area that GHFEDS serves. At least ten GHFEDS member-families have been directly affected by the storm, and virtually all of us have family or friends who have suffered damage or loss to their homes, businesses and schools.

GHFEDS has traditionally held its annual fundraiser and community awareness event - the Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk - in October. The Step Up Walk provides an opportunity for GHFEDS members, friends, family and the community to come together to celebrate individuals with Down syndrome and to support the organization.

While Harvey has not dampened our spirits or detracted from the GHFEDS mission to serve its members, we recognize that the community must focus on recovery and rebuilding in the immediate aftermath of the storm. For this reason, the GHFEDS Board made the decision to cancel this year’s Step Up Walk. GHFEDS is financially sound thanks to the generous support of our members, sponsors and the community, and will continue to provide the social, educational, and enrichment events and other services to GHFEDS members as we look forward to resuming the Step Up Walk in October 2018. For those who have already registered for this year’s walk as Team Captains or team members, more information will be provided in a separate email.

While this is a difficult time for many individuals and families in our community, GHFEDS would like to acknowledge the tremendous outpouring of support from individuals and organizations seeking to help the GHFEDS families who have been directly affected by the devastation of Harvey. The GHFEDS Board has collected supplies, donated gift cards and other items and facilitated distribution of the generous donations of many organizations and individuals to the GHFEDS families affected by Harvey. We are grateful to all of those who have sought to assist and support our families during this difficult time.

Warmest regards,

GHFEDS Board of Directors

GHFEDS Programs and Events

Resources and Baby Baskets for New and Expectant Parents

New Parent Club

Educational Meetings and Workshops for Parents, Caregivers, Professionals

Age Specific Socials for

Family and Parent Socials

Sib Socials

Summer Events

Education Grants for Special Education Teachers

Including You/T21 Conference

World Down Syndrome Day Dance

Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk

Participate in Lil' Rustlers Rodeo

Educational and Medical Outreach

Ways to give to GHFEDS

You can support GHFEDS every time you shop! GHFEDS is now a part of the
Amazon Smile, iGive and Kroger programs that donates a portion of eligible purchases to a non-profit
organization of the customer’s choice. Make sure you link your accounts to GHFEDS via
Amazon Smile 

Thank you for supporting GHFEDS!


GHFEDS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit support organization serving Galveston, Harris and Brazoria County's and other surrounding areas.

P.O. Box 891093
Houston, TX 77289
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