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Down Syndrome Awareness Items by Vineyard Vines
Vineyard Vines and the National Down Syndrome Society have teamed up to create three different Down Syndrome Awareness items – ties, tote bags and key chains.
All products are the same excellent quality one would expect from a Vineyard Vines and 50% of the proceeds will go directly toward funding NDSS programs.
Buddy Walk® Merchandise
We are pleased to have exclusive Buddy Walk® sweatshirts, blankets, headbands and hats available for purchase in our online store.
Buddy Walk® Coffee
The National Down Syndrome Society is pleased to partner with Furnace Hills Coffee to bring you our line of Buddy Walk® coffee. We currently offer a Buddy Walk® Medium Blend and a Buddy Walk® Decaf Roast. This coffee is roasted in the Furnace Hills of Maryland by their chief roaster, Erin Baldwin, who has Down syndrome.
The mission of Furnace Hills Coffee is to bring out the unique qualities inherent in each coffee bean. They do this by taking a small-batch artisan approach to all of their specialty coffees. The use of automation or computers during the roast process is not practiced; instead each batch is carefully roasted to perfection using smell, sight, sound, touch, and taste. Furnace Hills Coffee is always searching for the best direct trade coffee beans available.
Buddy Walk® coffee sells for $14 a pound and Furnace Hills Coffee will be donating $6 per bag to the National Down Syndrome Society or the local Buddy Walk® organization. Sales through the link on the NDSS website will benefit the National Down Syndrome Society, while sales coming through a local Buddy Walk® organization’s website will benefit that local Buddy Walk®.
John's Crazy Socks
These are unisex socks that will fit women, men and children. There are blue socks with yellow trim (traditional Down syndrome colors) and purple with lilac trim (John’s choice). The combination of 3-21 symbolizes the extra chromosome that people with Down syndrome carry. It also stands for World Down Syndrome Day (March 21). Purchasing these socks also helps raise funds for Down syndrome causes. $1 will be donated to NDSS.
NDSS Note Cards
Bruce Gillespie is the current artist featured on our NDSS Note Cards.
Our latest series includes five cards, each featuring Bruce’s one-of-a-kind cover designs! They are available for $10 per pack and 100% of your purchase will be donated to NDSS. These cards are blank on the inside so you can use them to commemorate special events, honor community members, and to share your thoughts and wishes on memorable occasions. Each time you send a card to one of your personal contacts, you are helping NDSS raise awareness for the value, acceptance, and inclusion of people with Down syndrome!
Born with Down syndrome in 1952, Bruce has overcome many limitations and has been a successful artist for the past 45 years. Over the years, Bruce has drawn portraits of the greatest jazz musicians in the world –Keith Jarrett, Sonny Rollins, McCoy Tyner, Gary Burton to name a few. In 2015, the Arts Council of New Haven, CT. dedicated an exhibit to these portraits.
More recently, Bruce has been named artist-in-residence for the Knights of Columbus MUSEUM in New Haven and had an exhibition showcasing his drawings entitled “The Creation.”
The five drawings Bruce had submitted to the National Down Syndrome Society were created while Bruce was camping in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts and going to a concert at Tanglewood.