Men For Others

Monica is so excited that St. Ignatius High School is hosting a Dress Down for Downs Day again this year! The students are donating money to the Upside of Downs to help families that have a family member with Down Syndrome.

St. Ignatius HS Cleveland Dress Down for Downs October 30, 2015

St. Ignatius HS Cleveland Dress Down for Downs October 30, 2015

We started this blog to give encouragement to families who are new to Down Syndrome. It should give hope to see what a great life Monica has!

At St. Ignatius, the students live a motto of Men For Others. Like her brothers, Monica also gives service in many ways. She is also donating to the Upside of Downs. She will contribute one dollar for every person who views her blog the same day St. Ignatius has the Dress Down, October 30th.

Monica is also busily knitting baby hats as part of our St. Angela parish-wide day of service FIAT “Faith In Action Together.” Handmade baby items will be donated to Womankind, a maternal and prenatal care center. She continues to collect tabs from soda cans for Ronald McDonald House.

Thanks for reading!

Baby Hats

Baby Hats

Collecting tabs

Collecting tabs

Donating Pull tabs

At Monica’s first job, she learned about saving pull tabs from soda cans. The organization donated the tabs to Ronald McDonald House in Cleveland. Monica knew the purpose of Ronald McDonald House was to help families stay close by when their child was in the hospital.  Monica had enough hospital experiences to know that you want your family to be near when you are sick.

Since changing jobs, she has been collecting the tabs on her own. Pretty soon, family and friends noticed Monica busy during parties, putting tabs into little baggies or cups. Little by little, people started saving them for her and giving her a little baggie now and then. Last November, when we drove to her cousin’s wedding in Florida, she was thrilled to find out how the Florida family had also been saving them for her.  We were glad we drove and didn’t have to carry them on a plane!

Monica's tabs weighin

Finally, Monica had a day off work so she could donate the tabs. We had her hold them and step on the scale. Ten pounds of pull tabs! Monica enjoyed the drive. It was a beautiful day and we loved the Easter decorations in front of Ronald McDonald House.

frontMonica in front

Today, she started again. Four little tabs are in her container already.

new tabs

Thank you for your views!

moni to blog

Last weekend my family posted a challenge on my blog!  They would give one dollar for every view during the challenge period.  My sister, my brothers and friends Tweeted and posted the challenge to their Facebook pages.  It was exciting to see the counts as so many people went to the blog and shared my life experience. We were travelling out of town to visit my brother Greg.  When we arrived we stayed up just a little while longer till midnight to watch the count!  I hope everyone enjoys the blogs and photos as much as I enjoy experiencing this joyful life!  Here I am celebrating with a check for $770 to send to The Upside of Downs today.  Thank you everyone!  Your joyful sister in life, Monica.