The Congratulations Project is an initiative in which members of the PALS family write letters to new members of the Down syndrome community. These letters are designed to inspire, encourage, welcome and, most importantly, congratulate expecting or new parents and siblings of a child with Down syndrome.


for new families

The Congratulations Project is an initiative in which members of the PALS family write letters to new members of the Down syndrome community. These letters are designed to inspire, encourage, welcome and, most importantly, congratulate expecting or new parents and siblings of a child with Down syndrome.

 
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We have sent over 600 letters and packages to new and expecting families around the world. Each Congratulations Project package includes a personal letter and image from a Camper, a pacifier, a onesie, a personalized card, a PALS bracelet, and a gift card for free tuition at one of our programs.


The Congratulations Project book is now available! 

Read an exclusive preview of the book's introduction featured on The Mighty.


Ordering details

The Congratulations Project is available for $40 (hardcover) and $21 (paperback). Receive a 20% discount during the month of October when you order through Lettercase! If you would like to order the book in larger quantities (10 or more) contact congratulations@palsprograms.org

As you read the Congratulations Project letters in this book, you will see what Gage saw that week. Each one is really a love letter to life and all its possibilities. And they are written not just to the new parents of babies with Down syndrome, but to the babies themselves.
— Meredith Vieira

Help us share the joy

There are 65 Down syndrome clinics, 33,000 OBGYNs, 4,000 genetic counselors, and 5,000 hospitals across the country.  With your help, we can raise funds to have books available at all of them. Every donation of $40 sends another book filled with hope to one of these locations.

 
 
 
 
 

Would you like to catch a sneak peek of The Congratulations Project book? Check out our digital book preview here.


Our Partners

  • Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania

  • Adele's Over the Rainbow Baskets

  • Down Syndrome Network of Montgomery County

  • Jack's Basket

  • Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia

  • Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area

  • Down Syndrome Association of Houston

  • Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas

 

Want to help support the Congratulations Project? Do you know of a local organization that would like to be involved? Email us at congratulations@palsprograms.org.


THE CONGRATULATIONS PROJECT HAS BEEN FEATURED ON

Read Our Words 

Camp PALS campers write these letters during their week of Camp PALS each summer. Click here to see some of our featured letters. 


“It gave me so much hope and strength when I was still trying to figure out what Down syndrome would mean for our son. Thank you for giving me that first glimpse into what a great life he will have.”
— Letter Recipient