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GiGis is a place of acceptance, warmth, love and encouragement.

1) What does GiGis mean to you? GiGis is a place of acceptance, warmth, love and encouragement.   2) What brought you to GiGis? I made a New Year’s Resolution to give back more. Upon looking for ways to give to the community, I came across a Facebook discussion about programs offered through GiGis. After…

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Potty Training

Check out the link below with a thorough explanation of tips/tricks you can use for potty training. Potty training and Down syndrome Rose Reif is a private practice counselor based in Cary, North Carolina. She offers in-home counseling to kids, adults, and families affected by disabilities.Rose is passionate about helping people with disabilities and their…

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I.N.S.P.I.R.E.D

Inspired.   Isn’t this the way it always happens? You volunteer for a job thinking you are helping but in the end you are the one left inspired and blessed more by the experience. Why do I always forget that when my heart is pulled to get involved but my head says you can’t possibly?…

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not unlike a caterpillar becoming a butterfly

Volunteering at GiGi’s Playhouse has been a godsend to me. Each and every time, I witness what I would call a small miracle of some sort. For an individual child or adult, the sum total of these small miracles results in a true metamorphosis, not unlike a caterpillar becoming a butterfly. Thank you, GiGi’s Playhouse!…

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GiGi’s is so rewarding and more importantly fun!

GiGi’s Playhouse is a place where everyone is welcome and everyone is accepted.  I knew my life needed something special and GiGi’s was exactly what I needed. I am a Preschool Director and have really missed teaching.  LMNOP gives me the opportunity to be a teacher again and make a difference in these families’ lives. …

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Literacy tutoring at GiGis

Since starting the literacy program at GiGi’s, Scott’s interest in reading has definitely sparked again.  I was thrilled and amazed to see him take one of his library books and get on the sofa to begin reading aloud to himself. Simply for the pleasure of reading with no prompting from me!  I had to take…

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What does GiGis mean to me, Joy!

When asked “What does being a volunteer at GiGi’s Playhouse mean to me?” my response has to be “Joy”.  If I were to create a visual representation of this, it would be a photo collage.  Framed in the middle would be an image of a toddler laughing as she participates in the LMNOP program. A…

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Music is indeed FUNdamental!

The sheer joy on the faces of each Kindermusik kid reflects the joy I feel in my heart every time I share music with my GiGi’s families. One of my Favorite songs is Magic Moments, and that aptly describes what happens when I, Mom, Nana or loving caregiver connect with their child through music. Music…

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The GiGi’s community is a family of love and support

When we received a prenatal diagnosis that Dylan would have Down syndrome we were scared and had no clue where to start for support outside of our medical network. We lived in Minneapolis at the time and had received a “Welcome Basket” when Dylan was born, which provided a brochure about GiGi’s Playhouse and were…

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A warm feeling when I walk through the doors of GiGi’s

When I think of GiGi’s Playhouse Raleigh an emotional reaction comes over me that is difficult to put into words.  A warm feeling spreads through me because I know when I walk through the doors of the Playhouse inclusion and love is always present. I will be accepted for me: not my looks, my age,…

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