Dreams Coming True!

Dreams Coming True!

Posted by Rachel Smith and Caryn Croll on Nov 1st 2018

Grab a tissue for this one.

Last month we launched Ruby's 'Dream Big' Custom For a Cause sock with proceeds going directly to Ruby's Rainbow. They provide scholarships to adults with Down syndrome to attend college to pursue their dreams. Since then, you've now helped us raise over $4,000!!! Unbelievable!

Now to see this in action, we want to introduce you to Caryn. From Caryn herself, "being able to go to college has changed my life! I've taken so many classes at Raritan Valley Community College, including American Sign Language, computers, career development, jazz dance, and English. I'm currently taking a public speaking course to help me plan my speeches and work on my confidence. It's helping me become an even better advocate for people with Down syndrome!

This semester, I became an intern at the RVCC Childcare Center. My job is to help the main teacher with whatever activities the kids are working on that day, and to teach them some ASL whenever I can! After taking ASL, I became a Signing Time Instructor. I even started a business with my sister! It's called Happy Hands, and we teach ASL to children and their families through songs, games, stories, and more.

I hope to turn teaching into a career, and to keep giving speeches about how people with Down syndrome can do anything. I'm already proving it on campus everyday! I've been able to advocate in each of my classes, and let my professors, classmates, and other students see that people with Down syndrome can be great college students. College has taught me that if I work hard, keep persevering, and never give up, I can definitely make my dreams come true!"

From everyone at Pride Socks and Ruby's Rainbow, thank YOU for helping us open doors and create opportunities! If you want a pair of the amazing socks filled with rainbows, goldfish and a unicorn, head here to get a pair. And if you haven't seen the video yet of the amazing Ruby, THE designer of the Dream Big sock, click on the same link and scroll down and press play. Keep that tissue in hand!

Cheers and Love!