Down Syndrome Awareness Month: ‘Granthshala & Friends’ spotlights businesses giving back

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Colette DeVitto, founder of Coletti Cookies, said, ‘I love baking

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As part of Down Syndrome Awareness Month, “Granthshala & Friends Weekend” hosts interviewed entrepreneurs from three businesses supporting people with Down syndrome.

“I love baking,” said Colette DeVitto, founder of Coletti’s Cookies.

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The young entrepreneur has Down syndrome and has run the business for six years, employing others with varying abilities.

“I learned to cook by myself. My mom, my sister, my whole family know nothing about baking. I do,” DeVito told Pete Hegseth, Rachel Campos-Duffy and Will Cain on Granthshala Square Sunday morning Told.

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DeVito is also the founder of the non-profit Colletti’s Leadership, an organization that includes mentorship and programs for a variety of offerings, education, and opportunities.

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DeVito isn’t alone in her entrepreneurial success.

Kylie Kaufman, joined Granthshala & Friends Weekend Sunday, said she named her jewelry business after her niece with Down syndrome. lotte321 Raises awareness of Down syndrome.

“Lotte” is derived from her niece’s name, Charlotte, and, 321 is an ode to Down syndrome, which results from a body containing three copies of the 21st chromosome. Charlotte is five years old and Kaufman said her “vision” is for her to handle Lotte 321 when she grows up.

Mark and John Cronin start their own business, johns crazy socks, in 2016 to help raise money for charities supporting people with Down syndrome.

“We have over 3,000 different socks,” said John Cronin.

“You know what that means, John is the owner of the biggest sock shop,” Mark said.

John with Down syndrome said that in his favorite sock is a superhero with Down syndrome.

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“We have others. We have our unity, which is designed to bring people together and get us all talking. And John, you’re giving each member of Congress a pair that we need to separate are more alike than us,” said Mark Cronin.

Campos-Duffy was joined during the segment by her husband, Sean Duffy, and daughter, Valentina, who was born with Down syndrome and a congenital heart defect.


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