A cup of coffee goes a long way; how it is helping National Down Syndrome in Roanoke

Roanoke Valley News

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Chris’s Coffee and Custard in southeast Roanoke does more than just provide customers with java boosts and sweet treats. The business is also focused on hiring people with special abilities.

Some of the coffee shop’s employees have Down Syndrome. This year, the business is celebrating National Down Syndrome Awareness Month by donating some of their proceeds to the Down Syndrome Association of Roanoke.

National Down Syndrome Awareness Month was created in the 1980s as a way to celebrate individuals with Down Syndrome, as well as highlight the importance of acceptance and acknowledging everyone as equals.

According to the National Down Syndrome Society, when it comes to Down Syndrome, the people who have it still face stereotypes and myths. Over the years, though, those with the condition say it’s just one part of who they are and that it should not define them or limit their abilities.

You can show support for Chris’s Coffee and Custard and the Down Syndrome Association of Roanoke by visiting the shop at 1824 9th Street SE, which is open Tuesday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

This month, the Down Syndrome Association of Roanoke is also hosting a virtual Buddy Walk, with the proceeds going toward supporting both local and national initiatives that benefit people with Down Syndrome.

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