Gerber Products Company was founded in 1927 in Fremont, Michigan, by Daniel Frank Gerber. Back then, Daniel’s wife, Dorothy, began making hand-strained food for their seven-month-old daughter Sally, and it turned into a family business.
People recognize it by the cute Gerber baby featuring on the products’ packages. Since 2010, the company has held a yearly photo contest where they look for the perfect pair of chubby cheeks to be their new mascot. This year, it is an adorable baby again, and the first one with Down Syndrome to be featuring the packages.
“Every year, we choose the baby who best exemplifies Gerber’s longstanding heritage of recognizing that every baby is a Gerber baby,” Bill Partyka, CEO and president told TODAY.com.
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This year, after receiving more than 140,000 entries, Gerber chose Lucas Warren, a 1-year-old boy with Down syndrome.
You won’t believe how adorable he is! Look at that smile!
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“He’s very outgoing and never meets a stranger,” said his mom, Cortney.
“He loves to play, loves to laugh and loves to make other people laugh.”
His dad added, “We’re hoping this will impact everyone — that it will shed a little bit of light on the special needs community and help more individuals with special needs be accepted and not limited. They have the potential to change the world, just like everybody else.”
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Just a few hours after the announcement, parents began sharing their approval.
Many were happy that people with disabilities got the chance to inspire others with parents sharing photos and stories of their own bundles of joy.
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“He may have Down syndrome, but he’s always Lucas first. He’s got an awesome personality and he goes through the milestones of every child,” Cortney said, “We’re hoping when he grows up and looks back on this, he’ll be proud of himself and not ashamed of his disability.”
Here is more on the very first Gerber baby.