Beautiful Baby Boy With Down Syndrome Named New Gerber Baby.
A New Baby
Jason Warren had tears rolling down his face when he learned that his 18-month-old son Lucas was this year's Gerber Baby. Lucas was definitely chosen for his cuteness, but there's something extremely special about Lucas being chosen. Something so special that Lucas' family hopes the impact goes beyond their family.
Looking For Babies
Owner of a vegetable and fruit company, Daniel Frank Gerber, founded Gerber baby food in 1927. A year later, the new brand put out a call asking parents for pictures of their babies for the company's new advertisements. They were looking for a baby that had a face that best represented the new baby food. Dorothy Hope Smith was one of the participants.
A Drawing Of A Neighbor
Dorothy was an artist that liked drawing children in particular. She drew a charcoal sketch of her five-month-old neighbor, Ann Turner Cook, and submitted it to Gerber. Dorothy told the judges that if she won, she would finish the sketch professionally. Dorothy did in fact win, but Gerber didn't want her to change. That's when little Ann became the official Gerber baby until 2010.
A New Trend
In order to reawaken their brand, Gerber started the Gerber Baby Photo Search in 2010, asking for parents to submit the cutest pictures of their adorable babies for a contest. Mercy Townsend was the first baby chosen. Ever since then, there has been a new baby every year. But this has been the most special year yet.
A Bright, Smiling Face
Jason and Cortney Warren live with their son Lucas in Dalton, Georgia. Lucas has Down Syndrome, but that doesn't define who he is. "He's very outgoing and never meets a stranger. He loves to play, loves to laugh and loves to make other people laugh," said Cortney. Until a family member brought it to her attention, she never thought Lucas could be the face of a brand.
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