Gerber keeps highlighting the precious value of every baby’s life through its annual baby photo contest.
This year, the baby food company honored an adopted child for the first time in the history of its contest, according to WJW FOX 8.
Magnolia, of California, “captured the hearts of the judging panel with her joyful expression, playful smile and warm, engaging gaze,” the company said.
“Magnolia represents every Gerber baby, and her family’s story serves as a reminder of what unites all parents and drives everyone at Gerber: the promise to do anything for baby,” it continued.
Magnolia’s mother, Courtney Earl, said they adopted her right after she was born on May 9, 2019.
Earl said they felt privileged to attend their daughter’s birth and connect with her “amazing” birth parents.
“Winning Photo Search is an opportunity to tell Magnolia’s story and shed light on all the beautiful and different ways families are made,” she said.
The Earl family also adopted two of Magnolia’s older sisters, according to the report.
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“At a time when we are yearning for connection and unity, Magnolia and her family remind us of the many things that bring us together: our desire to love and be loved, our need to find belonging, and our recognition that family goes way beyond biology,” said Bill Partyka, president and CEO of Gerber, in a statement.
According to the company, more than 327,000 babies were entered into its contest this year.
Two years ago, the company chose a baby with Down syndrome, Lucas Warren, as the winner.
It’s always beautiful to see a company honoring babies from all walks of life and recognizing that, no matter what their background or their abilities, they are valuable human beings who are worth celebrating.