"The Birthday Giving Program has been critical in helping us build a community in which every resident feels cared for and celebrated. We do not have the budget to purchase gifts for each resident, and before we found the Birthday Giving Program, did not do our now-beloved monthly birthday events. Now, for some of our residents, the Birthday Giving Program bags may be the only gifts they receive for their birthdays. Giving them these gifts and sharing a birthday cake (at least in the pre-COVID times) has allowed us to show that we are invested in their milestones, to affirm that each person is worthy of celebration, and to build a community of care."
"The Birthday Giving Program has positively impacted the members of Streetwise (vendors and near-homeless/homeless) by giving them that good feeling of someone caring. When we come out of the woodworks singing Happy Birthday and toting one of your bags...some of the recipients appear to decrease in age in front of my eyes...and it's pretty awesome."
"The majority of our members at the Boys & Girls Club of Joliet reside in homeless shelters, are in the foster care system, or come from single parent homes below the poverty line. As a result, the youth that we serve are considered “at-risk.” Each month, we provide The Birthday Giving Program with a list of youth who have birthdays. The Birthday Giving Program then picks a day before the month is over to visit the Boys & Girls Club and brings...custom birthday bags and balloons for each child that is on the list, as well as enough homemade birthday cake for all of our members to enjoy. The idea of recognition and celebration for an individual’s birthday is often taken for granted. The Birthday Giving Program has improved the lives of our members by allowing them to feel special and valued during the most vulnerable and challenging times in their lives."
"Our clients in shelter are fleeing from a domestic violence situation. They come with few possessions and stay until they are healed and ready to move forward. Many children celebrate their birthdays during their time with us. So, you can imagine after all these children have seen and been through, the joy and importance of having their own special birthday celebration with their loved ones. For some of our clients, it is the first time they have ever had a birthday party. For three years, this program has provided generous, age-appropriate presents for each birthday child; an opportunity for families to come together to prepare a wonderful birthday cake in our shelter kitchen; and the ability to throw an amazing, decorated birthday party. We simply could not have the same celebration without their help."
"The Birthday Giving Program has been an immense help at the Abbington Nursing Center where we hold parties for seniors. There is a group of us ladies who hold these parties and rely strictly on our own donations for these events. Needless to say, not only has The Birthday Giving Program provided paper products needed and also some of the treats, but has given the birthday celebrants a small gift which they enjoy so much...The residents so look forward to these visits...from The Birthday Giving Program as many of the residents don't have any regular visitors at all."
"The noblest art is that of making others happy." - P.T. Barnum
"The Birthday Giving Program has impacted the families in our organization in many ways. Bridge Communities families are overcoming homelessness. It brings great relief to families that they are still able to provide a fun birthday for their children without having to worry about how they can afford it. The Birthday Giving Program provides birthday cake mix, frosting, candles, decorations, and gifts. Children love to celebrate their birthday and with the help of The Birthday Giving Program, every child at Bridge Communities is provided with a birthday bag."
"Thank you so much for your kindness and giving. The residents' eyes light up when they receive your birthday bags! They are always filled with thoughtful gifts and add so much to what we are able to provide. I love this Giving program. Thank you so much for your support."
We would like to thank Michaela from Short Hills, NJ for her generous donations to The Birthday Giving Program! Michaela held a donation drive for us and collected hats, sunglasses, notebooks, glow sticks, and so many wonderful gifts for our birthday bags! She also donated a $150 Amazon gift card to our organization. Thank you for your kind heart, Michaela!
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