In a society where extravagant, over the top birthday parties seem to be the norm, it is understandable to see how an upcoming birthday can result in feelings of disappointment and stress for families facing financial difficulties and other hardships. The project aims to alleviate this stress and bring the joy back to birthdays for children in need.
It’s hard for many of us – adults or children – to imagine celebrating a child’s birthday without a party or presents. But for many of the families we serve, finding the extra money to afford a child’s birthday celebration is a struggle at best, and frequently impossible.
Our Birthday Giving Project is designed to help these families by providing a small “party in a box” for a child in need… and at the same time gives children with “more” the opportunity to learn empathy in a concrete way by helping another child.
The idea is to decorate and fill shoe boxes with everything needed for a small birthday party. (Or, pretty, decorated shopping bags can be used instead.) Each bag goes to a different child. You or your child can make one birthday bag for one child, or a class, scout group, church or youth group can put together multiple bags for a group of children. If you are making a lot of bags, please make them for different ages.
How to Make a Birthday Bag
Pick an age (or ages), and choose either boy(s) or girl(s).
For example, you might choose a 9-year-old girl, or a 4-year-old boy.
Find a large party bag in your house, and buy the things needed for a party. Include:
a box of cake mix
a can of frosting
birthday candles (no matches please!)
a wall decoration (like streamers, or a happy birthday banner)
a children’s book for the aged child you are making the box for
another ($10-$15) gift for that child.
a birthday gift
If your child is making the box, he or she can raise the money to buy the birthday items at a bake sale, or yard sale, or by doing extra chores around the house.
Wrap the book and the gift in birthday paper.
You can also make a birthday card to put inside the box. Then tie the bag closed with ribbon, and label it with the age and “boy” or “girl”. (For example, you might write “6-7 year old boy” or “10-11 year old girl”.)
We deliver these bags to local agencies and schools. Including :
North Side Elementary
Mountain View Elementary
Boys and Girls Club JC
Liberty Bell Middle School
Hope Center in Unicoi
Oasis of Kingsport