A Birthday Gift for a Homeless Child

Bear’s Birthday

Join Bear as he celebrates his birthday in this latest addition to the bestselling Bear series. Help Bear count backwards from 10 to 0 and find out who is making his balloons disappear.
Ages 2 to 6 years
Written By: Stella Blackstone
Illustrated By: Debbie Harter

In the month of July for every Bear’s Birthday book sold, Barefoot Books will donate a book to:
Birthday Wishes Bringing Birthday Parties to Homeless Children  

The Birthday Wishes Mission

“Our mission is simple: To bring birthday parties to homeless children. Birthday Wishes recognizes the importance of a birthday in a child’s life and believes that the gift of a birthday celebration provides normalcy, joy and hope in these children’s otherwise unsettled lives. 

Our grassroots philosophy fosters the spirit of volunteerism and community service in the adults, children and families who donate their time and resources to our mission.” 


History

“Birthday Wishes was founded in November 2002 by Lisa Vasiloff, Karen Yahara, and Carol Zwanger – three friends and colleagues who wanted to help homeless children build self-esteem. Having volunteered in several homeless shelters, it occurred to the trio – as they attended one of their own children’s birthday parties – that at the shelters, children’s birthdays often came and went uncelebrated. Their subsequent research indicated that no organizations existed exclusively to provide birthday parties to children living in homeless shelters. After speaking with local shelters and state advocacy groups, they found that most homeless shelters do not have the personnel or resources necessary to hold birthday parties for the children who stay there. Furthermore, the parent (usually a mom) is often unable, both economically and emotionally, to organize a party for her child. Some parents, embarrassed that they don’t have money for cakes and presents, don’t even tell their children that they have a birthday. For homeless children, birthday parties are a luxury that neither the parent nor the shelter can afford.

Yet a birthday is an important event in the life of a child, and Birthday Wishes was founded on the belief that every child, regardless of their living situation, should have their birthday recognized and celebrated. Birthday Wishes has found that something as simple and ‘normal’ as a birthday party has the power to make these children feel both special, and, perhaps more important, like a “regular kid”. 

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Don’t forget to visit Birthday Wishes to see how you can help bring a birthday party to a homeless child in your community! Thank you!

Lisa Ladrido (87 Posts)

Lisa is an R.N. Mom Blogger and the author of Mom Blogger Buzz. She writes about Social Media, Personal Development, Blogging Tips, Travel, Family, Health and Wellness. She and her husband live in the Seattle area. They have 5 sons, 4 grandchildren and 7 furry four legged children!


14 comments for “A Birthday Gift for a Homeless Child

  1. Avalon Cat Cartoons
    July 6, 2011 at 10:46 PM

    Stopping by to say 'Meow' ;-) Have a lucky day!
    ~Avalon

  2. Spanish Pinay
    July 6, 2011 at 11:23 PM

    What a beautiful mission. I wish them more power and I do hope that they continue to help many homeless children.

    Spanish Pinay

  3. Christine
    July 7, 2011 at 6:40 AM

    I'm so glad that there is a program out there like this. I'm going to check it out. Thank you!

    I'm visiting from Voiceboks and am your newest follower here. I'd love it if you'd follow me too at Why We Love Green at htt://whywelovegreen.blogspot.com

  4. Small Kucing
    July 7, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    This is real nice.

    Btw, do you mind to spare a signature for a pencil? A friend told me about this project. The organiser is going to donate a pencil to the poor children for each signature collected. Here is the information on that

    http://smallkucing.blogspot.com/2011/07/signature-for-pencil.html

    Thanks

    kathy
    http://www.smallkucing.com

  5. Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt
    July 7, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    Giving gift has always been a trouble for me and I often get confused for that. But now your idea has given me strength.

  6. Mandi
    July 8, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    What a great program, great philosophy! All children deserve to feel special and celebrated on a day that is their very own. <3

    Visiting from vB!
    Smile and Mama With Me

  7. Kristina
    July 9, 2011 at 7:23 AM

    What a lovely idea! We love the Bear books:)
    Thanks for sharing,
    Kristina

    (www.icing-and-crumbs.blogspot.com)

  8. Rachel Joy
    July 9, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    What an awesome project. Anything that helps these children realize that they are not forgotten is great!

  9. Spilled Milkshake
    July 10, 2011 at 9:20 PM

    Awesome project! I really admire you for this :)

    Christina

    Visit me at Spilled Milkshake

    Visiting from voiceBoks!

    ♥ xoxo

  10. Erin
    July 10, 2011 at 11:52 PM

    Amaaaazing idea! What a great project. Thanks for sharing with us!
    Dropping by from voiceBoks!
    ~Erin
    http://www.mynuggetsoftruth.blogspot.com

  11. reanaclaire
    July 11, 2011 at 7:27 AM

    hello, coming by via Voiceboks! Nice blog you have here and a good project too! I am going to visit the birthday wishes blog now!

    http://www.reanaclaire.com

  12. Jackie
    July 12, 2011 at 7:13 AM

    I really love this idea! And found you on VB. Great blog. Following and definitely want to know more about Birthday Wishes.

    http://sahmcity.net

  13. Jackie
    July 12, 2011 at 7:14 AM

    Love this idea and definitely want to know more about Birthday Wishes. New follower from VB :)

    Jackie

  14. Nishana
    July 14, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    Thank You for following my blog. Returning the follow..:)

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