Ever since doing an activity like this in March, I’ve been asked to do it again (I even put together a birthday box with my daughter as a way to give back during our joint birthdays in April). This time, our group of credit union people stepped it up and worked to provide joy, hope and celebration for two (!) children and their families on their birthdays!
Box of Balloons is a non-profit organization on a mission to make each birthday happy and every child celebrated. Every child deserves to feel special, be celebrated and have a memorable party. Unfortunately that is not possible or many families. 22% of children in America live below the poverty level, and although they support of basic survival needs being met first, they also believe that a birthday celebration can give economically challenged families the hope they may be missing. Their focus is to ensure each child feels special and celebrated on their birthday despite a family’s current situation, living conditions, or financial status.
For this activity, I reached out to Box of Balloons and we – exclusively – planned two birthday parties. One for a girl turning 6 who likes dancing and dolls and another for a boy turning 7 who really likes Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! It’s really easy and fun. They send you a list for each box/party of about 8 items (each ranged from $5-$10). It was a chance to make their day special, without him knowing. As far as most children know, volunteers (like us) had nothing to do with the Box of Balloon supplies and the party was from their parents.
As you can tell by the pictures, everyone helped put together an awesome and creative party for each child! From all the decorations to the party favors to the games to the gifts…even the boxes came out so special.
If you are interested in getting involved with Box of Balloons, here is more information.
Special thanks to all who participated and helped out in some way – Kris Ackley, John Cassidy, Eric Christiansen, Marnie Gerkhardt, Kristina Grebener, Brenda Halverson, Jessica Hrubes, Amy Nigrelli, Angela Prestil, Jessica Scheidler, Natalie Sherry, Sarah Stout, Brianne Williamson and Lacey Yasick.