Get Your Family Involved With The Birthday Giving Project

I was fortunate enough to have Callie, a graduating high school senior, intern for me. I was able to teach her about marketing and publishing, and it also gave me the opportunity to get more items accomplished on my to-do list. One of these items was highlighting the Family-to-Family organization. Don’t miss Part 1 of Callie’s two-part series on this great organization, highlighting the One Book at a Time Project.

Another of the Kids Helping Kids projects on is The Birthday Giving Project. This project provides you with the opportunity to provide children with less to have the same birthday experiences every child deserves. So how does this project work? It starts with a box. From there, you decorate that box, then fill it with all the birthday essentials, including cake mix, decorations, and small gifts. Each box goes to a different child, so if you make many boxes, make each one for a different age.
The idea behind the project is to create empathy in children with “more” by helping children with less than themselves in a concrete way. It is a chance to give a child in need a “birthday party in a box,” so that they can have the same birthday experiences as children who are more privileged.

The details of The Birthday Giving Project are located on the Family-to-Family website here. There you can find a complete list of what to include in each box, as well as instructions on how to prepare the boxes for delivery. All it takes is an email to get involved in this great cause.

Family-to-Family also sponsors the Birthday Giving Party. In some families, a birthday becomes more about getting than about celebrating. So what if your next birthday was used to give instead of get…as in give to a child in need who would otherwise be unable to celebrate their birthday?

When you host your party, include on the invitations a list of what each of your friends should bring. These items will be included in a shoe box that will be donated to a child in need. At the party, everyone will prepare the boxes to be donated, which includes making a birthday card for the child who will receive the box, decorating the box itself, and wrapping the gifts to go inside. Hosting a birthday giving party is a great way to not only receive gifts on your birthday, but to give a few of your own to someone who would not receive anything else without you.

The details of The Birthday Giving Party are located on the Family-to-Family website here. There you can find a complete list of instructions on how to host a birthday giving party. All it takes is an email to get involved in this great cause.

So what is the great organization behind all these projects? Family-to-Family is a tax-exempt, nonprofit national hunger and poverty relief organization dedicated to connecting families that are well off with families who have significantly less. Members are able to give in many ways, doing everything from shopping to packing to sending the supplies and donations needed. The organization encourages those who donate to create a connection with those they are helping whenever it is possible by writing letters. Right now, Family-to-Family donates over 12,000 meals per month to 1,800 moms, dads, and children across the country.

Get connected with Family-to-Family on their website below, as well as their social media pages, also listed.


Callie O. recently completed an internship for Stacy in her senior year. This fall she will be going to college at Clark University, majoring in chemistry and taking part in the Pre-Medical program. In her spare time, Callie writes poems, short stories, and fiction and fantasy stories.

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