Birthday Buddies

Make a foster child’s birthday wishes come true by becoming a Birthday Buddy! As a Birthday Buddy, you donate presents to a foster child who has been identified as likely to receive very few or no gifts for his/her birthday. Sometimes children ask that their party guests bring a present for a foster child in lieu of a birthday gift for him/her. Other donors simply enjoy being a Birthday Buddy to brighten a foster child’s birthday.

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To become a Birthday Buddy:

  1. Select a child from the list of foster children with upcoming birthdays (below).
  2. Fill out the form here.
  3. Drop off your gifts to a Birthday Buddy Coordinator’s home in Kirkwood, MO, or Bethalto, IL.

If you prefer, you may download and print the Birthday Buddy Donor Application and fax to 314.241.0715 or mail to the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition, 1750 S. Brentwood Blvd., Ste. 210, St. Louis, MO 63144. Questions? Contact Shelley Thomas-Benke at 800.FOSTER.3 (314.367.8373) x2229. 

CHANTE – 13 years old in May
Chante is a creative and artistic young woman who has been in foster care for 10 years. She recently took part in a photography class and is interested in continuing with the skills she learned. So at the top of Chante’s birthday list is a digital camera. To reduce the stress in her life, she’d also enjoy a diary/journal and coloring books for adults with a set of colored pencils. To reach Chante in time for her birthday, gifts should be donated by May 9.

NIA – 16 years old on March 7 – matched with a Buddy!
Nia is a very respectful young woman with good manners. She does well in school and LOVES to read. Nia would like to have a special birthday celebration for her sweet 16th birthday. She’s asked for an Imo’s gift card and a grocery store gift card so she can celebrate with her favorite pizza and ice cream. She would also appreciate a gift card to Barnes & Noble. To reach Nia in time for her birthday, gifts should be dontated by February 28.

ARIEONNA – 18 years in March – matched with a Buddy!
Arieonna likes to spend time with her friends and journal about her life. She’s been in foster care for 3 years. Arieonna would most enjoy receiving gift cards for her birthday – to fast food restaurants, Bath and Body Works, Forever 21, or other clothing stores. To reach Arieonna in time for her birthday, gifts should be donated by February 26.

MARISSA – 16 years old in March – matched with a Buddy!
Marissa is a very outgoing teenager who loves spending time with her siblings (she is teaching them yoga!) She’s been in foster care for 4 years. Marissa plays the bassoon in her school’s orchestra and is quite talented – she was selected to attend a special orchestra camp this summer. Marissa aspires to become a doctor someday. For her sweet 16 birthday, Marissa really wants a Fujifilm INSTAX Mini 8 Instant Camera so she can decorate her room with photos. Another idea is a gift card to Sephora, which would allow her to pick out some special make-up for herself. To reach Marissa in time for her birthday, gifts should be donated by February 28.

EUGENE – 15 years old in May – matched with a Buddy!
Eugene is an intelligent and creative young man who is really sweet with kids and animals. This will be his first birthday in foster care. Eugene likes to draw, listen to gospel music, and play basketball. For his birthday, Eugene would be thrilled to receive a tablet like a Kindle Fire (with a protective case), age-appropriate Xbox 360 games, a football, Axe men’s toiletries, and gift cards for clothing (he is a size men’s large in tops and 34 in pants). To reach Eugene in time for his birthday, gifts should be donated by April 23.

JOSH – 7 years old in May – matched with a Buddy!
Josh loves to play outside and is especially fond of soccer. Playing with cars, racing video games, coloring, and making thing are also activities that Josh enjoys. He is fascinated with the sky (sunrise, sunset, moon, stars). Josh has been in foster care for 3 years. For his 7th birthday, great gift ideas are Hot Wheel cars, Paw Patrol toys, books for children ages 5-7, Blaze toys or games, wood-working kits for kids or clothing (boy’s size 6/7). To reach Josh in time for his birthday, gifts should be donated by May 4.

GAVYN- 15 years old in March – matched with a Buddy!
Gavyn is a very kind young man who enjoys helping others when he can. He is very social and makes new friends easily. He enjoys video games, watching WWE, and fixing up cars. He has been in foster care for just over one year. For his birthday, Gavyn would like some long sleeved t-shirts (men’s large), a new pair of tennis shoes, preferably ones that light up (men’s 10.5), and a watch. To reach Gavyn in time for his birthday, gifts should be delivered by March 6.

LAWRENCE – 16 years old in March – matched with a Buddy!
Lawrence is really athletic – he is all about sports. His favorites are football and basketball. Lawrence has been in foster care for about 6 years. For his sweet 16 birthday, he’d like to get some new athletic wear – like Adidas, Nike, Jordan and Under Armour clothing (size men’s large in tops, size men’s medium in pants, size 11.5 in shoes). To reach Lawrence in time for his birthday, gifts should be donated by March 15.

ANTHONY – 1 year old in February – matched with a Buddy!
Anthony is a very active little guy. He just learned to crawl and he’s exploring everywhere. He’s very alert and curious about the world around him. For his birthday, he could use clothing in size 6-9 months. He would also have tons of fun with a baby walker and other age appropriate toys. To reach Anthony in time for his birthday, gifts should be donated by February 22.

IRMA – 7 years old in March – matched with a Buddy!
Irma is a talkative young lady, who loves to help and thrives on praise. She is a true diva and the benevolent ruler of her siblings. She is a terrific sister. Irma has been in foster care for about 2.5 years. For her birthday, Irma would be thrilled to receive anything Shopkins, Barbie, or My Little Pony. A Lego Friends set, dresses (girl’s size 7/8) and “girly” shoes (girl’s size 10) are also great gift ideas for this soon-to-be 7 year old. To reach Irma in time for her birthday, gifts should be delivered by February 25.

MARLEE ROSE – 3 years old in March – matched with a Buddy!

Marlee Rose is a sweet little girl who loves playing tea party.  Marlee Rose has been in foster care for 3 years.  Marlee Rose is always a mother hen, and she loves to “mother”, help cook and clean.  She also loves to read and pretend play.    For her birthday, Marlee Rose would love play food and dishes, a play shopping cart, play dress-up clothes, age-appropriate books, and a Belle doll from Beauty and the Beast.  To reach Marlee Rose in time for her birthday, gifts should be delivered by February 28.

We try to ensure that as many foster children as possible receive gifts on their birthday. On rare occasion, we may pull some of the gifts from an extremely generous donation to share with another foster child who has not been matched with a Birthday Buddy.