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.
To become a Birthday Buddy:
- Select a child from the list of foster children with upcoming birthdays (below).
- Fill out the form here.
- 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.
ANIYAH – 4 years old in November – matched with a Buddy!
Aniyah is a little girly-girl. She loves lots of attention, clothing and pretty things. Her favorite colors are pink and purple. She has been in foster care for 20 months, and for her birthday, she would love a doll house, anything Doc McStuffins, coloring books, and building blocks. She could use some new pajamas (size 3T or 4T). To reach Aniyah in time for her birthday, gifts should be donated by October 31.
CAYENNE – 5 years old in November
Cayenne is an energetic little girl who likes imaginary play. Cayenne acts older than she is, probably learned from her many siblings, both older and younger. Cayenne has been in foster care for only 4 months. For her birthday, she would love anything Doc McStuffins, a baby doll, coloring books, and age-appropriate pretend cooking dishes. To reach Cayenne in time for her birthday, gifts should be donated by November 4th.
ANGEL – 20 years old in November
Angel is a determined and motivated young woman. She has been in foster care for 5 years, and now has a new job. Angel loves clothes and her dog. For her birthday, she has asked for gift cards to Macy’s in order to purchase business-appropriate outfits for her new job. To reach Angel in time for her birthday, gifts should be donated by November 4th.
JUSTIN – 16 years old in November
Justin is an active and energetic teenage boy. He likes to play sports like basketball, baseball, and swimming, but also enjoys listening to music. Justin has been in foster care for 3 years. For his birthday, he would like clothing (pants and jackets – size XL or 14), shoes (size 11), playing cards, and a new backpack. To reach Justin in time for his birthday, gifts should be donated by November 8th.
JAMYITH – 4 years old in November
Jamyith is a typical 4 young boy, loves to color and watch cartoons. He has been in foster care 1 ½ years. For his birthday, he would enjoy LeapFrog toys, action figures, movies, coloring books and crayons. To reach Jamyith in time for his birthday, gifts should be donated by November 14th.
DARRYN – 1 year old in November
Darryn is an adorable baby boy. He has a healthy appetite and a beautiful smile. He struggled at birth, but is a very resilient and strong little man. He loves to be held and receive attention and affection from foster parents. Great birthday gifts for this little one would be a VTech Sit to Stand Ultimate Alphabet Train and other lights and sounds toys. He also needs sleepers and outfits (size 18 months).
CHRIS – 18 years old in December
Chris is a typical teenage young man. He likes to play video games, and watch television. Chris has been in foster care for 10 ½ years. For his birthday, he would like the video games Madden 17 for PlayStation 4, or NBA 2k17 for PlayStation 4. An iTunes gift card or PlayStation gift card would also make a great birthday present, as well as a Ralph Lauren hoodie (size XL) or sweatpants (size large). To reach Chris in time for his birthday, gifts should be donated by December 2nd.
CREE – 4 years old in December
Cree is an energetic little boy who loves to run, jump and be active. He has been in foster care for 4 months. For his birthday, he would like trucks, cars, coloring or activity books and any other age-appropriate toys. Cree also needs new pajamas (size 4T or 5T). To reach Cree in time for his birthday, gifts should be donated by December 7th.
JACOB- 15 years old in December
Jacob is a very polite young man. He loves to be outdoors and especially enjoys camping and fishing. He has been in foster care for 1.5 years. For his birthday, Jacob has requested a CD player/stereo and CD’s (nothing explicit please), clothing (size men’s medium for tops and large for pants) and shoes (size 9.5). In order to ensure Jacob receives his gifts in time for his birthday, they should be delivered by Dec 2nd.
AALIYAH – 7 years old in January
In foster care for 3 months, Aaliyah is beautiful and quiet little girl. She is shy at first, but will show her personality when she is comfortable with someone. She LOVES Hello Kitty, Shopkins, and dressing up like a princess. For her birthday, she is hoping for anything Hello Kitty or Shopkins, all types of clothing (size 8-10), and shoes (size 13). To reach Aaliyah in time for her birthday, gifts should be donated by December 19th.
BRIANNA – 9 years old in January
Brianna is a sweet girl with a funny and outgoing personality. She excels in school and has many friends. Brianna loves to read. She also loves snuggling with stuffed animals. Her birthday wishes are for an Emoji Bear (purple) stuffed animal, a hooded sweatshirt (size 8), a heart-shaped necklace, and a pink kinetic sand craft kit. To reach Brianna in time for her birthday, gifts should be donated by January 9th.
OLLISHA – 21 years old in November – matched with a Buddy!
Ollisha is a high spirited young adult with dreams of becoming a lawyer. She had been in foster care since 2004. She is currently in college and living in her own apartment. Ollisha enjoys going to the movies and out for dinner, especially with her boyfriend when he is home from college. To help with her expenses as she “ages out” of foster care on her 21st birthday, Ollisha would appreciate gift cards for grocery stores, Walmart, or restaurants. To reach Ollisha in time for her birthday, gifts should be donated by October 26.
STEPHANIE – 16 years old in November – matched with a Buddy!
Stephanie is a delightful young lady. She loves reading and playing volleyball. Stephanie has been in foster care for 4 years. Stephanie would love a pair of Nike pants (size ladies large) and Nike socks for her special 16th birthday. To reach Stephanie in time for her birthday, gifts should be donated by October 25.
AMIYA – 11 years old in November – matched with a Buddy!
Amiya is a gifted child. She is artistic, plays the recorder, and acts in school plays. She is on the Honor Roll and has all A’s in school. Amiya is very sweet and quiet. She has been in foster care for more than one year. For her birthday, Amiya would like clothing and art supplies for her birthday. She wears size 12 in girls clothes and size 5.5 in shoes. To reach Amiya in time for her birthday, gifts should be delivered by October 23.
TYRIUS – 19 years old in November – matched with a Buddy!
Tyrius is an outgoing teenager who likes to listen to rap music. He doesn’t get the chance very frequently, but he loves when he’s able to go out to eat and get a milkshake. Tyrius has been in foster care for almost 10 years. For his birthday, Tyrius would like some new clothes (he wears size 38×34 in pants, size XL in tops, and his shoe size is an 11). He also suggested a baseball cap, a watch, or a gift card to any restaurant. To reach Tyrius in time for his birthday, gifts should be delivered by October 23.
SIERRA – 16 years old in November – matched with a Buddy!
Sierra is a typical 16 year old who loves to dance and sing. Her favorite sport is soccer, and she loves anything associated with the game. This will be Sierra’s first birthday in foster care. To make her sweet 16 really special, this fun-loving young lady would be thrilled to receive a make-up kit, soccer ball, earrings, Drake CD, Adidas hoodie (XL), Nike shorts (L), or anything PINK from Victoria’s Secret. To reach Sierra in time for her birthday, gifts should be delivered by October 28.
EBONY – 17 years old in December – matched with a Buddy!
Ebony has gathered many interests over the past 8 years in foster care. Her current main interests are playing volleyball and, like all young women, getting her nails done. She also loves school and is looking forward to graduation. For Ebony’s birthday, she would love to receive a nail polish set and 2 CD’s – Evol (clean) by Future, and Views (clean) by Drake. To reach Ebony in time for her birthday, gifts should be donated by November 18.
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.