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. 

NYKERIAH – 13 years old in August
Nykeriah is a super spunky kid who loves dance and has a TON of personality. She enjoys learning new dances by watching videos and making changes. Nykeriah has only one request for her birthday – she dreams of getting a tablet so she can play games and have wireless Internet access. To reach Nykeriah in time for her birthday, gifts should be donated by August 14.

BEATRIZ – 19 years old in August
Beatriz is a young lady who loves the color pink. She has pink accents all over her room in her foster home. Beatriz loves girly stuff. She also loves music and hanging out with her friends. Beatriz loves to experiment with new hair styles. She also loves doing her own nails with pretty colors, especially pink.
For her birthday, Beatriz would love to receive cosmetics. Her skin tone is olive. Of course nail polish would make her day. A gift card from Sephora would allow her to choose her own colors and brands. Gift cards to McDonalds, Taco Bell, or Sonic would make hanging out with her friends enjoyable. Beatriz would also love to be able to listen to her favorite tunes on her own iTunes portable speaker. A Birthday Buddy would let Beatriz know that someone cared enough to think of her on her birthday. In order to reach Beatriz in time for her birthday, gifts should be donated by August 2.

CAMERON – 11 years old in August
Cameron is a very funny and likeable young man. He is an excellent skate boarder and likes to play basketball too. Cameron has an older and younger brother that he enjoys spending time with. Cameron is also involved in church and is excited to be going to his first camp with the church group this month. Cameron has been in foster care for about one year. Cameron is a Star Wars fanatic – he would LOVE anything Star Wars related for his birthday. On Cameron’s birthday list is Lego Star Wars kits, a Kylo Ren lightsaber, or a Star Wars voice changing mask. Cameron has very few toys- he really would be ecstatic to get any age-appropriate toys for his birthday. To reach Cameron in time for his birthday, gifts should be donated by August 9.

AMYA – 6 years old in August
Amya is a very outgoing little girl who has only been in foster care for a few months. She loves to sing and dance and she asks if she can color every single day. An art set and any age-appropriate arts and crafts sets would be the perfect birthday gift for Amya! She would also have a great time playing in dress-up clothes. Amya has a LeapFrog LeapPad2 Explorer, but no games to go with it, so games for that tablet would be another terrific gift idea. To reach Amya in time for her birthday, gifts should be delivered by August 10.

JAXON – 2 years old in July – matched with a Buddy!
Jaxon is an active little guy who is been in foster care for almost two years. He is receiving services to help him catch up with his fine/gross motor skills. Toys that would help him improve his motor skills would be a wonderful birthday gift. Board books and balls would also give Jaxon hours of enjoyment. To reach Jaxon in time for his birthday, gifts should be donated by July 13.

S’KYA – 11 years old in July – matched with a Buddy!
S’kya is a very talkative and outgoing young lady who likes to laugh and play. She enjoys singing, praise dance and playing with dolls. S’kya also likes to spend time with her siblings and attending church. She has been in foster care for 6 years. Gift ideas that S’kya would love for her birthday are arts and crafts sets, board games, nickel free earrings, nail art kits, fun colorful socks size 6-10, flavored lip balm and books appropriate for 11 year old girl. To reach S’kya in time for her birthday, gifts should be delivered by July 12.

PETER – 16 years old in July – matched with a Buddy!
Peter is a creative, artistic young man who loves to draw, play video games (especially Dragon Ball Z) and build with Legos. Peter entered foster care 2 months ago. For his birthday, Peter would appreciate journal albums for sketching and journaling as well as clothing (men’s size large in tops, 30 or 32 in pants, and XL in shorts). Gift cards to Old Navy, Hollister, Macy’s and Gap would also make a great gift so that Peter can pick out some clothing for himself. To reach Peter in time for his birthday, gifts should be delivered by July 14.

BRANDON – 13 years old in July – matched with a Buddy!
Brandon is a talkative and pleasant young man who is about to become a teenager. He enjoys reading the Bible in his spare time. This sweet, cooperative guy would have a great time with a new Lego set for his birthday. As a soon-to-be teenager, fitting in and looking good takes top priority and Brandon would also appreciate Nike tee shirts and hoodies (size boys 14/16) and Michael Jordan Nike socks. He would also really like to receive a kids version of the King James Bible. To reach Brandon in time for his birthday, gifts should be delivered by July 14.

SHIYANA – 10 years old in July – matched with a Buddy!
Shiyana is a very artistic young lady who enjoys making jewelry. She would like any Crayola arts and craft kit or any kit to make jewelry. To reach Shiyana in time for her birthday, gifts should be delivered by July 11.

ANTHONY – 16 years old in July – matched with a Buddy!
Anthony is an exceedingly bright young man who received straight A’s on his last report card. He is great kid and is becoming a leader among his peers.  Anthony brainstormed these ideas as gifts for his sweet sixteenth birthday – a basketball, Nike Air Force 1 shoes (size 10), Nike Elite crew socks, a Polo zipper hoodie (not a pullover – men’s size medium) or a Visa gift card. To reach Anthony in time for his birthday, gifts should be delivered by July 12.

BRIANA – 12 years old in August – matched with a Buddy!
Briana is a very artistic young lady who enjoys making jewelry. She enjoys anything bedazzled and beaded so craft kits or any kit to make jewelry would be great. To reach Briana in time for her birthday, gifts should be delivered by July 28.

HUNTER– 14 years old in August – matched with a Buddy!
Hunter is an active young man. He really likes Nerf, Legos, and anything Minecraft. To reach Hunter in time for his birthday, gifts should be delivered by August 8.

DEVONTAE – 14 years old in August – matched with a Buddy!
Devontae is a talented teenager who enjoys singing and listening to music. He has been in foster care for over 3 years. For his birthday, Devontae would be so happy to receive gift cards to buy clothes or shoes at the mall. He likes to hang out with his friends as much as he can. Gift cards for Chipotle, Subway, or Wehrenberg theaters would fit in with his love of socializing with his friends. Devontae will wrap up his summer with his birthday occurring just before school begins again. He would appreciate anything that solidifies his summer memories so he can get back to the hard work of studying and getting good grades. Anything mall, movie or music related would make his birthday special. In order to reach Devontae in time for his birthday, gifts should be donated by August 5.

DANAKAH – 16 years old in August – matched with a Buddy!
Danakah is a young lady who considers herself a sports enthusiast and writer. She especially likes basketball. She enjoys spending time with her sisters in the safe environment provided by the mall. Gift cards would make an ideal birthday gift for this young lady coming of age in the city. Gift cards from Forever 21, Bath & Body Works, Sephora, and Barnes & Noble would fit with Danakah’s love of doing her own nails, writing in journals, and just feeling good about herself. Danakah likes to listen to the latest hits. This aspiring young writer also likes to write her own songs whenever inspiration occurs. A birthday buddy gift would show support of her talents and dreams and make Danakah very happy for her sweet sixteen birthday. In order to reach Danakah in time for her birthday, gifts should be donated by July 20.

DAMON – 10 years old in August – matched with a Buddy!  
Damon loves to watch the news and be busy. He is always really happy and loves to do anything fun! For his birthday his dream is a Nintendo 2DS handheld bundle with 2 bonus games from Walmart. Other great gift ideas for Damon are a tablet and a 20 inch bike with training wheels. To reach Damon in time for his birthday, gifts should be donated by August 9.

SAMUEL – 20 years old in August – matched with a Buddy!
Sam is a sweet young man who has overcome so much in the 4 years he’s been in foster care. He is polite and cares deeply about his family. Currently, Sam is working hard at his job with hopes to eventually pursue carpentry as a profession. For his birthday, Samuel would be grateful to receive clothes to relax and lounge around in after work. His clothing size is XL. Sam would also appreciate any form of male hygiene products like body spray, cologne and Axe deodorant. In addition to comfortable shirts and pants for his downtime, any restaurant gift cards would be great as well. In order to make Samuel’s day as special as possible, gifts should be donated by August 8.

LAVON – 8 years old in September – matched with a Buddy!
Lavon is a very outgoing and well-spoken little boy. His excellent study habits place him at the top of his class in school. Lavon really enjoys playing outside. Some of his favorite activities are swimming, skating, and sports. Lavon has his inside activities as well – he loves to play video games and watch his favorite TV shows. Lavon also loves eating at buffet restaurants, and recently revealed he’s never been to two popular St. Louis venues for kids – Chuck E. Cheese or Incredible Pizza Company. A gift card to one of these locations would make Lavon’s birthday super special! In order to reach Lavon by his birthday, gifts should be donated by August 29.

JULIONA – 20 years old in October – matched with a Buddy!
Juliona is a teenager who is becoming an adult in foster care. She is dedicated to creating a positive future for herself. Juliona is a college student who works full time at her outside job while still being committed to raising her one year old son at home. She is a bright young lady, a good student, and a great mom. When Juliona has a free moment she enjoys listening to music. She spends free time with her son pushing him in a stroller through the mall. Clothing gift cards or gift cards for Bath & Body Works would really make her day. Juliona owns her car. Gift cards for gas would go a long way in support of all the hard work she does for herself and her son. Visa gift cards would help this young lady with her bills, but gift cards for Papa Johns would give her a chance to enjoy her favorite pizza. Juliona would be very grateful for any birthday gifts. In order to reach Juliona in time for her birthday, gifts should be donated by September 26.

DARRYAN – 18 years old in September – matched with a Buddy!
Darryan has been in foster care since the age of 1. This young man is busy working most days and really enjoys spending his free time away from work with his friends. He also loves listening to music. Darryan works hard in the food service industry, so he really appreciates looking nice outside of work, which can get quite messy. Gift cards for men’s clothing or shoes will help Darryan build a wardrobe. Along with nice clothes and shoes, Darryan would also appreciate men’s grooming products like cologne, body spray, or shaving products. A gift card to St. Louis Cinemas or gift cards for restaurants would make his social life a continuous reminder that someone remembered his birthday. Of course a Visa gift card to help pay his cell phone bill would go a long way to help him save more of his hard earned paycheck. In order to reach Darryan in time for his birthday, gifts should be donated by August 27, 2016.