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.
DESARE- 9 years old in December – matched with a Buddy!
Desare loves to laugh and has a playful nature about her. She is very outgoing. She is a tomboy by nature but a girly girl at heart. She loves to play basketball but likes her nails done. She wears jogging suits but has to have coordinating earrings. She has been in foster care for 9 years. For her birthday, Desare would like something she’s never had before. She would like to go on a shopping spree. Every preteen girl loves to shop. Gift cards to Macys, Old Navy, or Maurices would really make her day! If you’d like to gift something other than gift cards, she wears a size 20 in junior bottoms, an XL in junior tops, and an XXL in joggers and hoodies. Jewelry and nail polish would be great gifts too. In order to reach Desare in time for her birthday gifts should be delivered by December 19th.
DORRIS – 18 years old in January – matched with a Buddy!
Dorris is very fun-loving and dedicated to her loved ones. She enjoys making people laugh with her entertaining stories and can often be found dancing and singing. Dorris isn’t afraid to share how she is feeling, and she is always willing to learn new ways of doing things. Dorris enjoys dressing up, listening to music, eating and shopping. She’s been in foster care for over 3 years. Dorris gave us lots of great gift ideas, including fun jewelry – earrings and rings; make-up – especially lipstick (nude/earthtone colors); head phones/ear buds; Bath & Body Works body wash and lotions; cute medium size cross body purse (brown, tan or black) ;a Nike hoodie or quarter zip p (men’s size small or women’s size medium); and snacks – chips, cereal, chocolate, or cookies. To reach Dorris in time for her birthday, gifts should be donated by December 20.
D’ANDRE- 17 years old in December – matched with a Buddy!
D’Andre is a quiet young man who is very respectful. He is very talented in technical operations. He has been in foster care for ten years. He has a slight obsession with Adidas. For his birthday, D’Andre has requested an Adidas track suit (size men’s small), an Adidas hoodie sweatshirt (size men’s medium), Adidas socks, and Adidas Ultimate tees (size men’s medium). To reach D’Andre in time for his birthday, gilts should be delivered by December 16th.
KEJUAN- 15 years old in December – matched with a Buddy!
Kejuan is so charismatic! He is kind to everyone he meets and absolutely loves sports. He has been in foster care since he was six years old. For his birthday Kejuan has requested clothing. He’d like a new winter coat (size medium), new shoes (size 12.5), pants (30/32), and shirts (size medium). Gift cards for clothing stores would be great too. To reach Kejuan in time for his birthday, gifts should be delivered by December 15th.
JESSIE – 20 years old in December – matched with a Buddy!
Jessie is a new mother of a 7 month old daughter. She attends college part time and also is working. Jessie has a vehicle, which she has paid in full. She loves watching movies, parenting and spending time with close friends. She has a therapeutic dog, Bo, who she adores. Jessie has been in foster care for the past 8 years. Jessie gave id two practical birthday gift ideas: a queen comforter set and picture frames to decorate her somewhat-bare apartment. In order to reach Jessie in time for her birthday, gifts should be delivered by December 20.
JARVIS – 16 years old in January – matched with a Buddy!
Jarvis is a very hard working young man with a silly sense of humor. He also likes playing football and basketball. Jarvis has been in foster care for 15 years. Jarvis loves to read, so he would enjoy age-appropriate books for his birthday. He would also like a men’s grooming kit and gift cards for clothing, the movies, or any restaurants. To reach Jarvis in time for his birthday, gifts should be delivered by January 1.
JESTINA – 17 years old in December – matched with a Buddy!
Jestina is a very bright young lady who loves all things drawing, crocheting and anything artsy. And also likes makeup. enjoys spending time with her family. Jestina has been in foster care for 18 months. For her birthday, Jestina would appreciate a make-up set, bath and body set, art supplies, or a gift card to TJ Maxx/Marshalls or Forever 21 so she can get some new clothing. To reach Jestina in time for her birthday, gifts should be delivered by November 29.
KEAIRRA – 17 years old in January – matched with a Buddy!
Keairra is a very personable young lady who enjoys keeping in touch with her friends and spending time with her family. Keairra has been in foster care for 1 year. Keairra also enjoys listening to music and takes pride in presenting herself well. For her birthday, Keairra would appreciate gift cards for clothing, nail polish, and bath and body products. To reach Keairra in time for her birthday, gifts should be delivered by December 23rd.
SHIAUNA- 16 years old in January – matched with a Buddy!
ShiAuna is your typical teenage girl. She loves doing her hair, dancing, music and clothing. She has been in foster care for 3 years. For her birthday, she would love to go to SkyZone. She would also like earbuds for her phone. Post Apocalyptic books (think Hunger Games, Maze Runner type books) would be a good choice for her too. In clothing, she wears size women’s small in tops, and women’s size small (3/4) in pants. In order to make sure the gifts reach ShiAuna in time for her birthday, they should be delivered by Dec 21.
DWAYNE – 10 years old in December – matched with a Buddy!
DeWayne is all boy! DeWayne likes to play outside with friends. He enjoys going to school to socialize. He likes to listen to music and dance. DeWayne has been in foster care for almost 2 years. What he’d really love for his birthday this year is superheroes decorations for his bedroom, along with superhero pajamas (boys size 16). To reach DeWayne in time for his birthday, gifts should be delivered by November 29.
SHAMONUIA- 18 years old in January – matched with a Buddy!
Shamonuia is a great young woman. She makes a friend wherever she goes with her gorgeous smile. She is quite boisterous and outspoken. She enjoys a mani or pedi when she can and loves smelling good. She is currently working towards earning her HiSet and is looking forward to having her baby. She has been in foster care for 3 years. For her birthday, she would like ear buds for her phone, an alarm clock to help her get up for classes, and some nice winter gloves because she loves being outside. She would also enjoy some new clothes. She wears a size women’s XL in tops and a size women’s large in maternity pants. To reach Shamonuia in time for her birthday, gifts should be delivered by Dec 19.
KHALIA – 5 years old in January – matched with a Buddy!
Khalia is a very sweet little girl. She’s always smiling and helpful little girl who loves to play outside and ride her bike. Khalia loves to play pretend princess and dance around the house. She just entered foster care. For her 5th birthday this year, Khalia would love Sofia the First toys, Disney Princess DVD’s, and clothes (girls size 6 for clothes, size 11 in shoes). To reach Khalia in time for her birthday, gifts should be delivered by December 27.
MALIJAH- 15 years old in December – matched with a Buddy!
Malijah is a very creative young woman. She loves drawing, singing, and writing poetry. She has been in foster care for a year and a half. For her birthday she has requested adults coloring books and a big box of colored pencils. To reach Malijah in time for her birthday, gifts should be delivered by December 5th.
MICHAEL – 13 years old in December – matched with a Buddy!
Michael is a video game enthusiast. He marvels at the quality of design and graphics of the games he plays. He is especially obsessed with Pokemon. Micheal is an energetic and talkative young man who also likes to sing, dance, swim and play karate. Of course a video game would be great for his birthday surprise – video games he particularly wants are the Dark Warriors PS3 game, Naruto Revolution PS3 game, Pokemon Hunter 3DS game or Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 PS3 game. Game Stop is his favorite place to go to and learn about new releases and try out new games, so a Game Stop gift card would make a great gift for him too. A Birthday Buddy would remind Michael that he is special and that someone remembered his special day even during the busy holiday season. In order to reach Michael in time for his birthday, gifts should be donated by November 27.
DEMENUIS- 7 years old in December – matched with a Buddy!
Demenuis is incredible. His case manager says “he’s an old man in young boy’s body.” He loves to talk and sing and anything wrestling. He enjoys learning his times tables at school. He recently joined the Boy Scouts. He has been in foster care for 3 years. For his birthday, he would really love to have a remote control plane. He’d settle for a remote control car, but he’d really like the plane. He would like to learn cursive but his school doesn’t teach it. A book to learn cursive would be a great gift. He also like comic books and wrestling books. If you want to get him some clothing, he wears a size boys small in tops and a size boys 8-9 pants. To make sure Demenuis gets his gifts in time for his birthday, they should be delivered by Dec 12.
KAMYA – 12 years old in December – matched with a Buddy!
Kamya is a shy, friendly pre-teen girl. She is almost inseparable from her twin sister and loves to sew, crochet, and draw. She is on the school dance team and is very proud that the team won 2nd at their last competition. She’s been in foster care for about 1 year. For her birthday, Kamya would love some new clothes, as well as art or sewing supplies. For tops, she wears a size small (juniors), for pants, she wears a size 2/3 (juniors) and she wears a size 9 shoe. To reach Kamya in time for her birthday, gifts should be donated by December 8.
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.