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. 

DEMITRI- 19 years old in April – matched with a Buddy!
Demitri is a smart and kind teenage boy who  loves building anything. He often builds things from stuff lying around the house. He recently made a rope to lift things from paper clips and carabiners. He also likes animals and playing video games.  Demitri has been in foster care for 7 years. For his birthday, guess what he would like? Building materials! Building materials such as Lego building sets, Lego Tape (to make anything a Lego surface), motorized erector sets or any small building material that is appropriate would keep Dimitri happy for hours upon hours. To make this a great birthday for Dimitri, gifts should be delivered by April 10th.

DANTE- 5 years old in May – matched with a Buddy!
Dante is a most helpful child who is very friendly and smart for his age. He loves to show just how helpful he can be. He throws on his Superman cape, to let you know that he’s going to be a Super Helper, and if you need anything, he’s there! Dante obviously loves super heroes. He has been in foster care for just 4 months. When asked what he wants for his birthday, Dante said “toys”.  Any age appropriate toy would make Dante smile from ear to ear. Super heroes would be a great gift idea. To make this first birthday in foster care a special one, gifts should be delivered by May 5th.

CALVIN-14 years old in June – matched with a Buddy!
Calvin is a great teenager. Like most teenage boys, he enjoys playing sports – basketball is his favorite. He also enjoys making music and, of course, surfing the net. For his birthday, Calvin has requested gift cards, Nike shorts and shirts (size S), Nike socks, Nike slides (size 8 men’s), Ralph Lauren Polo tall socks, a used Xbox 360, or an iPod Shuffle. In order to reach Calvin in time for his birthday, gifts should be delivered by May 23rd.

KEONNA- 12 years old in March – matched with a Buddy!
Keonna is a fashionista and has an eye for style! One day she wants to be a model. She enjoys getting her nails done at the spa. She loves singing and dancing, and going to church. Her favorite pastime is playing games on her phone but she has to use her own allowance and chore money to do so. For her birthday Keonna would like a bath & body gift set and some perfume. A gift card to get her nails done would send her over the moon! Just be sure it’s to a salon in the 63136 zip code please. Jewelry would be a great gift, no makeup please. She could also use a digital watch or headphones. To reach Keonna in time for her birthday, gifts should be delivered by March 24.

LUCY- 16 years old in April – matched with a Buddy!  
Lucy is very artistic. She loves to do her makeup & the makeup of others. She has a true knack for special effects makeup. Her interests are quite varied. She loves to play guitar, ride her skateboard, work on cars & anything to do with aliens. Lucy would like to be an auto mechanic when she completes high school. She has been in foster care for 4 years. For her birthday Lucy has requested items to help her better her craft of special effects makeup. Special effects makeup from Johnnie Brocks (think liquid makeup, thick & thin fake blood, scar wax, SPX sculpting tools) would make her especially happy. Gift cards to Johnnie Brocks, Sally Beauty Supply, teenhearts.com, Spencer’s or Wish.com would be great choices too. Anything alien would put a smile on her face too. To reach Lucy in time for her birthday gifts should be delivered by April 3rd.

SERENITY – 14 years old in March – matched with a Buddy!
Serenity is a very intelligent and outgoing young woman who likes to sing, watch television and hang out with her friends. She has been in foster care for 11 years. Serenity’s birthday dream list includes Nike Slides (shoe size 9/10), black Chuck Taylor shoes (size 8), skinny jeans (juniors size 7), tops (size medium), lip gloss, body spray and lotion, and candy. To reach Serenity in time for her birthday, gifts should be donated by March 15.

KAILEE- 3 years old in April – matched with a Buddy!
Kailee is a lovable little girl. She loves to run, play, and explore everything outside. She likes to play in her kitchen and, of course, loves her baby dolls. She enjoys being creative with Play-Doh and loves to color. She has been in foster care for almost one year. For her birthday Kailee would enjoy receiving a baby doll and some gear to go with that baby doll. Bubbles, Play-Doh and any toy for outside would also be great gifts. Summer outfits in a size 3T-4T would help her to look adorable all summer long. To reach Kailee in time for her birthday gifts should be delivered by March 24th.

ARIEL- 10 years old in April – matched with a Buddy!  
Ariel is a sweet young lady who has a ‘very girly’ sense of fashion & style. She eats, breathes & sleeps gymnastics & cheering. She received gymnastics classes as her holiday Little Wish and she is loving it! She has been in foster care for one year. For her birthday Ariel has just one wish. A new gymnastics leotard (size 8/10). Her favorite color is aqua/teal. Of course there are plenty of other great gift choices given her girly nature. Hair accessories for her long dark brown hair, headphones for her tablet, scrapbooking supplies, and anything American Girl. To make sure Ariel receives her gifts in time for her birthday they should be delivered by April 10th.

AYDEN & EVAN- 2 years old in April – matched with a Buddy!
Ayden & Evan are handsome little toddlers. They love to run all over the place & are talking up a storm! They love to color, having books read to them & enjoy showing affection to their foster parents. They are always smiling and are happiest when playing outside. They have been in foster care since birth. For their birthday, they would love to get a mini basketball hoop & basketball, age appropriate baseball bats & baseballs, & baseball hats to round out the look. Some sidewalk chalk & sunglasses would be great gifts as well as bean bag chairs. Some clothing would help out foster mom (size 3T & 4T, size 6 Pampers). To make sure Ayden & Evan get their gifts in time for their birthday gifts should be delivered by April 7th.

QUINTON- 14 years old in May – matched with a Buddy!
Quinton is quite smart but a bit shy. He loves soccer and hopes to make the team. He feels with all the practice he has been putting in, he has a good shot. He has been in foster care for 4 years. For his birthday, Quinton would like a gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods so he can get himself some soccer shoes and shin guards. He would also like to receive some thick green soccer socks (size M) and a soccer blanket for those cold days on the field. In order to make Quinton’s soccer themed birthday one to remember, gifts should be delivered by May 1st.

MCKYENZIE- 4 years old in May – matched with a Buddy!
McKyenzie is a sweet little thing. She loves to color, blow bubbles, play with her dolls and work puzzles. Her favorite new thing is Play-Doh and her favorite color is purple. She has recently started to ride her bike and enjoys it very much. She likes to help out with things, especially helping her foster mom clean. She has been in foster care for 2.5 years. For her birthday, McKyenzie would love to get some baby dolls that can talk, clothing for pretend play, any electronic game that has you push buttons, and a pair of light up tennis shoes or sandals (size 10). Some new dresses would help her keep cool all summer long (size 5T). To reach McKyenzie in time for her birthday, gifts should be delivered by April 25th.

SALENA- 10 years old in June – matched with a Buddy!
Salena is an affectionate child with an infectious smile that lights up a room. She appears shy but is actually quick to make new friends. She loves outdoor activities such as skating or anything that involves a ball. She likes jewelry & loves to take photos. With her birthday near the beginning of summer break a great gift would be a swim bag with all the goodies (swim suit size XL or 14, goggles, flip flops size 7, a towel). She could use some balls for her love of any outdoor sport and she would get a kick out of a jewelry maker. In order to reach Selena in time for her birthday gifts should be delivered by May 25th.

KATHLEEN- 12 years old in March – matched with a Buddy!

Kathleen is a loving young lady who particularly loves babies. She is a great student although a bit emotionally delayed. She likes Monster High dolls, stuffed animals in general, and she loves to go to McDonald’s. She has been in foster care for two and a half years. For her birthday, Kathleen would like a clock radio for her room and clothes. She loves dresses and wears a size 10. Her shoe size is 3 ½. In order to reach Kathleen in time for her birthday gifts should be delivered by March 3.

KERIE- 18 years old in March – matched with a Buddy!
Kerie is a very friendly young man who loves meeting and talking to people. He is quick to offer help to anyone. He has been in foster care for 10 years. For his birthday, Kerie has requested practical items that can easily be used at the residential facility where he lives. Gift cards for clothing would be a great choice, as would toiletries such as Axe products. To make sure Kerie gets his gifts in time for his birthday they should be delivered by March 10.

CHANTE – 13 years old in May – matched with a Buddy!
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.