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. Arrange to drop off your gifts to a Birthday Buddy Coordinator’s home in Kirkwood, Missouri on a Monday, Wednesday or Saturday.  Illinois donors can arrange to drop off their gifts in Bethalto, Illinois.

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. 

ALEX– 15 years old in June
Alex is very quiet and reserved young man. He can usually be found reading a book or playing on his tablet. He only entered foster care a few months ago. Alex’s number one gift request is for an iTunes gift card. He would also appreciate a pair of “good” headphones and the books “Mars One” by Jonathan Mayberry and “Man Made Boy” by Jon Skovron. To reach Alex in time for his birthday, gifts should be delivered by June 1.

KADIN -11 years old in June
Kadin is a playful kiddo who likes to be goofy, but also really needs routines to keep him grounded. He just entered foster care a few months ago and is just starting to make friends. For his birthday, Kadin would love Lego sets or anything Spiderman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, or Minecraft. To reach Kadin in time for his birthday, gifts should be delivered by June 1.

KEYARIA- 18 years old in June
Keyaria is a very talkative go-getter who loves to listen to music. She has been in foster care for 4 years.  Keyaria is a new mom – she is getting a gently-used digital camera so she can document her daughter’s milestones, but she would like a SD memory card for her birthday to use with the camera.  The board game Sequence, headbands, a gift card to a shoe store, or an iPod shuffle with an iTunes gift card are other gifts that Keyaria would love to receive.  To reach Keyaria in time for her birthday, gifts should be delivered by June 5.

NASHALA – 17 years old in June
Nashala is an outgoing teenage girl who is working hard to finish her school year. She’ll be attending summer school and she has also started working at a new job, she’s looking forward to being independent. In her free time, Nashala loves music and dancing. She’s been in foster care for 2 years. For her birthday this year, Nashala has requested car items (such as a roadside kits, décor, etc.), colorful headbands for teens, nail polish, and gift cards to fast food restaurants or Target/Walmart. Gifts should be donated by June 17.

KEYNO – 16 years old in June
Keyno is a fun, smart and caring young man. He loves listening to music as well as creating his own. Keyno is a great leader and will step up to defend others. He loves spending time with his older brother and talking about their music dreams. Keyno is quiet at times, but he has a bubble personality that is contagious. For his sweet sixteen, Keyno would love to receive an American Eagle gift card so he can pick out some clothes, Sony headphones, a Nike or Jordan baseball cap, white high top Air Force One Nike sneakers, or a Hollister gift card. To reach Keyno in time for his birthday, gifts should be donated by June 17.

ANESSA- 13 years old in July
Anessa is an outgoing and talkative young lady. Her case manger says she’s spunky! Her favorite color is purple. She has been in foster care for 3 years. For her birthday, Anessa would like a Kmart gift card, ear buds, and summer clothes (tops-girls 16, bottoms- girls 16).  Other good gift choices would be a Morph sand toy, Chew Stixx, and a fidget spinner to help her with sensory issues. To make sure Anessa gets her gifts in time for her birthday, they should be delivered by June 28th.

KOLBY- 14 years old in July
Kolby is shy when you first meet him but once he opens up he’ll talk a mile a minute. He loves electronics but not in the typical way you think a teen does. Kolby likes to take things apart and put them back together. He is amazing with his hands and loves learning how things work. He is always searching for a way to make them better! For his birthday, Kolby has requested a bike or skateboard (with a helmet), a watch, cologne gift set, video games, or an iTunes gift card. To see that Kolby receives his gifts in time for his birthday, they should be delivered by July 15.

KHALIA- 19 years old in July
Khalia is girly girl who loves to have her hair and nails done. She always likes to look her best. She likes to draw and occasionally journals. She has been in foster care for three years. For her birthday Khalia would like nail polish, grocery store gift cards, some pajama pants (size L), a small planner, and hair gel, oil, or lotion that is meant for African American hair. To make sure Khalia gets her gifts in time for her birthday, they should be delivered by July 8.

KATELYN- 13 years old in July
Katelyn is an outgoing young lady and loves to sing and play her guitar. She also like to play outside and hang out with her friends, as any teenager does. She has been in foster care for three and a half years. For her birthday, Katelyn would like anything relating to African-American hair, nail polish, clothes, and shoes. She wears an XS /S in juniors and a 7.5 in women’s shoes. To reach Katelyn in time for her birthday, gifts should be delivered by July 8.

BRENNA – 21 years old in July
Brenna is a smart and loving young lady who loves to shop and try cooking different types of food. Brenna will “age out” of foster care when she turns 21, and she’s getting excited about moving into an apartment and starting out on her own. To help her purchase items for her apartment, Brenna has requested gift cards to Walmart, Target, Kohls, and Sears. For fun, Brenna would love to receive gift cards to Subway, Taco Bell, PINK/Victoria’s Secret, and Hollister. To reach Brenna in time for her birthday, gifts should be delivered by July 8.

TYRA – 18 years old in July
Tyra has worked extremely hard in the last few months to improve herself. She hopes to go to cosmetology school after high school. For her 18th birthday, she is hoping to get room décor so she can personalize her bedroom. She wants to decorate her room in light pink, gold, and black and would love pillows, picture frames, storage containers, etc. She also would enjoy make-up (medium tones) and other girly things like nail polish, jewelry, and socks. In order to reach Tyra in time for his birthday, gifts should be delivered by July 8.

THOMAS – 17 years old in August
Thomas is one goofy guy! He is always smiling and giggling. He loves to tinker with electronics and listen to music. In the evenings, Thomas can be heard singing all of his favorite songs from his room. Thomas is a great student and says math is his favorite. He also loves to color and eat. Thomas has been in foster care for 4 years. For his birthday, Thomas would love a pair of Bluetooth headphones. An iTunes gift card would be a nice pairing with the headphones. He also likes all things Nike (size XL for pants, shorts, shirts and hoodies; and a size 10 shoes). Thomas also loves hot Cheetos and any variety of Skittles. He’d be thrilled to receive a Walmart gift card too. In order to reach Thomas in time for his birthday, gifts should be delivered by July 22.

TYIA- 14 years old in June – matched with a Buddy!
Tyia is a sociable girl and very easy going. She enjoys spending time with her friends and her twin sister. She loves to shop and her favorite color is blue. Like her twin, she loves hot fries, but no M&M’s for her. Reeses are her favorite. She has been in foster care for 3 years. For her birthday, Tyia would like to receive Nike or Adidas shoes (size 10), sandals, a PINK gift card or Visa gift card, summer dresses or shirts (size L), a hair curler, and makeup. To make sure Tyia get her gifts in time for her birthday, they should be delivered by June 5.

TRINITY- 14 years old in June – matched with a Buddy!
Trinity is such a girly girl. She loves shopping, putting on makeup, taking photos with her friends and twin sister, and talking on the phone. She loves pink lemonade, hot fries, and peanut butter M&M’s. She has been in foster care for 3 years. For her birthday ,Trinity would love to get a PINK by Victoria Secret zip up jacket or a PINK gift card or a Visa gift card. Summer dresses are also on her list (size L) or shirts (size M), as are a pair of Nike or Adidas shoes (Size 9). A backpack, a Dairy Queen gift card or makeup would make her happy too. To reach Trinity in time for her birthday, gifts should be delivered by June 5.

HANNAH- 16 years old in June – matched with a Buddy!
Hannah is a bright eyed young woman who loves to read, draw, and be outside. She enjoys helping out her siblings; she is the oldest of seven. She entered foster care in December. For her birthday, Hannah has requested clothes (rompers, shorts, and t-shirts) and a pair of white Converse shoes (size 7.5). Her favorite places to buy clothes and shoes from are Old Navy, American Eagle, and Shoe Carnival. She is quite a good thrift shopper as well at her local Goodwill. She wears anywhere between an XS-Med shirt, and shorts are 00, 0 or 1. To make sure Hannah receives her gifts in time for her birthday, they should be delivered by May 31.

JESSICA – 13 years old in June – matched with a Buddy!
Jessica is a smart and social girl with a very bubbly personality.  She likes using social media and trying to do acrobatics.  She has been in foster care for 2 years.  For her first birthday as a teenager, Jessica would love to receive sandals (size 6.5), lip gloss, eye liner, and fragrance mist from Bath and Body Works.  To reach Jessica in time for her birthday, gifts should be donated by May 27.

TIM- 19 years old in June – matched with a Buddy!
Tim is a great young man. He loves playing basketball, listening to music, and doing magic tricks. He is a growing teen and loves to eat. He has been in foster care for 10 years. For his birthday, Tim would like the board game Sequence, a basketball, basketball shorts (size L), gift cards to Macy’s or Kohl’s or a Visa gift card.  His dream is to own Beats over the ear headphones, but he knows these are expensive – he says another brand like Skullcandy would be great too.  To see that Tim gets his gifts in time for his birthday, they should be delivered by May 27.

TREVOR – 17 years old in June – matched with a Buddy!
Trevor’s case manager calls him an “amazing young man” who wants to be an electrical engineer one day. He has never had much, but never complains and always stays positive. He is responsible and kind to everyone. Trevor likes football and would love to go to a Cardinals game someday. Trevor has been in foster care since 2009. For his birthday, Trevor would love to receive cologne or body spray, a Lowes or Home Depot gift card, Nike t-shirts (size men’s large) or a Game Stop gift card. To reach Trevor in time for his birthday, gifts should be delivered by May 19.

TRUMEL – 9 years old in May – matched with a Buddy!
Trumel is an active little guy who loves sports. Basketball and football are two of his favorites. Trumel has been in foster care for about 2 years. Toys he can play with outside would be great gift ideas, such as nerf guns and water guns. Trumel would also be excited to get Legos and action figures for his birthday too. To reach Trumel in time for his birthday, gifts should be delivered by May 24.

DARRIELL- 1 year old in July – matched with a Buddy!
Darriell is a very happy little girl. She is taking her sweet time to reach some milestones. Her gross and fine motor skills are a bit behind her peers but she’s working on it! She has figured out that people will do a lot for her because she is so darn cute. This little cutie pie has been in foster care for 8 months. For her birthday any age appropriate toy or infant/toddler books would be great gifts. Toys that will help her with gross and fine motor skills would be most appreciated and helpful. To make sure Darriell receives her gifts in time for her birthday they should be delivered by June 23rd.

ALLURIANA- 10 years old in July – matched with a Buddy!
Alluriana is a wise soul. She enjoys anything educational. Her favorite pastime is reading. Her favorite books are series books and any age-appropriate mystery. She also likes to color and do puzzles. When she’s not buried in a book, Alluriana is your typical girly girl – she really enjoys painting her nails. For her birthday, Alluriana would love to get some more books! (Not Harry Potter please, she already has them.) Any age appropriate series, fact or fiction, or those books with tons of interesting facts would all be great choices she would love. She would also like some new nail polish, and gift cards to Build-a-Bear or City Museum. To reach Alluriana in time for her birthday, gifts should be delivered by July 5th.

 

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.