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.
ALAINA – 20 years old in January
Alaina is in college studying anthropology. She’s very intelligent and artsy. Alaina has been in foster care for 6 years. For her birthday, colorful décor for her apartment would be much appreciated. She would also love art supplies or a gift card to Target, North Face or Apple.
ALANNA – 20 years old in January
Alaina’s twin sister Alanna is also in college, she’s studying political science. She’s really into make-up, hair and clothes. For her birthday, décor for her apartment would make a great gift as well as a set of pots and pans and dishes. She loves bright colors like pink, teal and orange. She’d also be thrilled to receive a gift card to Target, H&M or Sephora.
ANIYA – 12 years old in February
Aniya is a good natured and friendly girl who has been in foster care for about a year. She loves to sing and write poems. Gift ideas for Aniya are an MP3 player (such as iPod Shuffle), arts and crafts sets and scrapbooking supplies. To reach Aniya in time for her birthday, gifts should be donated by February 7.
ROMEO – 12 years old in January – matched with a Buddy!
Romeo is the middle sibling and comes across as a shy youngster, but once he gets to know you, he shares everything about his day!! Romeo is interested in learning to play a musical instrument, he’s a hard worker at school, and a loving older brother to his youngest sibling. He’s been in foster care for over 3 years. For his birthday, Romeo would love to receive something for his Xbox 360 system: the WWE 2K16-wrestling game for XBox 360; the NHL15 game for XBox 360; or a wireless Xbox 360 controller. Gifts should be donated by January 20.
ANNA – 20 years old in January – matched with a Buddy!
Anna is an artistic young woman who is very sweet. She has no family in Missouri, she entered foster care when her adoptive mother passed away. Anna is very appreciative of anything that is given to her. For her birthday, Anna would be happy to receive casual sweatshirts and pants (size women’s large), jewelry, or anything creative (such as jewelry making materials). Gifts should be donated by January 25.
JAKE – 14 years old in February – matched with a Buddy!
Jake loves sports, especially the Seattle Seahawks. His brand new foster parents say that he is very polite and respectful but struggles with social anxiety. For his first birthday in foster care, Jake would be excited to receive Xbox 360 sports games, a hoodie (size men’s medium), anything Seattle Seahawks, handheld electronic games or techy gadgets, the Uno card game and a digital watch. To reach Jake in time for his birthday, gifts should be donated by January 19.
BRIANNA – 17 years old in January – matched with a Buddy!
Brianna is a hugger who is full of positive energy. She enjoys writing in her journal and listening to music. Her favorite musical artists are Beyonce, Rihanna, and Drake. Brianna has been in foster care for 2 years. For her birthday, Brianna would love to receive jewelry, a gift card to her favorite store – Five Below, and Nike flip flops. To reach Brianna in time for her birthday, gifts should be delivered by January 19.
RAVEN – 18 years old in February – matched with a Buddy!
Raven is a television addict, but she also enjoys kicking back to read a good book. She’s been in foster care for over 3 years. Birthday gift ideas for Raven are red Converse Chuck Taylor shoes (size 9), a gently used Coach handbag, candy or a gift card to a store where she can choose her own pair of Chuck Taylors. To reach Raven in time for her birthday, gifts should be donated by February 13.
DE’ZIRYA (“YA”) – 16 years old in March – matched with a Buddy!
Ya is an outgoing, friendly, and loyal young woman. She likes sports, particularly dancing, basketball, and track. Ya has been in foster care for 3 years. For birthday gift ideas, Ya has suggested liquid black eyeliner, dark red lipstick, jewelry of any kind, dance and contemporary Christian music, journals to write in, art supplies, pajama pants (size women’s medium), winter gloves or hat (in bright colors) or boot socks. To reach Ya in time for her birthday, gifts should be donated by February 15.
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.
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.
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.
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.