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. 

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.

OCTAVIA- 19 years on in July
Octavia is very social and enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She likes to look her best, so she takes care of her appearance and dresses very nicely. Octavia has been in foster care for 15 years. For Octavia’s birthday, bath and body products from Victoria’s Secret, gift cards to Sephora, Forever 21, Rainbow, Charlotte Russe or St. Louis Cinemas, and a nail kit or nail polish set would be fantastic gift ideas. To reach Octavia in time for her birthday, gifts should be delivered by July 12.

CARTER- 1 year old in July
Carter is a very energetic little thing who just loves to explore his surroundings. He enjoys toys with lights on them, things he can push around, and playing with other kids. He has been in foster care for less then one year. For his birthday, any age-appropriate toys would be great, especially toys with lights and toys he can push around. To reach Cater in time for his birthday, gifts should be delivered by July 15.

KESHONDRIYA- 17 years old in July
KeShondriya is becoming a lovely young woman. She enjoys helping out her younger siblings and likes to spend her free time playing board games and reading. KeShondriya has been in foster care for 2 years. KeShondriya’s birthday gift ideas are stuffed animals and a gift card to Old Navy. To reach KeShondriya in time for her birthday, gifts should be delivered by July 15.

JOURNEE- 6 years old in July – matched with a Buddy!
Journee is cute as a button and has an infectious smile. She is very active and loves to learn new things. She always has a bow in her hair. She has been in foster care for 1 year. For her birthday, Journee would love anything Frozen, Doc McStuffins, or Trolls. To see that Journee’s gifts reach her in time for her birthday, they should be delivered by July 15.

DANAKAH- 17 years old in August
Danakah is a social and outgoing young woman. Like many teenagers, she loves to  listen to music and hang out at the mall with her friends.  Danakah has been in foster care for 7 years.  She would be thrilled to get birthday presents such as bath & body items, jewelry, and gift cards to Nike, Forever 21, fast food restaurants, or St. Louis Cinemas.  To reach Danakah in time for her birthday, gifts should be delivered by July 19.

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.

SHAMON- 13 years old in August
Shamon is a vibrant young man who loves to cook, draw, and play with his friends. He has a pretty good imagination and is always willing to look outside the box in order to achieve his goals. He has been in foster care for 4 years. For his birthday, Shamon would like a drawing kit, a Razor Ripstik, and Nike elite basketball socks. In order for Shamon to receive his gifts in time for his birthday, they should be delivered by August 2nd.

DEVONTAE- 15 years old in August
Devontae is very artistic. He enjoys music, singing, and dancing. He also enjoys spending time with his friends and loves looking good – he is very into his appearance and clothes. Devontae has been in foster care for 4 years. He would love to buy more clothes, so gift cards to TJ Maxx or Marshalls, H&M, or Hollister would make a great birthday gift. He also would enjoy a gift card to his favorite restaurant- IHOP, or a gift card to St. Louis Cinemas so he could go to the movies with his friends. In order to reach Devontae in time for his birthday, gifts should be delivered by August 12.

DAIJA- 21 years old in August
Daija enjoys spending time with her friends, going to the movies and out to eat. She enjoys listening to music and keeps busy with her full time job. With this birthday she ages out of foster care after 15 years in it. For her birthday, Daija would like to receive bath & body items, jewelry, gift cards to TJ Maxx/Marshalls or Victoria’s Secret and St. Louis Cinemas.  To make sure that Daija gets her gifts in time for her birthday, they should be delivered by August 12.

DARRYAN-19 years old in September – matched with a Buddy!
Darryan really loves his job, but he is even more excited to start college in the fall. He likes to hang out with his friends and listen to music. Darryan has been in foster care for 15 years. For his birthday, Darryan has asked for men’s toiletries, such as Axe body sprays or gift cards to American Eagle, Macy’s or St. Louis Cinemas. To see that Darryan gets his gifts in time for his birthday, they should be delivered by August 26th.

DAWOND- 12 years old in September – matched with a Buddy!
Dawond is a quiet, smart, happy young man who is well mannered. Last year was his first season playing football on an organized team and since then he has taken every opportunity to get better. He loves it!  Dawond has been in foster care for 4 years. For his birthday, Dawond would like to get an official size football, Nike socks (he wears a size 7 in shoes), an Odell Beckham poster or shirt (size youth large), head and arm bands in orange or blue, or football gloves (size small).   In order for Dawond to receive his gifts in time for his birthday, they should be delivered by September 6.

ROLLAND- 18 years old in September
Rolland is a hard working young man who is always busy – he always has to be doing something. He loves to help out with yard work and repairs around the house. But his passion is basketball. He’s a huge fan of the Cleveland Cavaliers and the North Carolina Tar Heels. He loves watching basketball games and playing basketball himself.  Rolland has been in foster care for 2 years.  He has asked for 2 things for his birthday – a ‘create your own jersey’ from the NBA store (a navy blue Clevleand Cavaliers jersey with the number 23 and the name Rolland on the back); and basketball shoes (size 11). To reach Rolland in time for his birthday, gifts should be delivered by September 6.

DEMETRIYA – 16 years old in July – matched with a Buddy!
Demetriya is your stereotypical teenage girl – she’s opinionated, and loves clothes and girly things. She’s been in foster care for 2 years. For her sweet sixteen birthday, Demetriya would like to go shopping and pick out some outfits – gift cards to Old Navy, Macy’s, or Foot Locker would be perfect. She’d also enjoy lip gloss and trinkets with girly/teen slogans or sayings. To reach Demetriya in time for her birthday, gifts should be delivered by July 5.

KOLBY- 14 years old in July – matched with a Buddy!
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.

SKYLAR- 7 years old in August – matched with a Buddy!
Skylar is a smart, sweet, well-mannered and well-spoken little girl. She enjoys singing, dancing and watching her favorite cartoon-SpongeBob SquarePants. She has been in foster care for 3 years. For her birthday, Skylar would like all things Hello Kitty.   A Hello Kitty kitchen set, vending machine, dollhouse with friends, cash register, Nurse Hello Kitty, just anything Hello Kitty.  There is also a SpongeBob SquarePants set she’s been eyeing too- the Krusty Krab Set. She would also love a fidget spinner (Hello Kitty or anything girly). To reach Skylar in time for her birthday, gifts should be delivered by August 16.

DAVIS- 14 years old in July – matched with a Buddy!
Davis is a quiet, introverted young man and enjoys spending his time playing video games, surfing the internet, and watching movies. He has been in foster care for and and a half years. For his birthday, he has requested a Jordan backpack, Jordan socks, a bank that counts change, headphones, and candy. To see that Davis gets his gifts in time for his birthday, they should be delivered by June 26.

JAMES- 11 years old in July – matched with a Buddy!
James is very smart and generally a pretty reserved kid, although he does love to share all the random facts floating around in his head.  He has moved home frequently and because of this has a hard time making friends and trusting others. He enjoys playing soccer and absolutely loves Minecraft. For his birthday, James would like a soccer ball, anything Minecraft, size 4 tennis shoes and soccer cleats, science kits, and size 10/11 straight leg jeans. To make sure James gets his gifts in time for his birthday, they should be delivered by June 26.

KATELYN- 13 years old in July – matched with a Buddy!
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.

ANTHONY- 17 years old in July – matched with a Buddy!
Anthony is a great young man. He is independent and outspoken. Some of his favorite things to do are playing basketball, video games and watching TV. He has been in foster care for 6 years. For his birthday, Anthony would like a basketball, a pair of headphones, a NIKE gift card, or Visa gift cards. To make sure Anthony gets his gifts in time for his birthday, they should be delivered by July 8.

TYRA – 18 years old in July – matched with a Buddy!
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.

ANESSA- 13 years old in July  – matched with a Buddy!
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.

MATTHEW – 2 years old in August – matched with a Buddy!
Matthew is an energetic little guy who loves watching hockey and everything SpongeBob Squarepants. He has been in foster care for his entire life. For his birthday, Matthew would have be thrilled to get something age-appropriate that he can ride (like a ride-on toy), soft balls, Hot Wheels or other toy cars, and pool toys. He would also be thrilled to have a SpongeBob bedding set (twin size bed). To reach Matthew in time for his birthday, gifts should be donated by July 22.

ANGELA – 5 years old in July – matched with a Buddy!
Angela is an affectionate and loving little girl. She dotes on her brother and does everything she can to try to take care of him. She has been in foster care for around 2 years. Angela would love to get her own bicycle with training wheels for her birthday. A wagon for 2 would also be great fun, and she’d be happy to get anything “Trolls”. To reach Angela in time for her birthday, gifts should be donated by 6/28.

TRAVION – 13 years old in August – matched with a Buddy!
Travion is a creative boy who always wants to help others. He will tell you what’s on his mind and he also likes to spend quiet time reading. He’s been in foster care for about a year. Travion would love a Kindle Fire or other tablet for his birthday with a protective case. He also likes Adidas clothing and would be happy to receive Adidas tops, shorts, pants or socks (all size men’s small). To reach Travion in time for his birthday, gifts must be delivered by August 9.

KHALIA- 19 years old in July – matched with a Buddy!
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.

DAMION – 14 years old in July – matched with a Buddy!
Damion is an active guy who enjoys interacting with others and talking about sports. In fact, he has a never ending love of basketball. In order to stay busy this summer, he is on two teams. He has been in foster care for 4 years. For his birthday, Damion would absolutely love to get a few pair of Nike elite socks or Nike basketball socks to wear on game days,  His favorite colors are red & blue, he wears a 9.5 or large. To make sure Damion get his gifts in time for his birthday, they should be delivered by July 15.

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.