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.
KIOSHA – 7 years old in October – matched with a Buddy!
Kiosha is a sweet child who has been in foster care for less than a year. Although they’re currently placed in separate foster homes, Kiosha has a very close bond to her little sister, she speaks to her daily and visits every week. Kiosha says that she wants to go out for dinner with her little sister for her birthday. Kiosha shared that her father took them out to Steak N Shake once, and it was so much fun to order your food and someone brought it right to their table, while they got to color with crayons. Kiosha stated that she would also like some bows to wear in her hair. To reach Kiosha in time for her birthday, gifts should be donated by October 15.
DEONTRE – 4 years old in October – matched with a Buddy!
Deontre is a bright eyed little guy who is always excited to learn new things at the special education preschool he attends. At his foster home, he loves to watch TV and sing along with his favorite shows. He is the little brother to 3 older sisters and he loves to play with them. For his birthday, Deontre would be happy to receive any age appropriate toys, especially cars and trucks. He loves bright colors and crayons, so art supplies would also make him excited. To reach Deontre in time for his birthday, gifts should be delivered by October 16.
DELILAH – 13 years old in November – matched with a Buddy!
Delilah is a talkative, active and girly child. She loves to paint her nails. She has been in foster care for over 3 years. Delilah has a birthday list full of girly girl gifts –a Barbie Dream House. Barbie or Bratz dolls and accessories, a Project MC2 notebook, a Bath and Body Works gift set, or a gift card to Claires. Clothes would also make a great gift (size girls 8/10 tops, or size 0 juniors pants long, and size 8 in women’s shoes). To reach Delilah in time for her birthday, gifts should be delivered by November 1.
SARA – 20 years old in November – matched with a Buddy!
Sara is a strong and independent young woman. She’s in college, working part-time, and raising her baby all on her own. She has been in foster care for 13 years. As Sara is getting ready to live on her own, she needs furnishings for her apartment. Birthday gift ideas are a vacuum cleaner, coffee maker, toaster, utensils, pots and pans, towel/washcloth set, a full size sheet set and full size blanket. In able to reach Sara in time for her birthday, gifts should be delivered on November 7.
AMIR – 4 years old in November – matched with a Buddy!
Amir is a laid back and quiet child who loves to play with his siblings but also can keep entertained for hours all by himself. Two of Amir’s favorite things to do are going outside to play and riding his bike. For his 4th birthday, Amir would love anything Paw Patrol or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. To reach Amir in time for his birthday, gifts should be delivered by November 6.
KABIRA – 12 years old in December – matched with a Buddy!
Kabira is energetic, friendly, talkative and personable. She proudly calls herself a “tomboy” and enjoys playing sports, riding her bike and staying active. Kabira has been in foster care for about a year and she started thinking about what she wants for her birthday early this year because she did not receive anything for her birthday last year. Kabira really wants to celebrate her birthday at Dave and Busters or Kokomo Joes, and so she wants gift cards that she can use at one of those locations. So that Kabira receives the gifts in time for her birthday, they should be donated by November 18.
OCTAVIA – 15 years old in October – matched with a Buddy!
Octavia was extremely excited to make her school’s volleyball JV team this year. She loves to hang out with her teammates – they often go out to eat after the games. Octavia thrives on attention. She has been in foster care for 2 years. For her 15th birthday, Octavia would love to receive a gift card to PINK, to All Volleyball, or to Dairy Queen, Panda Express or Chick-fil-A. To reach Octavia in time for her birthday, gifts must be delivered by October 2.
KENDRICK – 7 years old in October – matched with a Buddy!
Kendrick is an outgoing, energetic, and intelligent young boy. He loves being active and going to football practice. Kendrick is the only boy out of 5 siblings and is definitely all boy. His energy and curiosity goes well beyond the video games he likes to play at home and the game of football he loves to play outside of home. He would love some experiences for his birthday like going to Sky Zone or Pole Position, so gift cards that could be used at those locations would be a fantastic gift. Kendrick would also love to open any new games for his Xbox 360. He could also use some new shoes or clothes- he wears size 8 for shirts and pants, and he wears size 3 shoe. To reach Kendrick in time for his birthday, gifts should be delivered by September 26.
RYAN- 12 years old October – matched with a Buddy!
Ryan, Lynell’s twin brother, is an awesome young man. He loves playing sports. His favorite is baseball. When he is not outside playing one sport or another, he loves to sing and dance. He also really enjoys making people laugh. He has been in foster care for about one month, although this is his second time in care. For his birthday, as you might imagine, Ryan would like sports stuff. A baseball glove, bat, and baseball, Nike football gloves, a remote control helicopter, and Playstation 3 skateboard games are all on his wish list. To reach Ryan in time for his birthday, gifts should be delivered by September 26.
LYNELL- 12 years old in October – matched with a Buddy!
Lynell, Ryan’s twin brother, loves to play sports! Football is his favorite, with basketball taking a close second place. He is quite talented at dribbling the ball. He loves to be outdoors playing sports but when he can’t, he’s happy to play video games inside. He has been in foster care for about one month, although this is his second time in care. For his birthday, Lynell has requested Nike football gloves, a basketball, a baseball glove, walkie talkies, a remote control car, and Xbox 360 sports games. To reach Lynell in time for his birthday, gifts should be delivered by September 26.
MELISA – 18 years old in October – matched with a Buddy!
Melisa has grown up in foster care. She loves watching movies and television. She plays video games and absolutely loves listening to music. Melisa definitely enjoys digital and tech entertainment. Asking her for a birthday wish list affords her a chance to dream of things just for her. She would love an iPod Shuffle or a Fitbit for her birthday. Also on her wish list are Nike slides (size 10) and a name brand watch. The gift of watching a movie in a theatre would not be wasted on Melisa. An AMC movie gift card would be great fun for her to enjoy with friends. Of course kids in foster care wish for plenty of practical things too. Socks, a watch, and candy are on Melisa’s wish list as well. To reach Melisa in time for her birthday, gifts should be delivered by October 3.
ALEX – 18 years old in October – matched with a Buddy!
Alex is an artistic guy who likes to draw and play the guitar. He also enjoying working on motorcycles. Alex has been in foster care for 13 years. Great birthday gift ideas for Alex are art supplies, anything for his guitar, or gift cards to Amazon or Hot Topic. To reach Alex in time for his birthday, gifts should be donated by September 24.
NYLA – 18 years old in October – matched with a Buddy!
Most days you can find Nyla reading or engaging with social media. She enjoys movies and hanging out with her friends at the mall. She cares about staying fit, so Nyla would love to add a Nike hoodie (size medium), sweat pants (size medium), Nike socks, or a Fitbit to her workout gear. Perfume, make-up, and an AMC gift card round out Nyla’s birthday wish list shows that she is a well-rounded young lady who appreciates beauty, the arts, and culture while still being a kid at heart. She will be so excited to receive any of these gifts. To reach Nyla in time for her birthday, gifts should be delivered by September 28.
DARRELL – 18 years old in October – matched with a Buddy!
Darrell is a young lady who is excited about being a senior in high school this year. She is currently on the cheerleading team. She loves spending time with friends doing hair and make-up. Darrell likes to be a stylish senior so anything fashion related would make her birthday super special. A gift card for the PINK store would be a dream – she would love a PINK hoodie (size medium), tights, body spray, and lotion. Darrell would also like a new Dooney & Burke purse, lip gloss and make-up. To reach Darrell in time for her birthday, gifts should be delivered by October 14.
TARVIS – 17 years old in October – matched with a Buddy!
Tarvis is like so many other teenage boys – he enjoys sports, video games, listening to music and watching movies. He loves playing basketball and anything Nike. Tarvis can be quiet but he also enjoys socializing. He has been in foster care for about 3 years. For his birthday, Tarvis has asked for Nike clothing, specifically a Nike zip-up jacket and pants (size medium/large, all black or black and white); Nike boxers; or Nike basketball socks (size 9 shoe size). Other birthday gift ideas are True Religion clothing (size 32×34 jeans), a basketball, and DVDs of good scary or thriller movies. To reach Tarvis in time for his birthday, gifts should be delivered by September 23.
ROSE – 17 years old in November – matched with a Buddy!
Rose is bubbly young woman who likes to be the center of attention. She is creative and always open to trying new things. She has a beautiful singing voice. She’s been in foster care for less than a year. For her birthday, Rose would love to receive a gift card to a book store, the book “I Only Have Eyes For You” by Belle Andre, and a sketch book for drawing. For the gifts to reach Rose in time for her birthday, gifts should be donated by October 17.
ROMAN – 16 years old in October – matched with a Buddy!
Roman is friendly, smart, and a talented artist. He’s able to draw anything and everything surrounding him. Since he’s always creating art, a sketch pad, colored pencils, pastels, and/or paints would be a fantastic birthday gift for him. Roman would also love some headphones. He loves to play football, but he’d also like to play basketball. He would really enjoy an official size basketball or a Nerf over-the-door basketball and hoop. He would also love to receive a Nike, Under Armour, or Adidas hoodie (size medium). To reach Roman in time for his birthday, gifts should be donated by October 1.
NIYA- 12 years old in November – matched with a Buddy!
Niya is kind of quiet and shy but very much into teenager things. Friends, music, clothes, hair, nails, you know, teenager things! Her favorite colors are pink and purple. She likes to color and draw and loves Butterfingers! For her birthday, Niya would like teenager stuff. Lip gloss, nail polish, glue on nails, all kinds of jewelry (clear rhinestones are the best), jeans with cool designs on the back pockets (size 9/10Jr), Ugg style or Indian style boots (size 7.5 womens), shirts for winter (size 9/10 Jr), a fuzzy PJ set and some long fuzzy socks. To make this teens birthday special, please have gifts delivered by October 25th.
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.