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.


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. 

ZAKIA- 11 years old in September
Zakia is a spunky young girl who loves to laugh and have fun. She is a straight A student, loves music, reading, and dancing. She has been in foster care for a year and a half. Zakia enjoys having her own room so she can personalize it and decorate it any way she wishes. She would love anything Hello Kitty for her bedroom. To make sure Zakia get her gifts in time for her birthday, they should be delivered by September 2nd.

HALEY- 16 years old in September
Haley is a great girl who has a bubbly personality. This super sweet girl enjoys arts, crafts, and cooking. She has been in foster care for 2 years now. For her birthday, Haley would love a little pampering in the form of products from Bath & Body Works. A gift set and/or a gift card would be great gifts for Haley. To make sure her gifts reach her in time for her birthday, they should be donated by September 5th.

TAMARION- 5 years old in October
Tamarion is a very talkative, likeable child who loves to be around other people. He likes to play with his brother and sister and has lots and lots of energy. He has been in foster care for 10 months. For his birthday Tamarion would like games, balls, and electronics. To reach Tamarion in time for his birthday, gifts should be delivered by September 27th.

ADRIANNA- 11 years old in October
Adrianna is a great girl. She has been in foster care for 2 years. She loves to wear make up, dress up, and loves fashion queen rings. She would also like a pair of jeans (raggedy with holes please, size 1). To reach Adrianna in time for her birthday, gifts should be delivered by October 7th.

CAMMEYA- 17 years old in November
Cammeya is a wonderful young woman. She enjoys reading, learning, and shipping (a fandom thing). She lives in a residential facility and has limited family connection. She has been in foster care for five years. She is excited to start community college. For her birthday, Cammeya would love gift cards to buy clothing. Macy’s and American Eagle would be good choices. She would also like a tablet as this would be helpful for classes. In order to reach Cammeya in time for her birthday, gifts should be delivered by October 28th.

NIYA- 12 years old in November
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.

EMMA – 15 years old in August – matched with a Buddy! 
Emma is a cheerleader who loves to have fun-she is a total social butterfly. Like a typical teen, Emma loves clothes. She loves PINK’s line of clothing and she enjoys sketching so art materials for sketching would also be a great gift idea as well. To reach Emma in time for her birthday, gifts should be delivered to the Coalition office in Brentwood by August 22.

DAIJHANEE – 17 years old in October – matched with a Buddy!
Daijhanee’s foster parent reports that she is “sweet as pie”.  She is a girly girl who loves to do nails and is really talented at fixing gorgeous hair styles. Daijhanee has been in foster care for more than 2 years. Her foster sister received a tablet as a Birthday Buddy gift, and Daijhanee has requested one for her birthday as well. Jewelry and nail polish would also be great birthday gift ideas for Daijhanee. To reach Daijhanee in time for her birthday, gifts should be delivered by September 26.

TRAYVON- 4 years old in September – matched with a Buddy! 
Trayvon is so adorable. He is very outgoing and his foster mom says he like to play “anything”. Games, toys, pretend, just anything. He’s on it! He has been in foster care for almost one year. For his birthday, he would like any electronics. He’s showing a real liking for them. Hot Wheels would be good too. To make sure Trayvon gets his gifts in time for his birthday, they should be delivered by September 16th.

JORDEN – 18 years old in October – matched with a Buddy! 
Jorden keeps busy with working at a fast food restaurant. In the fall, he will be going out for the school football team. He enjoys socializing with his friends and going out on dates. Jorden has been in foster care almost his entire life. For his birthday, Jorden would be excited to receive gift cards to Macy’s or Foot Locker for clothing/shoes. He LOVES shoes. He would also enjoy gift cards for movies/places to eat. Other gift ideas for Jorden are men’s cologne or a men’s deodorant kit (like Axe). To reach Jorden in time for his birthday, gifts should be delivered by September 15.

JULIONA – 20 years old in October – matched with a Buddy!
Juliona is a teenager who is becoming an adult in foster care. She is dedicated to creating a positive future for herself. Juliona is a college student who works full time at her outside job while still being committed to raising her one year old son at home. She is a bright young lady, a good student, and a great mom. When Juliona has a free moment she enjoys listening to music. She spends free time with her son pushing him in a stroller through the mall. Clothing gift cards or gift cards for Bath & Body Works would really make her day. Juliona owns her car. Gift cards for gas would go a long way in support of all the hard work she does for herself and her son. Visa gift cards would help this young lady with her bills, but gift cards for Papa Johns would give her a chance to enjoy her favorite pizza. Juliona would be very grateful for any birthday gifts. In order to reach Juliona in time for her birthday, gifts should be donated by September 26.

LaVEAH- 2 years old in October – matched with a Buddy! 
LaVeah is such a sweet little girl. She loves to hug her older brother and play with him and boss him around like any little sister should. She does everything she’s asked to do without fuss. She loves to laugh and sing nursery rhymes. She has been is foster care the majority of her life. For her birthday, LaVeah could use some new clothes. She wears a 2T and 3T in clothing, and a 6-6.5 in shoes. A winter coat would come in handy (size 3T). She could also use a toddler bookbag. To reach LaVeah in time for her birthday, gifts should be delivered by October 17th.

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.