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 below.
  3. Drop off your gifts to a Birthday Buddy Coordinator’s home in Kirkwood, MO, or Bethalto, IL.

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 below.
  3. Drop off your gifts to a Birthday Buddy Coordinator’s home in Kirkwood, MO, or Bethalto, IL.

Children Needing Buddies

JABARI- 9 years old in April 
Jabari is sweet but sometimes shy. He enjoys basketball, reading, drawing/coloring, and playing video games. He also loves Batman! Jabari’s favorite video game is Barbie Puppy rescue. He has been in foster care for 5 years. For his birthday, Jabari would like to receive board games, ‘basketball stuff’, or an iTunes gift card. He would be super excited to get a Kindle Fire with protective case. To make this a great birthday for Jabari, gifts should be donated by May 3.

MIKYEL- 13 years old in May
Mikyel is a very active kid who loves basketball. He cares about his appearance and wants to fit in, so he likes to wear logo headbands, logo t-shirts, and logo jerseys. Mikyel has been in foster care for 3 years. For his birthday, he would really like a bicycle or a gift card to Foot Locker to purchase clothing. The other boys in his foster home have bikes, he is the only one who doesn’t. Mikyel is 5’6’’ and over 200 pounds, so a 26” bike would probably be the right size. To reach Mikyel in time for his birthday, his gifts should be donated by May 7.

LECOY – 18 years old in May – matched with a Buddy!
Lecoy is a charming young man who has been in foster care for about 2.5 years. He likes playing sports and working at his job. For his birthday, Lecoy would love to receive a black Nike jacket (size medium) or Nike shorts (size medium) or a gift card to Foot Locker. To reach Lecoy in time for his birthday, gifts should be delivered by May 7.

DAVONTE- 10 years old in May
DaVonte’s foster mom says he is a “sweet lil’ guy”. He has such a big heart, loves to go to school and loves playing sports. In DaVonte’s free time, he enjoys Legos, doodling, and playing with animals. He has been in foster care for 6 months. For his birthday, DaVonte would like to get a baseball bat, a child’s baseball glove, & a skateboard (please include a helmet). To reach DaVonte in time for his birthday, gifts should be donated by May 2.

ALIJAH- 6 years old in May
Alijah has tons of energy! He loves playing in the park, drawing pictures, watching movies & coloring. He’s a helper, loves to help people do things. He has been in foster care for 3 years. For his birthday, Alijah has requested a remote control car, super action heroes, hand held video games, Hot Wheels, coloring books, and kids movies. To reach Alijah in time for his birthday, gifts should be donated by May 2.

MICHAEL- 13 years old in May
Michael is very outgoing. He’s very caring and always wanting to help out. He is good at math and art, and loves to be outdoors. Michael is playing baseball this year and loving every minute of it. He has been in foster care for 3 years. For his birthday, Michael would like items related to baseball. A pair of youth batting gloves (size large), some baseballs, a pair of HD vision sunglasses, & a Powercap hat with a light on top. To reach Michael in time for his birthday, gifts should be donated by May 3.

JAMORIA- 7 years old in May – matched with a Buddy!
Jamoria is very energetic and talkative. She likes watching cartoons and Disney movies. She also enjoys music, dancing & painting her fingernails. She has been in foster care for 4 months. For her birthday, Jamoria would like to get Barbie dolls, a Frozen overnight bag, books, VTech learning toys, cartoon movies or an African American Baby Alive doll. To help make this first birthday in foster care a special one, please see that gifts are donated by May 9.

MATTHEW- 8 years old in May
Matthew is a sweet personable young boy who loves to be outside. He is very active and loves to swim. He can’t wait for summer. He recently lost his 2 front teeth and loves to show everyone by grinning from ear to ear. He is very curious about how things operate and asks lots of ‘why’ & ‘how’ questions. He has been in foster care for about 3 years. For his birthday, Matthew has requested a pogo stick, Heelies (boys size 1), a remote control drone, or a Nintendo DS (pre-owned is OK). To reach Matthew in time for his birthday, gifts should be donated by May 14.

ALEXANDRIA- 5 years old in May – matched with a Buddy!
Alexandria is a bubbly little girl who loves to run and play. She does her best to keep up with her older brothers but they wear her out. She also can be dainty and loves the color pink. She has been in foster care for almost one year. For her birthday, Alexandria would like a baby doll and hair bows. She is looking forward to going to kindergarten, so educational books and toys would also be great gift choices for this little girl. To reach Alexandria in time for her birthday gifts, should be donated by May 14.

LAREESE- 20 years old in June – matched with a Buddy!
LaReese is shy when you first meet her but once she gets to know you, she’ll talk your ear off. She likes to do her hair & makeup, read urban novels, shop at the mall, and hang with her friends. She has been in foster care for 7 years. LaReese has tons of gift ideas. She would like summer clothes (size medium), sandals (size large), or an overnight bag from PINK by Victoria’s Secret. An AMC movie gift card, urban novels, bluetooth speakers, headphones, a Visa gift card and African American hair products would also be great birthday presents for LaReese. To reach LaReese in time for her birthday, gifts should be donated by June 7

EUGENE- 16 years old in May – matched with a Buddy!
Eugene is fun loving and outgoing. Once he gets to know someone, he’s a prankster – he loves to play jokes on you every now and again. Eugene was very excited to get his learner’s permit to start driving. He has been in foster care for 2 years. For his birthday, Eugene has asked for gift cards to Burlington Coat Factory and GameStop. To reach Eugene in time for his birthday, please make sure gifts are donated by April 25th.

FAITH- 14 years old in May – matched with a Buddy!
Faith likes to sing, listen to music, read, and go out to eat. She enjoys shopping at the mall, hanging out with her friends and playing video games. Her favorite show is Grey’s Anatomy. She has been in foster care for 3 years. For her birthday, Faith has requested an MP3 player and Bluetooth speaker, a gift card for AMC theatres, Nike flip flops (size 10), PINK body spray and lotion, or gift cards for restaurants. To reach Faith in time for her birthday, gifts should be delivered by May 5th.

CARLEI- 3 years old in June – matched with a Buddy!
Carlei is a smart, active little girl. She loves spending time with her family especially her 4 year old cousin. She really enjoys playing with her dolls. She has been in foster care for a little less than 1 year. For her birthday, Carlei would like to receive a small indoor trampoline, a Disney overnight bag, or a kids tablet with protective case. To make this first birthday in foster care a special one, please see that gifts are donated by June 10th.

Sign-Up to Become a Birthday Buddy

Questions?

Contact Shelley Thomas-Benke at 800.FOSTER.3 (314.367.8373) x2229. 

*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.