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.

Children Needing Buddies

BRIANT – 15 years old in September
Briant is a basketball-loving kiddo who just entered foster care. He’s been pretty quiet, so his case manager is still trying to get to know him. For his birthday, Briant said he’s really like a better pair of athletic shoes.  A gift card to Foot Locker or Amazon would allow to choose the perfect pair for himself.  To reach Briant in time for his birthday, gifts should be delivered by September 13.

DAVID- 18 years old in September
David has autism and is mostly non-verbal, although he is learning to speak. He likes to keep to himself, play with his toys, and listen to music. Following a pretty rigid routine keeps him in a good space, as is common for some children with autism. He has been in foster care for 3 years. David doesn’t need to be able to speak to make his love of Spiderman known to all. He has a few large action figures to which he holds on tightly. For his birthday, David would love to have more Spiderman stuff. Top on his list would be Spiderman cartoons on DVD, but anything Spiderman would send him over the moon. He would also benefit from sensory toys. To make sure David receives his gifts in time for his birthday they should be delivered by September 13.

TOMARIAN- 10 years old in October
Tomarian is a happy-go-lucky kind of kid. He is active and talkative. He likes to play video games and hang out with his friends. He has been in foster care for less than 1 year. Tomarian is very into Jordan and for his birthday he would like a Jordan hat with a metal Jordan sign (size 4/7), Jordan socks, and any Jordan clothing (shirt L youth or 16-18, pants 16 husky or 14-16). He would also like to get a gold chain with a money ($) sign and a gold ring for youth. To reach Tomarian in time for his birthday, gifts should be delivered by September 25.

KAMORI- 10 years old in October
Kamori is a great kid who has tons of energy. He likes to go swimming, roller skating and to the arcade. Some of his favorite things right now are Spiderman and fidget spinners. He also enjoys playing basketball and football.  Kamori has been in foster care for one year. When asked what he wanted for his birthday, he suggested a Nerf gun and a gift card to Toys R Us.  Other good gift choices for Kamori would be a Nerf football or a real football, so he can throw it around with his brother and friends. In order to make sure Kamori gets his gifts in time for his birthday, they should be delivered by October 2.

TRAYVION- 9 years old in November
Trayvion entered foster care earlier this year after his mother passed away. As you can imagine, he keeps to himself quite a bit. He enjoys playing video games and watching movies. For his birthday Trayvion would enjoy receiving a DVD of Sing and Moana. He would also like NBA 2k for Xbox One, a Subway gift card, an mp3 player and headphones. To make this first birthday in foster care a special one for Trayvion gifts should be delivered by November 1.

JAMARION – 13 years old in August – matched with a Buddy!
Jamarion is a bright young man who enjoys drawing, playing board games, and has a great interest in music – he loves to sing and is interested in the guitar. He just entered foster care. For his birthday, Jamarion would love to receive age-appropriate Xbox 360 games and a Bop It. He really wants to go to a water park for his birthday. A Visa gift card that would pay for the water park admission for him and his sibling would help make his birthday really special. To reach Jamarion in time for his birthday, gifts should be donated by August 16.

DIAMON- 14 years old in August – matched with a Buddy!
Diamon is a wonderful young lady who loves to write, gets good grades, and wants to be a photographer one day. She loves to sing and dance, do her nails and hair, be a little goofy, cook, and work with other kids. She has been in foster care for 5 years. For her birthday Diamon would like a cross body purse, a Subway gift card, earphones, lip gloss, earrings, items from Bath & Body Works, a water bottle from Victoria Secret PINK line as well as a jacket from the PINK line . To reach Diamon in time for her birthday, gifts should be delivered by August 12th.

NYKERIAH – 14 years old in August – matched with a Buddy!
Nykeriah is a bright and awesome young lady! She lights up a room when she is in it and can really be a lot of fun to spend time with. Nykeriah has been in foster care for 5 years. For her birthday this year, she is hoping for a portable DVD player and an Amazon, Walmart or Target gift card so her case manager can choose some age-appropriate movies for her. Other things that she loves are nail polish, fuzzy slippers, and blankets. To reach Nykeriah in time for her birthday, gifts should be delivered by August 19.

MATEO- 10 years old in September – matched with a Buddy!
Mateo is a sweet boy with a great sense of humor. He enjoys making others laugh and keeping busy. He loves super heroes like Superman and Batman. He is also really into Legos right now. Mateo loves spending time outside & is really enjoying practicing soccer. He has been in foster care for 5 years. For his birthday, Mateo has requested Legos (Star Wars Legos would be his first choice but others are good too), Pokemon cards, a soccer ball, shin guards, a soccer net or any type of outdoor games. To see that Mateo gets his gifts in time for his birthday, they should be delivered by August 26th.

ALAN- 19 years old in October – matched with a Buddy!
Alan is very outgoing. He has lots of charm and loves interacting with others. He likes to sing, play the piano, hang out with his friends and play video games. Alan has been in foster care for 12 years. For his birthday, he would like to receive a Polo hoodie and joggers (size L), gift cards to fast food restaurants, and NBA 2K18 for Xbox One. To reach Alan in time for his birthday, gifts should be delivered by September 27.

JAA KENA- 18 years old in November – matched with a Buddy!
Jaa Kena likes to draw, sing, do make-up, and go to the mall with her friends. Like most teens, she also loves using social media and watching music videos. Jaa Kena has been in foster care for 2 years. For her birthday, Jaa Kena has asked for a Victoria’s Secret PINK outfit (size M), PINK slides (size 10), an art book, perfume. a purse, a watch, and a Sephora gift card. To reach Jaa Kena in time for her birthday gifts should be delivered by October 21st.

TYRIUS- 20 years old in November – matched with a Buddy!
Tyrius is a well-rounded young man. He likes watching movies, playing video games, and hanging with his friends. He likes to play the drums and sing in his church choir. He also enjoys going out on nature walks and reading books on sports stars. For his birthday, Tyrius would love to receive books on Stephen Curry, the Playstation 4 video game – NBA 2K18, Polo cologne, a Jordan hoodie (size XL), and Jordan socks. He would also really love to just get a VISA gift card so he could pick out for himself what he would like the most. To see that Tyrius gets his gifts in time for his birthday, they should be donated by October 23.

CHRISTOPHER- 19 years old in December – matched with a Buddy!
Christopher has been in foster care since he was 6 years old. He’s a shy young man who enjoys hanging out with the other kids in his house and playing video games. He also likes watching TV and wrestling. For his birthday, he would be really excited to get a Golden State Warriors hoodie. He has also requested some Nike socks, posters of Kevin Durant & Stephen Curry, a wallet and gift cards for fast food restaurants. To reach Christopher in time for his birthday, gifts should be donated by December 2.

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.