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.
  4.  We ask donors to donate between $50-$100 worth of birthday gifts to their Birthday Buddy.

Children Needing Buddies

NOAH – 7 years old in February – matched with a Buddy!
Noah is a bubbly and intelligent boy who has only been in foster care for a couple of months. He is extremely appreciative of anything people give him. For his birthday, Noah would Transformers, Minecraft or racing video games for a Playstation 3. He’d also be happy to receive Transformers, especially Bumblebee, Minecraft Lego sets, and Minecraft action figures. To reach Noah in time for his birthday, gifts should be donated by February 12.

MARISSA – 18 years old in March – matched with a Buddy!
Marissa is a bright young woman who is motivated to have a successful future despite the barriers. She loves helping people. Marissa has been in foster care for 5 years. For her birthday, Marissa would love a Bluetooth JBL speaker, a make-up mirror that lights up, earrings (big studs or hoops), or clothes (size M/L in tops and M or 12 in jeans/pants). She’d also love a gift card to Target or to her favorite restaurant – Mullligan’s Grill. To reach Marissa in time for her birthday, gifts should be donated no later than February 17.

LAWRENCE – 18 years old in March – matched with a Buddy!
Lawrence is a sports minded teenage boy who loves anything related to football and being active. He’s been in foster care for more than 7 years. For his birthday, Lawrence would be thrilled to receive a Nike hoodie (size large in black, grey, navy, or red-size large), Nike sweatpants (size large), and tickets to a Cardinals baseball game. To reach Lawrence in time for his birthday, gifts should be donated no later than February 17.

Sign-Up to Become a Birthday Buddy


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.