Birthday Buddies

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re looking for Birthday Buddy donors to make a $75 donation for children 12 years and under, and a $100 donation for children 13 years and older.

The Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition will purchase birthday gifts online and have them shipped directly to the children.

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 their birthday*. Sometimes children ask that their party guests bring a present for a foster child in lieu of a birthday gift for them. Other donors simply enjoy being a Birthday Buddy to brighten a foster child’s birthday.

Children Needing Buddies

MADISON- 17 years old in February
Madison is an outgoing and bubbly 17 year old.  She enjoys being outside, but really loves to do arts and crafts – especially drawing and painting. Another activity she enjoys is the treat of getting her nails done!  Madison has been in foster care for two years.  For her birthday, she would be thrilled with supplies for painting and drawing along with a gift card to buy extra craft items.

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, we’re looking for a Birthday Buddy donor to make a $100 donation for Madison’s birthday gift.  The Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition will purchase the gifts online and have them shipped directly to her.

Click here to make a donation for Madison’s birthday.

ALISSA- 17 years old in February
Alissa is an artistic, inquisitive 17-year-old.  She loves to draw and of course shop for clothes!   Alissa has been in foster care for almost three years.  For her birthday, Alissa would really love a telescope, if possible, but would also be thrilled with a gift card to Cato fashion to shop or Amazon.

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, we’re looking for a Birthday Buddy donor to make a $100 donation for Alissa’s birthday gift.  The Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition will purchase the gifts online and have them shipped directly to her.

Click here to make a donation for Alissa’s birthday.

ANIYA- 14 years old in February

Aniya is a lovely 14-year-old young lady who enjoys school.  She receives good grades and loves her teachers.    She is beginning to open up and make friends at school.   She dreams of becoming a therapist for young children in the foster care system.  Aniya believes because of her experiences in foster care – she knows how they feel.   Her favorite candies are Reeses Peanut Butter Cups and Skittles.  She loves to watch Anime, and in her spare time she likes to work on Diamond Arts.   For her birthday, Aniya would love a pair of crocs unisex- adult Baya Clogs, color black size 8,  a Techops 5D Diamond painting 4 pack , or a Conpaxye demon slayer Anime blanket with design Demon Slayer 77.

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, we’re looking for a Birthday Buddy donor to make a $100 donation for Aniya’s birthday gift.  The Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition will purchase the gifts online and have them shipped directly to her.

Click here to make a donation for Aniya’s birthday.

ADAM- 17 years old in February
Adam is an artistic 17-year-old young man. He loves to draw and sketch various designs.  Adam has been in foster care for more than 5 years.  For his birthday, Adam would be thrilled to receive a Visa gift card so he could personally pick out the art supplies that would really help him create the best drawings.

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, we’re looking for a Birthday Buddy donor to make a $100 donation for Adam’s birthday gift.  The Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition will purchase the gifts online and have them shipped directly to him.

Click here to make a donation for Adam’s birthday.

JADEN- 16 years old in February
Jaden is an outgoing, fun 16-year-old girl who entered foster care this year.  She loves to go skating and shopping!  This is Jaden’s first year in foster care.  For her birthday, Jaden would love some passes to Coach Light or Skate King where she likes to go skating. She also loves to shop at Bath and Body Works and Amazon.

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, we’re looking for a Birthday Buddy donor to make a $100 donation for Jaden’s birthday gift.  The Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition will purchase the gifts online and have them shipped directly to her.

Click here to make a donation for Jaden’s birthday.

DeSHAWN- 15 years old in February
DeShawn is an energetic, bubbly 15-year-old. He loves to hang out and joke around with his friends. He has been in foster care for four years. DeShawn is all about clothes shopping for his special birthday treat. A gift card to Marshalls would be perfect, he can shop there for sweatpants, jeans, and hoodies.

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, we’re looking for a Birthday Buddy donor to make a $100 donation for DeShawn’s birthday gift. The Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition will purchase the gifts online and have them shipped directly to him.

Click here to make a donation for DeShawn’s birthday.

 

 


JAMES – 7 years old in January – matched with a Buddy!
James is a quiet boy who loves fishing and playing outside and is fascinated with sea creatures. James would love to get a bike for his birthday as well as any toys related to sharks, turtles, and other animals in the sea.  He also would love to get a lantern or other night light that he can take to bed with him and carry if he needs to get up in the middle of the night. A drone would be a fun birthday gift too!

ELISE – 14 years old in January – matched with a Buddy!
Elise is fairly shy but shows her personality through the colors she loves to dye into her hair. She loves sports, especially gymnastics and running.  For her birthday, Elise would be excited to receive twin bedding that represents her style (not girly colors), eye makeup, and Bluetooth earbuds (ones that look similar to Airpods)

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 gifts from an extremely generous donation to share with another foster child who has not been matched with a Birthday Buddy.