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.

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

EMMA – 17 years old in July
Emma is a cheerleader and made JV this year. She is the oldest sibling of 3 and is a great big sister. She is very social and a typical 17 year old girl. She is interested in Netflix, cheer leading, hanging out with friends, and make up and hair. Emma really wants to get her hair cut and dyed. A gift certificate to a salon to have this completed would make her 17th birthday amazing!  https://www.salonfdl.com/   To reach Emma in time for her birthday, gifts should be donated by July 21.

ISABELLE- 17 years old in August
Isabelle is a quiet & reserved teen. She does well in school and is setting herself up to be successful in life. She likes hanging out with her family & friends and loves listening to music. She has been in foster care for 2 years. For her birthday, she would like a pair of tennis or basketball shoes. She usually likes the men’s styles (size 5.5), but also likes some women’s shoes as long as they’re not pink (size 7). She has also requested some active wear clothing like yoga pants, sweatshirts, tanks & shorts (size medium). To reach Isabelle in time for her birthday, please see that gifts are donated by August 13th.

NAKIA- 15 years old in August
Nakia is described as a goofy fashionista. She enjoys wearing the latest trends. She enjoys dance, volleyball, and cheerleading, and is planning on doing all three again this coming school year. She is also a good singer. She has been in foster care for just 5 months. For her birthday, Nakia would like some new clothes to show off at school (size medium). Gift cards to Marshall’s, Rainbow or Citi Trend would also be a terrific birthday gift for Nakia!  To make this first birthday in foster care a special one, please make sure gifts are delivered by July 31.

DAWANE- 11 years old in August
Dawane is a quiet but lovable boy. He has a strong attachment to his family. He loves playing any sport with his older brother. He enjoys listening to music, and cares about his appearance.  He has been in foster care for 4 years. For his birthday, Dawane would like to get a football, a basketball, an mp3 player, and some new clothes so he can be stylin’. He wears boys 12 shirts, boys 14 long pants, boys 14 shorts, and a size 7 tennis shoe. To reach Dawane in time for his birthday, gifts should be delivered by July 30.

ANTUANE- 12 years old in August
Antuane is very neat & tidy and likes to look good in his attire. He is always looking out for his younger brother to whom he is very close. They enjoy playing football & handheld games together. Antuane enjoys eating at McDonald’s & getting his hair cut in order to keep up with the new styles. He has been in foster care for 4 years. For his birthday Antuane has requested gift certificates to McDonald’s & Great Clips. He would also be thrilled to receive an MP3 player & some new clothes (size 14 long pants, size 14 shorts & shirts, size 8 in shoes). To maks sure Antuane gets his gifts in time for his birthday, they should be delivered by July 30th.

SHAELYNN- 14 years old in August
Shaelynn loves fashion and has a passion for art. She enjoys taking photos and reading in her free time. She is your typical teen when it comes to electronics; she just loves ‘em. Shaelynn entered foster care just 3 months ago. For her birthday, she has requested art supplies- colored pencils, paint pens, drawing paper, ect. She would also like gift cards to Barnes & Noble, H&M, and Target. To reach Shaelynn in time for her birthday, gifts should be delievered by July 23rd.

KALEY- 19 years old in September
Kaley is a funny & intelligent young woman with a lot of personality. She makes friends everywhere she goes. She is a great mom to her toddler and loves to have her younger brothers over for a sleepover at her apartment. Her case manager says she’s independent and awesome! She has been in foster care for 6 years. For her birthday, Kaley would like Visa gift cards to pick a little something for herself, and a gift set from Bath & Body Works. Her favorite scents are Cashmere Glow and 1000 Wishes. In order for Kaley to get her gifts in time for her birthday, they should be delivered by August 27.

WILLIAM- 16 years old in October
William is a resilient, personable and charming – he loves to be the center of attention.  He is good at sports, especially basketball, likes to play video games and going for walks. He enjoys taking a leadership role with his friends & peers.  He has been in foster care for 5 years. For his birthday, William would like games for his Xbox One. He’s not picky about which games, he loves them all & would be grateful. He’s also enjoy an Xbox gift card & a pair of Nike shoes (size 9). To make this a great birthday for William, please make sure gifts are delivered by October 3rd.

MYKEZ- 14 years old in August – matched with a Buddy!
Mykez is a shy young man. He is reserved and quiet most times but when he comes out of his shell he loves to tell jokes. He likes sports and enjoys playing with his younger brother.  He has been in foster care for 8 years.  For his birthday, Mykez would like a Burger King gift card, Madden 18 for Xbox 360, and a pair of Nike tennis shoes (size 8 men’s).  He’d also be very happy to receive a Marshwan Lynch jersey or a Russell Westbrook jersey. To make sure Mykez gets his gifts in time for his birthday please make sure they are delivered by August 3.

KARA – 7 years old in August – matched with a Buddy!
Kara is a sweet girl who loves to play with her siblings. She is a girly girl and loves anything related to Frozen! For her birthday, she would be thrilled to receive Frozen dolls and accessories, an Alex Scra-ffiti set, or a Crayola light up tracing pad. Kara isn’t picky, she would have fun with other age appropriate toys too! To reach Kara in time for her birthday, gifts should be donated by July 30.

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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.