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
- Select a child from the list of foster children with upcoming birthdays (below).
- Fill out the form below.
- Drop off your gifts to a Birthday Buddy Coordinator’s home in Kirkwood, MO, or Bethalto, IL.
- We ask donors to donate between $50-$100 worth of birthday gifts to their Birthday Buddy.
Children Needing Buddies
DEMONT’E- 17 years old in March
Demont’e loves to play sports. When he’s not playing ball with his traveling basketball team, he loves to watch movies, listen to music, and work out. He has been in foster care for 3 years. For his birthday, Demont’e would like to get a Nike duffel bag, a pair of head phones, and a gift card to Culver’s. To make sure Demont’e gets his gifts in time for his birthday, please have them delivered no later than March 28.
MARKTEZ- 21 years old in April
Marktez is a great young man. He enjoys playing video games and listening to music. He is interested in becoming a music producer one day and is excited to start college classes this summer. In his free time you’ll find him either playing or watching basketball. Marktez has been in foster care for 8 years. He will ‘age out’ on his birthday. For his last birthday in foster care, Marktez would like to receive an Adidas hoodie (size medium), Adidas slides (size 8) and gift cards for Popeye’s and Taco Bell. A Visa gift card is always a good choice too. To reach Marktez in time for his birthday, gifts should be delivered before April 2.
SHAKIRA – 18 years old in April
Shakira enjoys cooking and doing craft projects. She has been in foster care for almost 3 years. Shakira’s case manager tells us that Shakira is very particular and picky about the things she likes; she recommended that her Birthday Buddy give her a Visa gift card for her birthday. Then Shakira can make her own special birthday purchases that are absolutely perfect for her! To reach Shakira in time for her birthday, gifts should be donated no later than April 1.
DARRION- 20 years old in April
Darrion is very outgoing and makes friends easily. He enjoys listening to music and drawing. You’ll always find him hanging out with his friends and playing video games. He has been in foster care for 3 years. For his birthday, Darrion would really like a Jordan hoodie and sweatpants (size large). He’s also really appreciate a gift card to Footlocker and a MP3 player. To see that Darrion gets his gifts in time for his birthday please make sure they are delivered no later than April 5.
TARIYAH- 6 years old in April
Tariyah is a sweet little girl. Her favorite things to do in the world are sing, write, draw and paint. She is also quite artistic. For her birthday, Tariyah has a few ideas. She would love a couple of baby dolls (Rapunzel is currently her favorite character); a Barbie car, and a toy dog. Trolls is her favorite movie and she’d love to own that DVD. To make sure Tariyah gets her gifts in time for her birthday, please have them delivered before April 5.
KIRRA- 6 years old in April
Kirra is very bubbly and playful. She loves to run and jump and play until she’s exhausted. She has been in foster care for almost 2 years. For her birthday Kirra would like to get dolls, books, blocks, a VTech learning toy such as the Touch and Teach Word Book or the Little Apps Tablet. She would benefit from toys that help the learning process. To reach Kirra in time for her birthday, please see that gifts are delivered no later than April 5.
CHANTE – 15 years old in May – matched with a Buddy!
Chante spends her free time watching television and surfing the internet. She also enjoys cooking. On the weekends, Chante likes to hang out with her friends. She has been in foster care for 12 years. For her birthday, Chante would be thrilled to get her own blu ray DVD player, the movie Black Panther, a portable Bluetooth speaker, headphones, or a gift card to PINK, Rally’s or Steak n Shake. To reach Chante in time for her birthday, gifts should be donated no later than May 11.
DESTINY- 18 years old in May
Destiny is a very outgoing young woman. She is very involved with clubs at school and in the community. In her free time she’ll spend time with her friends, listen to music, or play video games. Destiny has been in foster care for 12 years. For her birthday, Destiny would like to receive a tablet, a pair of Nike flip flops (size 10), a gift card to AMC theaters, and urban books. To reach Destiny in time for her birthday, please see that gifts are delivered before May 17th.
LAREESE- 21 years old in June
LaReese is very excited to be attending cosmetology school in the fall, she really likes to do hair and makeup. She enjoys cooking a good pasta dinner, and also likes to hang out and watch movies with her friends. LaReese has been in foster care for 7 years and she will ‘age out’ on her 21st birthday. For her last birthday in foster care, LaReese would really like to have a spa day at Vicki’s Nails. Lip gloss, makeup, and gift cards to AMC theaters and Pappy’s BBQ would be great gifts as well. An outfit from PINK (size medium) or PINK slides (size large) would send her over the moon. To make sure LaReese gets her gifts in time for her birthday, please see that they are delivered before June 7.
ISAIAH – 7 years old in June – matched with a Buddy!
Isaiah is looking forward to spring because he can’t wait to get outside and play soccer! He does well playing independently as well as with others. Isaiah has a great imagination and loves to role play (especially if he gets to be a super hero). This will be Isaiah’s first birthday in foster care. For his birthday, he would be very excited to receive action figures and accessories, such as Transformers, Ninja Turtles, and any superhero. Isaiah needs durable toys as he sometimes breaks more delicate toys. A tee shirt with a superhero on it, and matching jogging pants or shorts (size 8) appropriate for outdoor play would also be a terrific gift for Isaiah. To make sure that Isaiah receives gifts in time for his birthday, they should be delivered no later than June 13.
TORRIAN- 11 years old in March – matched with a Buddy!
Torrian is an outgoing and funny boy who just entered foster care. He likes to play basketball and video games with his foster brothers. He enjoys school and his favorite subject is math. For his birthday, he would be excited to receive games for his Xbox One, a glow in the dark fidget spinner, the card game Uno, or a Visa gift card or a tablet. He also really likes chocolate! He wouldn’t complain if you got him some! To ensure Torrian gets his gifts in time for his birthday, please make sure they are delivered no later than March 17.
DEVON- 17 years old in March – matched with a Buddy!
Devon is a fun loving kid with a heart of gold. He gets along with his peers and respects adults. He loves playing basketball at the local YMCA and hopes to try out for the school team. He just got back in contact with his sister and nephew so he’s very excited to be spending some time with them. In his free time he likes to play video games with his friends and foster brothers. He has been in foster care for 7 years. For his birthday, he doesn’t want much. A gift card to GameStop and/or a gift card for Xbox Live are the only things he has asked for. To reach Devon in time for his birthday please see that gifts are delivered no later than March 20.
DANEARIA- 19 years old in May – matched with a Buddy!
Danearia is vibrant, affectionate and a loving young woman. She enjoys being very social and loves to listen to music, sing and dance. Music is her outlet and she turns to it when she struggles with anything. She is adjusting well to her newest placement. She has been in foster care for 10 years. For her birthday, Danearia has asked for items all relating to her outlet, music. She’d like a CD player, a pair of headphones and some of her favorite albums. These include the new Ariana Grande album “thank u, next”, Michael Jackson “This is It”, Justine Bieber “My World 2.0”, and Selena Gomez’s debut album “Stars Dance”. To see that Danearia gets her gifts in time for her birthday, please see that they are delivered no later than May 17.
ALEXIS- 18 years old in June – matched with a Buddy!
Alexis has a bubbly personality and gets along really well with everyone, especially older adults. She likes to do her makeup, hang out with her friends, and listen to music. She wants to go to college when she graduates but is not sure what she wants to major in. She knows she wants to work with kids though. She is interested in playing sports or learning an instrument but has not yet had the opportunity to do so. She has been in foster care for 3 years. For her birthday, Alexis has lots of ideas. Bluetooth headphones, makeup, and an Olive Garden gift card are all on her list. Jeans (size 7), high top shoes (size 8.5), hot Cheetos and other snacks made the list too. In order for her gifts to reach her in time for her birthday, please see that they are delivered before June 8.
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.