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

JESTINA – 18 years old in December – matched with a Buddy!
Jestina is a sweet, quiet young lady who enjoys reading and doing art. She has only been in foster care for 4 months. Because Jestina’s favorite thing to do is to paint with acrylics, she’s asked to receive art supplies for her birthday. To reach Jestina in time for her birthday, gifts should be donated by December 14.

DEMETRIC – 17 years old in January – matched with a Buddy!
Demetric is your classic teenage boy. He loves video games, basketball and shoes. He is a junior in high school and is on the JV basketball team. He has set a goal for himself to make it onto the varsity team his senior year. Demetric has been in foster care for more than 4 years. As your classic teenager, Demetric has requested birthday gift cards so he can go shopping for exactly what he is wanting. He has asked for gift cards to American Eagle, Foot Locker, or just a generic Visa gift card. To reach Demetric in time for his birthday, gifts must be donated by January 10.

CHESTER – 17 years old in January
Chester is a smart young man who always gets good grades. He loves playing soccer and hanging out with his friends on the team after games. Chester has been in foster care for 1.5 years. For Chester’s birthday, he has asked for a gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods so that he can buy a better pair of soccer cleats. He would also love gift cards to fast food restaurants, American Eagle, Hollister, and other stores at the mall. To reach Chester in time for his birthday, gifts must be delivered by January 20.

KYRA – 17 years old in January
Kyra likes to dance, sing, and braid hair. Kyra is very social and likes listening to music, going to the movies and out to eat. She’s been in foster care for about 2 years. Gift cards would be ideal for Kyra’s birthday – a VISA gift card, PINK gift card or gift cards to fast food restaurants. She’s also like a pair of PINK criss cross slides (size 9) and lip gloss. To reach Kyra in time for her birthday, gifts should be delivered by December 18.

ZAHRA – 1 year old in January
Zahra has a energetic personality, she’s always happy, full of joy, and has the biggest cutest smile in the world. Zahra loves the ABC song and the Patty-cake song – she wiggles and shrieks with joy when she hears them. She is a busy baby who loves attention, Sesame Street, and being read to (especially at bed time). She is a very alert and smart little girl. Gift ideas for Zahra include a rocking horse, wagon, and a winter coat, hat, and gloves (size 24 months). To reach Zahra in time for her birthday, gifts should be donated by January 5.

JOHN – 9 years old in January
John is an outgoing child who will go out of his way to impress you. He is quite competitive and can occasionally be a handful! John loves being outside, playing basketball, riding his bike and playing with friends. He’s been in foster care for more than 2 years. For his birthday, John would love to receive a new basketball, a remote control train set, and/or remote control vehicles.  To reach John in time for his birthday, gifts should be delivered by December 28.

TONY – 14 years old in January
Tony is a generous young man who is also very well-spoken. He loves sports, including swimming and dancing. Tony has been in foster care for about 1 year. Like many teenagers, Tony wants to look good and fit in at school. He’s asked for clothes for his birthday (size men’s XL) and athletic shoes (size 9.5). To reach Tony in time for his birthday, gifts should be donated by January 3.

RAVEN – 19 years old in February
Raven’s favorite activities are praise dancing, doing make-up, surfing the internet, and hanging out with her friends. She’s been in foster care for 4.5 years. For her birthday, Raven would love to receive a ceramic flat iron, orange Chuck Taylors in a men’s size 7, or a hoodie (preferably Chuck Taylor) in size large. Gift cards would be great too. To reach Raven in time for her birthday, gifts should be delivered by February 13.

KELLY – 11 years old in December – matched with a Buddy!
Kelly is an intelligent young man who is interested in science, robotics and sports. He gets terrific grades in school and is a hard worker!  This will be Kelly’s first birthday in foster care.  His birthday wish is to receive a remote control drone and helicopter.  Gifts should be delivered by December 8 to reach Kelly in time for his birthday.

NEVAEH – 13 years old in December – matched with a Buddy!
Nevaeh is an artistic young lady who loves gymnastics and musical theater. This will be her first birthday in foster care. What Neveah most wants for her birthday are supplies to fuel her art – sketch books, paints, canvases and other art supplies. She would also enjoy getting a necklace or bracelet. To reach Neveah in time for her birthday, gifts should be donated by December 10.

BRADLEY – 15 years old in January – matched with a Buddy!
Bradley loves to build things and work with his hands. He is interested in fantasy fiction, dragons, Greek gods, and mythology. Bradley has been in foster care for about 6 months and spends a lot of time by himself, as he is still trying to make friends at his new school. For his birthday, Bradley would love to receive Rick Riordan books (he has already read the Lightning Thief series). He would also enjoy Japanese graphic novels (he loved the Black Butler). A gift card to Half Price Book Store in St. Charles would also make a terrific gift. To reach Bradley in time for his birthday, gifts should be delivered by December 16.

SHI’AUNA – 17 years old in January – matched with a Buddy!
Shi’Auna is a bright young woman and a hard worker. She can be a bit reserved until she gets to know you. She enjoys during girly things such as shopping, getting nails done, and talking on the phone. Shi’Auna has been in foster care for over 2 years. For her birthday, Shi’Auna would be excited to receive skinny jeans (size 4/5 tall), tops (size medium), or a gift card to PINK (Victoria’s Secret) or Bath and Body Works. To reach Shi’Auna in time for her birthday, gifts should be delivered by December 18.

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.