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

BARRY- 12 years old in October
Barry is funny, outgoing and always remains positive. He likes to be active – his favorite sports to play are basketball and football. He also likes to sing and hang out with his friends. Barry has been in foster care for 2 years.   For his birthday, Barry would like to receive basketball arm sleeves (size small) as well as a video game for a Playstation 4, like UFC & 2K17.   To see that Barry gets his gifts in time for his birthday, they should be delivered no later than October 2.

DERRICK- 15 years old in October
Derrick is a very caring young man. He likes to draw, sing, play baseball, and go out to eat.  Derrick has been in foster care for 2 years. For his birthday, Derrick would like to get gift cards to Subway and McDonald’s. To reach Derrick in time for his birthday, gifts should be delivered before September 24th.

ELIAS- 15 years old in October
Elias is a great kiddo who has quite a talent for drawing – he is very happy to have recently joined the art club at school. He is a wonderful big brother and enjoys helping out around the house.  Elias has been in foster care  for 3 years. For his birthday, Elias has asked for some special art supplies – a Bristol board, copic markers, and a .5 rOtring mechanical pencil – to help him fine tune his art skills.  To make sure Elias gets his gifts in time for his birthday, please make sure they are donated no later than  October 5.

ASHANTI – 19 years old in October
Ashanti is an energetic young woman who adores giving love and attention to her son.  She also likes hanging out at the mall with her friends.  Ashanti has been in foster care for 3 years.  For her birthday, Ashanti would love to receive a gift card to PINK clothing store, Walmart, Qdoba, Panda Express or Subway.  To ensure that Ashanti can receive her gifts in time for her birthday, gifts should be donated no later than October 14.

RICHARD- 13 years old in October – matched with a Buddy! 
Richard likes to draw, color, and be outdoors. You’ll always find him riding his bike. Science and math are his favorite subjects in school. For his birthday, Richard would love to get a pair of headphones, a mp3 player, a Mizzou hoodie,  and a remote control truck.  A bag of golden dollar coin candy would be awesome too!   To ensure Richard gets his gifts in time for his birthday, they should be delivered no later than September 28th.

TRAYVION- 10 years old in November – matched with a Buddy!
Trayvion can be shy at first, but he warms up after he gets comfortable with you. He likes watching movie, listening to music, and sports – his favorites are football and basketball. Tray has been in foster care for more than a year.  For his birthday, Tray would be excited to receive a MP3 player, ear phones, handheld video games, and a gift card to AMC movie theater.  To reach Trayvion in time for his birthday, gifts should be delivered by October 23rd.

SAMYA- 18 years old in November – matched with a Buddy!
Samya is your typical teen girl. She loves to hang out with her friends at the mall, dance, and go out to eat.  Samya is excited to be a senior in high school, she loves singing in the school choir.   Samya has been in foster care for 14 years.  For her birthday, she has asked for fuzzy socks & slippers (size L/9-10), ear phones, lip gloss, and a gift card to Olive Garden or Victoria’s Secret PINK. To make sure Samya receives her gifts in time for her birthday, they should be donated no later than October 23.

MARIAH- 10 years old in October – matched with a Buddy!
Mariah has a beautiful & infectious smile but she’s shy at first. She loves to run & be outdoors. She is very good at making up silly songs. She often talks about wanting to be a contestant on Master Chef Junior. She likes learning to cook with desserts being her favorite. She has been in foster care for 3 years. Mariah has many gift options. She’d like nail polish, hair bows, slime, leggings, and athletic gear (she wears a 7/8 in shirts & pants). A gift card to one of the following would also make her day- Sweet & Sassy, Sweetology, or America’s Incredible Pizza Company. To reach Mariah in time for her birthday, gifts should be delivered before October 1st.

PERRY- 16 years old in October – matched with a Buddy!
Perry is shy but very kind. He enjoys playing video games, and loves playing all sports – he is especially good in basketball & boxing. Perry has been in foster care for 2 years. For his birthday, Perry would like to get a pair of basketball arm sleeves (size medium and would love a pair of Nike Air Force 1’s. He prefers a white low top in a size 8.   In order for Perry to receive his gifts in time for his birthday, they should be delivered before September 18th.

JEAN- 14 years old in October – matched with a Buddy!
Jean is a bubbly and kind young lady who enjoys indoor activities like coloring and arts & crafts.  She has developmental delays, reads at a 3rd grade level, and loves mythical dragons and wolves. Jean also loves squishy cuddly things like stuffed animals.  For her birthday, Jean would really like to get a Lego Elves Azari and the Fire Lion Capture Building Kit (41192, 360 pieces); Mythmorphia: An Extreme Coloring & Search Challenge coloring book, World of Dragons Coloring Book (Dover Coloring Books); and a Shuttle Art 120 Unique Colors Gel Pen Set.  To make sure Jean gets her gifts in time for her birthday, they should be delivered no later than October 12.

TYRIUS- 21 years old in November – matched with a Buddy!
Tyrius is an upstanding young man. He enjoys cooking, playing basketball, and hanging out with his friends. He also likes to go to church, listen to music and play the drums. Tyrius has been in foster care for 14 years and will ‘age out’ on his birthday.  For his birthday, Tyrius has requested a Visa gift card, Lacoste cologne, a Lacoste jogging suit (size large), a tablet, or a gift card to Chili’s.  To help make this birthday a special one, please see that gifts are donated by October 23rd.

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.