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
JARVIS- 18 years old in January – matched with a Buddy!
Jarvis is full of energy and is very funny. He can be described as the class clown & just loves to make people laugh. He is very social. Jarvis loves spending time with his friends but also likes to get lost in a good book. He has been in foster care for 17 years. For his birthday, Jarvis has provided lots of gift ideas! He has requested a ‘nice’ man’s cologne, a shaving kit, and teen books. He’d also be happy to receive gift cards to Marshall’s or any men’s clothing or shoe store so he can pick a little something out for himself. A gift card to St. Louis Cinemas (the Moolah, Chase Park, and Galleria movie theaters) or to any fast food restaurant would also make a terrific birthday gift! To see that Jarvis gets his gifts in time for his birthday, please deliver them no later than January 2.
AARON – 16 years old in December – matched with a Buddy!
Aaron is a quiet and shy young man who stays to himself. He likes watching movies, listening to music, cooking and playing video games. Aaron has been in foster care for almost 1 year. For his sweet sixteenth birthday, Aaron would love to get a gift card to Game Stop, a tablet with protective case, a Nike or Jordan hoodie (size large) and Jordan socks. To reach Aaron in time for his birthday, gifts should be delivered by December 1.
ANIJAH- 15 years old in November – matched with a Buddy!
Anijah is a great combination of girly & tomboy. She likes to get her hair done but isn’t afraid to get dirty. Her favorite color is red. She has been in foster care for 2 years. For her birthday, Anijah would like a prepaid Visa gift card to get a little something for herself. If you’d like to pick out some clothing for her, she wears a size 18/20 in pants, a 2X in tops, and is a size 8 shoe. To reach Anijah in time for her birthday, please make sure gifts are delivered no later than November 16.
JOEY- 16 years old in December – matched with a Buddy!
Joey is an active & engaging young man who loves to play games. He is funny and enjoys making others laugh. When he’s not playing games, you’ll find him outside riding his bike. He has been in foster care for 3 years. For his birthday, Joey has just a couple of wishes. He’d like a new Nintendo DS or an MP3 player. To reach Joey in time for his birthday, please make sure gifts are delivered before November 21.
DANDRE- 16 years old in December – matched with a Buddy!
Dandre is a very outgoing young man. He is social and enjoys going out with his friends to the movies. He likes to play basketball and also enjoys a good game on tv. He has been in care for 16 years. For his birthday, Dandre has requested a Jordan sweat suit (joggers and a hoodie; size large), a pair of Jordan socks, headphones, and a gift card to AMC movie theater or Lion’s Choice. To reach Dandre in time for his birthday, please see that gifts are delivered no later than December 5.
EMANI- 7 years old in December – matched with a Buddy!
Emani is a sweet, outgoing little girl who loves to sing and dance. She also loves to play with her siblings and friends. She has been in foster care for 7 months. For her birthday, Emani would love to receive a Barbie doll house, Caucasian Barbie dolls and accessories, Doc McStuffins toys and a pair of pink shoes that light up (size 13). In order to make sure Emani’s gifts reach her in time for her birthday, please see that they are delivered no later than December 3rd.
WENDY- 9 years old in December – matched with a Buddy!
Wendy is a girly girl. She loves cheerleading and dancing. She is funny and loves to read. She has been in foster care for 7 months. For her birthday, Wendy would like to get a dark skinned 18 inch doll and clothing to go with it. If this isn’t possible, she would like to get some pink lip gloss that is strawberry flavored, a pair of mid-calf black boots (size 13), and a red dress with white puffy sleeves & white at the bottom (size 7/8). To see that Wendy’s gifts reach her in time for her birthday, please see they are delivered no later than December 3rd.
ARMANI- 16 years old in December – matched with a Buddy!
Armani, like any teen, likes hanging out with her friends. She likes to watch movies, get her nails done, and spend time with her family. Armani has been in foster care for 6 years. For her birthday, Armani would like to get gift cards for clothing and food. Claire’s, Marshall’s, Bath & Body Works, and Red Lobster are some of her favorite places. She also would enjoy teen drama books or horror books. A bottle of perfume would be a great gift choice as well. To reach Armani in time for her birthday, please make sure that gifts are delivered before December 3.
NEVAEH – 14 years in December – matched with a Buddy!
Like many teen girls, Nevaeh’s favorite thing to do is hang out with her friends and go to the movies. She tries to lift herself up during the rough times through art and drawing. Nevaeh has been in foster care for 2 years. For her birthday, Nevaeh would be thrilled to receive a hoodie (size XL), boots (size 9), a gift card to Five Below, AMC movie theater, or Marcus movie theater. She would also enjoy squeeze balls, slime, a nice Bible or Devotional, and jewelry. To reach Nevaeh in time for her birthday, gifts should be delivered no later than December 10.
TIMOTHY- 14 years old in December – matched with a Buddy!
Timothy loves listening to music, dancing, and doing arts & crafts. When his case manager visits him, they always spend time listening to hip hop, drawing something or decorating things like picture frames. He has been in foster care for 4 years. For his birthday, Timothy would like to receive a remote controlled car. His preference is for a Lamborghini, Camaro, or Dodge Charger. He’d also like to get a pair of headphones that will work with a MP3 player. To make sure Timothy gets his gifts in time for his birthday, please see that gifts are delivered no later than December 7th.
JACYE- 2 years old in November – matched with a Buddy!
Jayce is a very active young boy. He plays with anything he can get his hands on and loves throwing balls. He has been in foster care for 6 months. Right now, Jacye is obsessed with cars. For his birthday, he would love anything car related. He would also really enjoy receiving soft foam balls or toys. To make this first birthday in foster care a special one, please make sure that gifts are delivered before November 16.
ARVELL- 13 years old in December – matched with a Buddy!
Arvell absolutely loves anything and everything about basketball. He likes to go out to eat, watch videos about basketball, and listening to music. His favorite colors are blue, black & grey. For his birthday Arvell would like to get headphones, a basketball, gift cards to restaurants, cologne, and a digital watch. To reach Arvell in time for his birthday please make sure gifts are delivered before December 7.
JHAKOBIE- 2 years old in November – matched with a Buddy
JhaKobie is an energetic and sweet little boy. He enjoys watching videos. He came into foster care shortly after being born. For his birthday JhaKobie would love to get age appropriate books and toys. Educational items geared towards learning ABC’s, numbers and colors would be great. To reach JhaKobie in time for his birthday please see that gifts are delivered before November 9.
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.