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 their birthday*. Sometimes children ask that their party guests bring a present for a foster child in lieu of a birthday gift for them. 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 Alton, IL.
  4.  For children 12 years and under, we ask donors to donate between $50-$100 worth of birthday gifts to their Birthday Buddy.  For children 13 years and older, we ask donors to donate between $75-$150 worth of birthday gifts to their Birthday Buddy.

Children Needing Buddies

LAWRENCE – 19 years old in March – matched with a Buddy!
Lawrence is a kind and laidback young man who plays football at a small college. He has been in foster care for about 7 years. As a sports lover, he’s requested a gift card to Nike or any sporting goods store for his birthday. To be able to go out with friends, gift cards to McDonalds, Sonic or Taco Bell would also be a wonderful birthday present. To reach Lawrence in time for his birthday, gifts should be received no later than March 23 (gifts can be mailed or dropped off).

SAMARA – 2 years old in March – matched with a Buddy!
Samara is a sweet little girl who just entered foster care last month. She likes to color and look at books. For her birthday, Samara would be super excited to receive an age-appropriate doll to play with, girly movies on DVD (like Frozen), and girly twin bedding too. To reach Samara in time for her birthday, gifts should be dropped off or mailed to our office in Brentwood no later than March 23.

JAHKAIYA – 10 years old in March – matched with a Buddy!
Jahkaiya is a sweet kid who has been in foster care for over 3 years. She is fun to be around, loves to laugh and clap for herself, and brings a smile to everyone’s face. Jahkaiya recently started watching the older kids play with their purses and would like one of her own. She wears a hoodie almost every day and her favorite has kitty ears on the top of the hood. More fun hoodies would be a great birthday gift idea, as well as footed pajamas (girls size 14-16). To reach Jahkaiya in time for her birthday, gifts should be dropped off or mailed to our office in Brentwood by March 24.

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.