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.
- 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
JACOBY – 17 years old in February
Jacoby enjoys playing basketball, watching movies, playing video games and drawing in his free time. This is his first birthday in foster care. Jacoby would be excited to receive a Champion hoodie and/or joggers (size XL), Nike socks, in-ear headphones, and a gift card to Olive Garden and AMC theaters that he can use when he goes out with friends. To reach Jacoby in time for his birthday, gifts should be delivered no later than February 1.
ZAVEON – 17 years old in February – matched with a Buddy!
Zaveon is an easy going teenager who just entered foster care a few months ago. He absolutely LOVES basketball, and wants to watch it or play it whenever he gets a chance. Zaveon loves shoes and clothes especially Nike and Jordan Brand clothing. For his birthday, he would like a gift card to Finish Line or Champs so he can choose something for himself. To reach Zaveon in time for his birthday, gifts should be donated no later than February 3.
DAMARRION – 11 years old in February – matched with a Buddy!
Damarrion is an outgoing and social boy who loves to play outside with his friends. He also likes playing basketball and football, watching action adventure movies, playing video games, and watching online videos. Damarrion has been in foster care for about 1 year. For his birthday, Damarrion would be very excited to receive a handheld video game system (like a Nintendo 2DS or a retro handheld player), an art set, the Avengers DVDs, a gift card to Game Stop, and a gift card to one of his favorite places to eat – Pizza Hut. To reach Damarrion in time for his birthday, gifts should be delivered by February 6.
BRITTANY – 16 years old in February – matched with a Buddy!
Brittany is a very creative and passionate young woman who is also a very talented singer! Brittany, who has been in foster care for 2 years, also loves playing outside and exploring new activities. For her sweet sixteen, Brittany would love Pokemon cards or Pokemon themed anything. She’s a little obsessed about Pokemon. A Froyo gift card, a karaoke machine, and a long trench coat (size medium) are also on her birthday list. Brittany also enjoys going to Skateport (near Manchester and Wiedman). Her own roller blades (women’s size 8.5) or a gift card to Skateport would also make a great gift. To reach Brittany in time for her birthday, gifts should be donated no later than February 5.
ASHER – 12 years old in February – matched with a Buddy!
Asher is a funny kid who is very mature for his age. He enjoys creative and artsy activities and like most boys his age, also loves video games. For his birthday, Asher would like some clothes. A gift card to Ross, Marshalls or Old Navy were suggested as a terrific birthday gift. He also would enjoy getting a Lego set. To reach Asher in time for his birthday, gifts must be donated no later than February 12.
JAVETA – 18 years old in February – matched with a Buddy!
Javeta has been in foster care for 15 years. She is vibrant, full of energy, positive, and a talented young woman. She enjoys doing her makeup, getting her nails/hair done, music, and scary movies/shows. She is very passionate about working towards her goals, recently earning her GED and next planning to get a job and start college courses. She’s a beautiful young woman inside and out. Javeta thought long and hard about what she would like for her 18th birthday! She wants to do something special to celebrate, so she would love some makeup to doll herself up for the special day! She’s requested:
– 360 foundation liquid (mocha)
-liquid concealer/cover-up Maybelline for dark circles (146 Tan)
-3D false lashes (medium to long)
-lip gloss (clear, nude, red)
Also she would love any type of earrings or a velvet material jumpsuit to top off her birthday celebration (ideally neon green) in women’s extra small or juniors medium. To reach Javeta in time for her birthday, gifts should be donated no later than February 12.
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.