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
KADEN – 6 years old in August
Kaden is a shy, soft spoken little boy who has been in foster care for 4 years. He loves to watch movies and play video games. It would bring a smile to little Kaden’s face to get a Spiderman lunch box and backpack for his birthday, Beyblades, and tennis shoes in a size 13. To reach Kaden in time for his birthday, gifts should be donated no later than July 28.
ANTHONY- 12 years old in August
Anthony is a sweet and intelligent young man. He loves playing video games. He has been in foster care for almost three years. For his birthday Anthony would love to get a Pogo stick, tickets to Six Flags, and a gift certificate to Hibachi Grill. He’d love to be able to go to a nice restaurant. He’d also love to get some clothes. He’s a size 14 in clothing and a size 7 in shoes. To reach Anthony in time for his birthday please have gifts delivered before July 29.
DARRYAN – 21 years old in September
Darryan is a hard worker who is working 5 days a week. In his down time, he enjoys spending time with his friends and playing video games. Darryan has been in foster care for 14 years and “ages out” of foster care on his 21st birthday. For his last birthday in foster care, Darryan would appreciate gift cards to any fast food restaurant, as well as gift cards for clothes and shoes to Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Kohls, and Foot Locker. To reach Darryan in time for his birthday, gifts should be donated no later than August 29.
SHANA- 21 years old in August – matched with a Buddy!
Shana is shy until you get to know her but then she really turns into a talker! She loves hanging out with her friends and watching sports. She has been in foster care for 4 years. For her birthday, Shana would love to get Adidas slides (size large), an Adidas jacket (size medium), a pair of wireless headphones, a gift card to Chimi’s Mexican restaurant, and/or an AMC movie gift card. To see that Shana gets her gifts in time for her birthday, please donate them no later than July 24th.
BRANDON- 8 years old in August – matched with a Buddy!
Brandon is lively, active and loves to be outdoors. He can be silly and loves to crack jokes, and he’s also very loyal and truly looks out for those he cares about. He’s always pretending to be a ninja or playing board games with his brother. Brandon excels in school and is looking forward to going back next month. He has been in foster care for 7 months. For his birthday, Brandon would love toys related to the Power Rangers, especially the Ninja Steel Series. He also really likes Spider Man. Brandon does NOT like action figures but prefers to act out play through swords/ninja items or showing off his Power Ranger pride through clothing (boys size 7), hats and accessories. To reach Brandon by his birthday, gifts should be donated no later than August 1st.
DANTE- 17 years old in August – matched with a Buddy!
Dante loves robotics! Dante is also musical and plays in the band at his school. His case manager says he is “SO TALENTED” with a bright future ahead of him. Dante has been in foster care for almost 2 years. For his birthday Dante has just one request – a gift card to Game Stop. To reach Dante in time for his birthday, his gift needs to be donated no later than August 5th.
DMORIYA – 15 years old in August – matched with a Buddy!
Dmoriya leads by example and is always willing to help others. She’s on the dance team at her high school, and also likes to sing, watch movies, and do hair and make-up. Dmoriya has been in foster care for about 2 years. For her birthday, Dmoriya would love anything from the store PINK – an outfit, slides, or a set of lip gloss (size medium in clothes/size large in slides). An AMC movie gift card is also a great gift idea. To reach Dmoriya in time for her birthday, gifts should be donated no later than August 1.
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.