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.

Children Needing Buddies

BARRY – 11 years old in October – matched with a Buddy!
Barry is a fun, energetic and smart young man. He enjoys playing video games, boxing, and football. He likes watching his favorite wrestler, John Cena, on television, and he loves clothes and shoes. For his birthday, Barry has asked for the NBA 2K18 Xbox 360 game, John Cena WWA action figure, and a gold Nike hoodie in a boy’s size 10-12. Gifts should be delivered by October 20.

ANIYAH- 14 years old in November – matched with a Buddy!
Aniyah is a girly girl who is spunky and outgoing. She is always changing up her hair style. She has been in foster care for about 2 years. For her birthday, Aniyah would like to get gifts cards to Sally’s Beauty Supply, Rue 21, ‘hair stuff’, jewelry, and clothes (pants/tops – size large, shoes – size 9) To reach Aniyah in time for her birthday, gifts should be delivered by November 14.

JHA’KOBIE- 1 year old in November – matched with a Buddy!
Jha’Kobie is a happy baby. He is always in a good mood and smiles and laugh a lot. He is always curious about his surroundings. He has been in foster care for almost 1 year. For his birthday, Jha’Kobie would really love to get a toy that helps with walking like a sit to stand walker or push toy. He is starting to pull himself up and cruise along furniture. He’ll be off to the races in no time. Age appropriate toys and books would also wonderful for Jha’Kobie. To make sure Jha’Kobie gets his gifts in time for his birthday, they should be delivered by October 26th.

QUEEN- 2 years old in November – matched with a Buddy!
Queen is fun loving and always has a smile on her face. She is a pro at being silly and making those around her laugh. She has been in foster care since birth. For her birthday, Queen would love age appropriate toys & puzzles. She also really loves to play dress up, so character dresses would be great. To reach Queen in time for her birthday, gifts should be donated by November 6.

ARIEL- 16 years old in November – matched with a Buddy!
Ariel is a quiet and happy kid. She loves to sing and draw in her spare time. She has been in foster care for three and a half years. For her birthday, Ariel has simple requests. She would like a Best Friends necklace and earrings and some Cover Girl foundation (Classic Ivory 110). To make sure Ariel gets her gifts in time for her birthday, they should be delivered by November 1st.

DELILAH- 14 years old in November – matched with a Buddy!
Delilah is a VERY outgoing and social teen. She loves to spend time with her brother. They love to go eat at different restaurants. The Cheesecake Factory is one of their favorites. She enjoys singing and is really interested in fashion design. She is very talented at creating outfits. She has been in foster care for 4 years. For her birthday, Delilah would really enjoy getting anything with emojis on it (suitcase, blanket, anything). To say she loves emojis would be an understatement. She would also like to get items from or a gift card to Bath & Body Works. Gift cards to various restaurants would be a great gift choice for Delilah, particularly The Cheesecake Factory. She would also really enjoy getting the game Sims 4 for Xbox 360. Anything related to fashion design, like books or sewing stuff, that’s age appropriate would also be great. To reach Delilah in time for her birthday gifts should be delivered by November 1st.

EBAN- 1 year old in December – matched with a Buddy!
Eban is a happy baby who loves to be held and sung to. He likes listening to music and likes to make his own music by banging on things. Eban is working hard on learning to walk. For Eban’s very first birthday, board books, building blocks, and musical toys would make him very happy. To reach Eban in time for his birthday, gifts should be donated by November 27.

JOEY- 15 years old in December – matched with a Buddy!
Joey has a bright smile and will warm up to anyone quickly. He recently started high school and is excited to be on the football team. He even had a winning tackle this season! Joey is a loving kid who does great with animals, and especially loves horses. Joey has been in foster care for 4 years. For his birthday, Joey would really like to get a pair of black and red Nike shoes (size 10.5), an Axe body kit, an MP3 player and a Lego flatbed truck. To make sure Joey gets his gifts in time for his birthday, they should be donated by November 20th.

DAKOTA – 13 years old in December
Dakota is a sweet yet daring little fellow.  He’s very impressionable, takes everything to heart, and has very good manners – he is grateful and appreciative for everything he receives.  Dakota loves to be the best at whatever he does.  He entered foster care about 6 months ago.  To make Dakota’s birthday super special this year, he would love to receive gel pen sets, Pokemon cards, a skateboard, drawing pencils and sketch pad, and clothing (size 16 in pants and medium in tops).  A Walmart or Incredible Pizza gift card would also make a terrific gift.  To arrive in time for Dakota’s birthday, they should be donated by December 12.

KEAIRRA- 18 years old in January – matched with a Buddy!
Keairra is very social and enjoys spending time with her friends. She has a beautiful voice and loves to sing. Keairra has been in foster care for 2 years. For her birthday, she would appreciate items from Bath & Body Works or Victoria’s Secret PINK, nail polish/nail care kits, gift cards for clothing (Marshalls or any place in the mall for teens), or a Regal movie theater gift card. To make sure Keairra gets her gifts in time for her birthday, they should be delivered by December 20th.

NICHOLAS- 2 years old in January – matched with a Buddy!
Nicholas has a charming and sweet personality. He is very active and curious, he’s into everything right now. Nicholas has been in foster care almost 2 years. It’ll be really easy to please this 2 year old for his birthday. He’d like to get books for toddlers. He recently got I Am a Fire Truck and I Am Garbage Truck and he just loves them. He loves busses, cars, trains, and garbage trucks so toys and videos dealing with these would be great choices for Nicholas. To make sure he gets his gifts in time for his birthday they should be delivered by December 20th.

JARVIS- 17 years old in January 
Jarvis is a wonderful young man. He is on his school’s football team and loves every minute of it. He has a funny personality. He is the class clown and although this sometimes gets him in trouble, he just loves to make people laugh. He likes to cook and enjoys the responsibility of helping his cousin with his food truck business. Jarvis has been in foster care for 16 years. For his birthday, Jarvis would enjoy receiving male body care items (think Axe), some men’s cologne, gift cards for fast food or restaurants, gift cards to TJ Maxx/Marshalls or some place in the mall for clothes, and a St. Louis Cinemas gift cards. To reach Jarvis in time for his birthday gifts should be delivered by January 3.

ALAINA AND ALANA – 21 years old in January  – matched with a Buddy!   
Twins Alaina and Alana have been in foster care for 7 years and will be “age out” of foster care in January when they turn 21.  They are both artistic and independent young women.  As they get ready to be 100% responsible for their own apartments, Alana has asked for a Magic Bullet blender, as well as a Visa card and kitchen and cleaning supplies.  On Alaina’s birthday list is a vacuum as well as a portable vacuum for her vehicle.  She’d also like a bookshelf and a gift card for gas, kitchen supplies or cleaning supplies.  To reach them in time for their 21st birthday, gifts should be donated by December 29.

JASON- 14 years old in October – matched with a Buddy!
Jason is very outgoing, energetic, and loves to talk. His personality will brighten anyone’s day! He loves sports and is really good at running. He is starting to have interest in girls, so he loves to look and smell good. He has been in foster care for just 5 months. His foster mom says he’s been dealt a hard life but has made the best of a bad situation. For his birthday, Jason has requested a gift card to Walmart, Pokemon collectible cards, a gift card to Game Stop, a prepaid cell phone, and clothes (size M shirts, 16 slim pants). Jason would like to have a pizza party for his birthday, so a gift card to Pizza Hut or Domino’s would also be a great gift! To make sure Jason gets his gifts in time for his birthday, they should be delivered by October 10.

ASHANTI- 18 years old in October – matched with a Buddy!
Ashanti is a beautiful and athletic young woman who is looking forward to graduating high school this year. She is checking out colleges she’d like to go to next year. She wants to be a physical therapist. She has been in foster care for 2 years. For her birthday, Ashanti would like to start to get ready for college. Gift cards to Walmart, Target, and Bed Bath & Beyond would help her get a jump start. She would also like a pair of new cheer shoes or a gift card to Nike to buy some. She wears a size 9 and they need to be black.  To make sure she gets her gifts in time for her birthday, they should be delivered by October 13.

JADON- 8 years old in October – matched with a Buddy!
Jadon is a sweet, happy kid who loves to play with his friends and likes going to school. He likes to play football and basketball with his brothers. He has been in foster care for almost 1 year. For his birthday, Jadon has requested ‘anything Ironman’ and a tablet so he can play handheld games. He would also like to visit Sky Zone or Flying Spider. A gift card to either of those would make him super happy. To make sure Jadon gets his gifts in time for his birthday, they should be delivered by Oct 13.

MARQUISE – 7 years old in November – matched with a Buddy!
Marquise is an active kid who always has a smile on his face. His favorite pastime is playing with Legos and action figures. He can build the most awesome buildings! For his birthday, he would love in increase his Lego collection, perhaps a Lego Classic Creative Brick Box or a Lego set. He’d also enjoy any Marvel or DC Comics super-hero action figures. To reach Marquise in time for his birthday, gifts should be donated by November 2.

ARYAN– 6 years in October – matched with a Buddy!
Aryan is beautiful and smart little girl.  She’s very outgoing, creative and crafty.  Aryan has been in foster care for 2 years.  For her birthday, Aryan would love baby dolls and accessories, an art set, arts and crafts kits, and materials for making her own books.  To reach Aryan in time for her birthday, gifts should be delivered by October 10.

ADRIONA- 20 years old in November – matched with a Buddy!
Adriona is an independent young woman and a very hard worker. She is juggling being a full time college student and working full time. When she has free time, she likes to spend it with her friends or catching a movie. She has been in foster care for 10 years. For her birthday, Adriona would love a gift card to Foot Locker, Forever 21, PINK (by Victoria’s Secret),  or Bath & Body Works. She would also really appreciate a gift card to Anne’s Bra Shop as it is difficult for her to find a bra in her size elsewhere. To reach Adriona in time for her birthday, gifts should be delivered by October 26.

BRITTANY- 17 years old in November – matched with a Buddy!
Brittany is a great teen! She loves to take pictures and document special memories. She has a huge heart and is involved in volunteer work through a club at her school. She also loves to write & is quite talented at it!  She has been in foster care for 4 years. For her birthday, Brittany has tons of gift ideas. She asked for gifts cards to Wehrenberg/Marcus theaters, Spencer’s, Snapfish, Amazon  and Hot Topic. She would like to increase her DVD collection with “The Fault in Our Stars” or “If I Stay”. A big, soft, fluffy blanket would be great (aqua blue or Batman). Some leggings of any color or Batman pattern (size 2XL or size 2 at Torrid) or a light up box used for tracing would also be great gift choices for Brittany. To reach Brittany in time for her birthday, gifts should be delivered by November 2nd.

TOMMY – 17 years old in November – matched with a Buddy!
Tommy is an easy-going and laid back young man. He is a hard worker and is just desperate to fit in and belong. This is his second time in foster care. Great birthday gift ideas for Tommy would be his own sleeping bag, a hiking/camping backpack, a camping cot and other camping/hiking gizmos and gadgets. He would also love a pair of Adidas slides in a size 10, and a season pass to Six Flags so he could go with his friends. Gifts should be donated by November 15 to reach Tommy in time for his birthday.

CLASSIC- 5 years old in November – matched with a Buddy!
Classic is very outgoing. She loves life & loves to make those she cares about smile. She is into girly things like Barbies and other dolls. She is very active and loves to dance. She has been in foster care for 2 years. For her birthday, Classic said she’s love ‘anything’ but specially requested super hero girl dolls (like Wonder Woman and Supergirl).  She’d also have a great time with a Leapfrog tablet with educational games. To make sure Classic gets her gifts in time for her birthday, they should be delivered by October 23rd.

HAYDON- 9 years old in December – matched with a Buddy!
Haydon is a very active young boy who loves to play sports, especially basketball. He also loves riding his bike and playing with his friends. He is artistic and likes to be creative. He has been in foster care for 1 year. For his birthday, Haydon would like to get super hero action figures, Legos with mini-figures, and a Ken doll. He plays Barbie with his sister but would like to have a male doll. To make sure Haydon gets his gifts in time for his birthday, they should be donated by November 27.

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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.