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.
  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

ARMHAD – 18 years old in November – matched with a Buddy!
Armhad loves playing with his siblings, listening the music, and eating good food.  He has a very playful personality. Armhad has been in foster care for about 6 years.  Armhad wears XXL clothing and for his birthday, he’d like to receive a gift card to Kohl’s or Macy’s so he can purchase some nice-looking clothes for himself.  A gift card to Walmart or Target would also be a great gift, so he can choose somet fun things for himself.  To reach Armhad in time for his birthday, gifts should be delivered by November 19.

ETHAN – 7 years old in December – matched with a Buddy!
Ethan loves the outdoors and playing with his big brother.  He’s cautious and quiet, especially around new people.  Ethan just entered foster care a few weeks ago and he’s still adjusting.  For his birthday, he would love a remote control vehicle.  Ethan would be excited to receive any age-appropriate toys for his birthday, especially cars!  To reach Ethan in time for his birthday, gifts should be delivered no later than November 24.

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.