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

ALAN – 21 years old in October – matched with a Buddy!
Alan is a charming, engaging young man who is very involved in his church’s music ministry and plays the organ and the piano. He mentors other boys in foster care, teaching them how to conduct themselves and even how to change a tire! Alan composes music and also likes to play video games. He has been in foster care for the last 14 years. Alan “ages out” of foster care on his birthday without a forever family. To make this birthday special, he would enjoy receiving items from Ralph Lauren Polo such as a hoodie or sweatpants (size men’s large), underwear and socks. A Bluetooth speaker and a gift card to Five Guys would also make a great birthday treat! To reach Alan in time for his birthday, gifts should be donated no later than October 1.

CHRIS – 21 years old in December 
Chris is an avid wrestling fan. He also loves being on the computer, playing games, surfing the web and video chatting with his friends. Chris “ages out” of foster care on his birthday without a forever family. To make this birthday special for Chris, he would love a Visa gift card so he could choose clothes for himself. Chris would also be happy to receive Guess cologne and wireless Bluetooth headphones. To reach Chris in time for his birthday, gifts should be donated no later than November 30.

DOMINIC – 15 years old in September – matched with a Buddy!
Dominic is on his high school’s football team, watching scary movies, and playing video games. He is shy, but once he feels comfortable with you, he’s a chatterbox! This is Dominic’s first birthday in foster care. To make special birthday memories for Dominic, he’d be thrilled to receive a Nike hoodie (size men’s large) and a gift card to Foot Locker. He wants to go to Chili’s for his birthday dinner, so a gift card to Chili’s would make his wish come true! For Dominic to receive his gifts in time for his birthday, they should be donated no later than September 23.

GABRIEL- 17 years old in November – matched with a Buddy!
Gabriel is a laid back young man who is quite mature and level headed for his age. He enjoys meeting new people and often takes the initiative to introduce himself to others. He sees himself joining the Army and making a difference. In his free time you’ll find him playing basketball. For his upcoming birthday Gabriel would really like to receive a pair of wireless headphones to use with his cell phone, a nice leather wallet, a silver or gold tone watch, and some cologne (Axe, Polo, or Gucci are his favorites). He’s also enjoy some cool men’s socks and shirts, size M. To reach Gabriel in time for his birthday, please have gifts delivered before October 25th.

MILAGROS – 1 year old in September – matched with a Buddy!
Milagros is the happiest baby despite some of her struggles. She spent a lot of her first 6 months in the hospital but always had the biggest smile on her face. Over the summer, she really blossomed into her personality and began exploring everything around her. She loves playing with the older children in the home and tries her best to follow them around; she is so close to walking! She loves to follow lighted colors, if the TV is on it is hard to get her to look away. She is very curious and will grab onto anything in reach to examine it and see how interesting it is to her. She learns quickly and seems to be growing up more and more every day.  Milagros would really enjoy any educational or enhancing development style toy. Stacking toys, wood puzzles, ball towers, wooden puzzle toy boxes, numbers and alphabet sing-a-long toys, etc.  Gifts should be donated by September 10.

DILLON – 15 years old in October – matched with a Buddy!
Dillon is a very outgoing teenager who is truly a joy to be around. He is silly and loves to laugh, he has such a bright personality! Dillon enjoys sports and playing video games. He has been in foster care for over 2 years. For his birthday, he would love a St. Louis Cardinals jersey (size men’s medium) and a gift card to Game Stop or Walmart. To reach Dillion in time for his birthday, gifts should be donated no later than September 18.

BRADLY- 7 years old in November – matched with a Buddy!
Bradly is an upbeat boy who has lots of energy and is very active. He loves finding ways to burn that energy off. He finds that games keep his attention really well. Science is his favorite subject. He has been in foster care for 10 months. For his birthday, Bradly has no shortage of gift ideas; take your pick! A football or soccer ball would help him burn off that energy. A piggy bank or a kid’s safe would be great! Remote control cars, a science kit, K’Nex building kit, a Boogie Board Scribble & Play Color LCD Writing Tablet & Stylus or any drawing kit, and a kid’s digital camera are all on his list too. To see that Bradley gets his gifts in time for his birthday, please have them delivered before November 1.

CHRISTINA- 9 years old in November – matched with a Buddy!
Christina is passionate about singing and dancing. She also enjoys playing soccer. In her free time you’ll always find her drawing or coloring. She has been in foster care for 5 years. For her birthday Christina would like some new clothes (girls size 12 in clothing and size 4 in shoes).  She would also be excited to receive a doll with good quality hair for her to style in different ways, a Monopoly game, and a karaoke microphone.  To make sure that Christina gets her gifts in time for her birthday, please donate them no later than October 22.

ETHAN – 13 years old in September – matched with a Buddy!
Ethan is a funny and smart soon-to-be teenager who loves video games and hanging out with his friends. He has been in the foster care system for 5 years. For his birthday, Ethan would love any sports video game for a Playstation 3. Gift cards would also make a terrific birthday gift – he would like one to Marcus movie theaters, Best Buy, or any fast food restaurant. To reach Ethan in time for his birthday, gifts should be donated no later than September 14.

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.