Birthday Buddies

Because of the COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Order, we’re looking for Birthday Buddy donors to make a $75 donation for children 12 years and under, and a $100 donation for children 13 years and older.

The Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition will purchase birthday gifts online and have them shipped directly to the children.

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 their birthday*. Sometimes children ask that their party guests bring a present for a foster child in lieu of a birthday gift for them. Other donors simply enjoy being a Birthday Buddy to brighten a foster child’s birthday.

Children Needing Buddies

There are currently no foster children waiting to be matched with a Birthday Buddy.
But we receive Birthday Buddy applications every week – please check
this website again in a few days!  

 


BRANIYA – 16 years old in March – matched with a Buddy!
Braniya likes talking on the phone with friends, watching Youtube videos, and spending time outside taking photos. She loves horror and sci-fi as entertainment, and has a special love for “Stranger Things.” This will be Braniya’s first birthday in foster care.  She would feel special on her sweet 16 if she received gifts like a hoodie, joggers, and/or a Visa gift card.

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, we’re looking for a Birthday Buddy donor to make a $100 donation for Braniya’s birthday gift. The Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition will purchase the gifts online and have them shipped directly to her.

ANTHONY – 19 years old in March – matched with a Buddy!
Anthony’s favorite pastime is playing video games.  He is also very good at tinkering and fixing things.  He has been in foster care for over 5 years.  For his birthday, Anthony has asked for a gift card to Ross to choose some new clothing for himself and a Xbox gift card.

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, we’re looking for a Birthday Buddy donor to make a $100 donation for Anthony’s birthday gift. The Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition will purchase the gifts online and have them shipped directly to him.

LAWRENCE – 20 years old in March – matched with a Buddy!
Lawrence is an athletic young man. He loves to play sports and video games with his friends in his free time. Lawrence also really enjoys working so he can earn money. He has been in foster care for 9 years. For his birthday, Lawrence would love some new athletic clothing, either a gift card to Nike or XXL size in grey or black. He would also really appreciate a gift card to QuickTrip or a fast-food restaurant.

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, we’re looking for a Birthday Buddy donor to make a $100 donation for Lawrence’s birthday gift. The Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition will purchase the gifts online and have them shipped directly to him.

MYRISSA – 16 years old in March – matched with a Buddy!
Myrissa is a bold, outgoing teenage girl. She loves to hang out with her friends whether it’s just taking a walk and talking or going to the mall. She is also is a bit obsessive over tennis shoes – they are her fashion favorite. Myrissa has been in foster care for two years. For her birthday, Myrissa would be beyond thrilled to receive gift cards to PINK, Nike or Finish Line. She also loves mink faux eyelashes and could use some new headphones.

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, we’re looking for a Birthday Buddy donor to make a $100 donation for Myrissa’s birthday gift. The Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition will purchase the gifts online and have them shipped directly to her.

AMORIE’A – 16 years old in March– matched with a Buddy!
Amorie’a is a reserved, shy teen when you first meet her. Once she knows you, she’s a chatter box with a great laugh and a huge smile! A very special girl who has been in the foster system for 4 years. For her birthday, Amorie’a would love to go shopping with a PINK gift card. She could also use a new diary/journal and loves to write in calligraphy, so a new set would be greatly appreciated.

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, we’re looking for a Birthday Buddy donor to make a $100 donation for Amorie’as birthday gift. The Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition will purchase the gifts online and have them shipped directly to her.

BYRON – 10 years old in March – matched with a Buddy!
Byron is an avid reader, who also enjoys playing video games and playing the piano.  This is Byron’s first birthday in foster care.  To make happy birthday memories for Byron, he’d be very excited to receive a Xbox, Target, or Game Stop gift card.

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, we’re looking for a Birthday Buddy donor to make a $100 donation for Byron’s birthday gift. The Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition will purchase the gifts online and have them shipped directly to him.

JACKQUAY – 16 years old in March – matched with a Buddy!
Jackquay is a funny and charming young man.  He’s into basketball in a huge way and also really enjoys playing video games. For Jackquay’s birthday, he would love to receive a gift card to Shoe Carnival to be able to purchase a new pair of athletic shoes and a Xbox gift card.

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, we’re looking for a Birthday Buddy donor to make a $100 donation for Jackquay’s birthday gift. The Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition will purchase the gifts online and have them shipped directly to him.

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 gifts from an extremely generous donation to share with another foster child who has not been matched with a Birthday Buddy.