Birthday Buddies

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, 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

AYDEN – 15 years old in May
Ayden is into wrestling – he was on the wrestling team at his old school. Ayden has a very funny personality and he enjoys video games and playing basketball.  Ayden just entered foster care about a month ago.  For his birthday, he would love hoodies or t shirts with a wrestling logo on it (men’s size large).  Like many teenage boys, Ayden is also interested in shoes. A gift card to a shoe store would make a great gift and a McDonalds or Rally’s gift card would be a special birthday treat.

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

Click here to make a donation for Ayden’s birthday.

MARIAH – 3 years old in May
Mariah loves babies and Mickey Mouse. She is very active little girl and loves to play outside. When she’s inside, drawing and coloring are her favorite activities. Great gift ideas for Mariah would be a little backpack that she could carry around some of her things, clothing in a size 4T with Mickey Mouse on it, and other age-appropriate toys.

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, we’re looking for a Birthday Buddy donor to make a $75 donation for Mariah’s birthday gift. The Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition will purchase the gifts online and have them shipped directly to her.

Click here to make a donation for Mariah’s birthday.

ALEXA – 13 years old in July
Alexa is a creative young woman who is becoming a teenager this year!  She enjoys drawing and scratch art, baking cookies, and reading all types of books.  Alexa has been in foster care for 2 years.  Nike is the theme of Alexa’s birthday wish list!  For her birthday, she would love to receive a Nike jogging suit, Nike leggings, Nike headbands, Nike jacket, or a Nike book bag. She would also enjoy receiving more drawing supplies.

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

Click here to make a donation for Alexa’s birthday.

TIMOTHY – 13 years old in July
Timothy is a very giving young man and is always trying to take care of everyone.  He likes camping, fishing, and the great outdoors. He also enjoys reading comic books.  Timothy has been in foster care for about 18 months.  As he enters his teenage years, great birthday gift ideas for Timothy are drawing pencils and pad, a journal, a basketball, comic books, Legos, and camping or fishing gear.

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

Click here to make a donation for Timothy’s birthday.

FINN – 2 years old in July
Finn is a loving, goofy, super intelligent little guy who has been in foster care for about 1 year. One of his first words was “car” and he’s absolutely obsessed with them. For his birthday – you’ve guessed it – he’d love to receive anything associated with cars. A ride on car, toy trucks, toy tractors – he’d squeal with glee to receive any of it.

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, we’re looking for a Birthday Buddy donor to make a $75 donation for Finn’s birthday gift. The Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition will purchase the gifts online and have them shipped directly to him.

Click here to make a donation for Finn’s birthday.


DOUG – 11 years old in May– matched with a Buddy!
Doug is full of energy – he love to play outside and ride his bike. He is super helper around the house and loves being a super helper to others in the home. Doug has been in foster care for about 2 years. For his birthday, Doug would love pajamas with super hero characters (boy’s size 12-14) and a pair of tennis shoes (size 6).

NEVAEH – 9 years old in May – matched with a Buddy!
Nevaeh is a super girly girl who loves pink, rainbows and unicorns. She has been in foster care for almost 4 years. For her birthday, Nevaeh is hoping to get earrings because she just got her ears pierced and is very excited about it. She would also love a Rainbocorn Surprise Egg, hair bows, dresses (size 8 slim) and shoes (size 4).

BRAYLEN – 11 years old in May – matched with a Buddy!
Once Braylen gets to know and trust you, he’ll show you his very caring and loving personality. He enjoys playing sports and drawing. Braylen has been in foster care for about 18 months. For his birthday, Braylen would love to receive Legos, 1000 piece puzzles, “army guys”, a baseball and a skateboard.

ASHTON – 14 years old in May – matched with a Buddy!
Ashton is a creative 8th grader. He loves to read, and his imagination makes him one of the best storytellers. He loves to skateboard, play football, and video games with his older brother. Ashton enjoys studying history and visiting historical places. He is a critical thinker and likes to engage in conversations that stimulates his learning. His new favorite passion is cooking, he can independently cook scrambled eggs, French toast, a fantastic taco, and even washes dishes after he cooks! Ashton has been in foster care for 6 years. For his birthday he would love to get a skateboard (any color is fine!) along with a helmet.

TATIOAN – 16 years old in May – matched with a Buddy!
Tatioan is an old soul and has a lot of interests. Recently, he told his team that he would like to be a gardener, an actor, operate big machinery, and become and entrepreneur. Tatioan works hard to learn more about the world and himself. He enjoys meeting new people and hearing about new things. He’s a great kid and we want to make sure his 16th birthday is a special one. For his birthday, Tatioan would love a boombox and CDs including Charlie Wilson, Isley Brothers, Temptations, and Stevie Wonder. He would also like a twin comforter set and would prefer the colors red or black. He would also like a gift card for either Amazon or Target if possible.

CHEYANA – 19 years old in May – matched with a Buddy!
Cheyana is a young adult who has been in foster care for 7 years. She resides in her own apartment now and works to provide for herself. She is independent and mature. Cheyana loves anime, doing her hair and make-up, and video games. Cheyana loves to dye her hair different colors and it is currently a beautiful blue! When Cheyana isn’t busy working, she loves watching movies and TV shows, especially on Netflix. She is quiet and shy when around strangers, but outgoing and talkative once she gets to know you. Cheyana’s big birthday wish is for a Nintendo Switch.

SYDNEY – 16 years old in May – matched with a Buddy!
Sydney is in several honors classes at school and gets great grades – she wants to be an engineer someday. She is very outgoing and loves to hang out at her friends’ houses. Sydney has been in foster care for about 3 years. For her sweet sixteen birthday, Sydney would love to receive makeup, earrings, a Walmart gift card and/or a gift card to Applebee’s.

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.