Birthday Wishes (May 29)

Ever wish birthdays came more than once a year? This may help. Gather friends to fill birthday bags, which parents living in poverty can give their children on their special day. Ask each friend to bring about 20 small, inexpensive, new toys for kids ages 3-12, and have someone supply gift bags and ribbon. [Read more…] Bag assembly can be a fun, meaningful project for any gathering -- reunions, picnics, family get-togethers. Cheerful Givers provides ideas for what to include in the bags. Deliver the bags to your local food pantry. Find it by calling 2-1-1 (the human services hotline) if available in your area. Or click here to find your local food bank, which can direct you to your nearest food pantry.

 Talk to your child:

  • Why is it fun to help children celebrate their birthdays?
  • What do you think is the best part of having a birthday?

Book to share: Happy Birthday to You, You Belong in a Zoo (Gilbert and Friends) by Diane deGroat. Ages 4-8. A young opossum figures out the perfect way to get back at the mean kid in his class on his birthday. Luckily his mom saves him from himself, and he learns a lesson in generosity.