Pledge Your Birthday

***This blog post is featured over on Little Hands Can! As a momma to three I spend lots of time planning their birthday celebrations. They love to help me pick out a theme, colors, games and more. We make a treats menu and make themed party favors. Birthday celebrations are a big deal in our house! My children’s birthdays also provides a memorable teaching moment, my kiddos are fortunate to have a party and receive many gifts however many children are not.

One in five children are fighting homelessness here in the United States and one in five lack access to adequate food. When these parents have to choose between food and shelter or a birthday party they always have to choose the basic needs. However a birthday party provides a child confidence, self-esteem, joy and hope they may not otherwise get throughout the year.

For my kiddos and I we love pledging our birthday to Box of Balloons. Box of Balloons is a national nonprofit providing birthday parties to children in need. They put everything needed for a celebration into a box and give it to the child’s parents or caregivers, they then can throw their child a memorable birthday party! It is a small act of kindness that can change not only a child’s but an entire family’s day and year.

This past month my oldest son turned ten so we pledged his birthday and chose to become the party planners. Our local Box of Balloons chapter gave us a birthday request, it was a unicorn themed request for an eight year old girl who is in need and otherwise would not get to celebrate her birthday. Trexen, my son, and I purchased tableware, decorations, a unicorn pinata and more.