September LEGO


September was a stupendous month for us. Not only was it LEGO themed, but we threw 21 parties, our all-time monthly high! Thanks to Delivering Good, all of our party guests got to use their imagination, build LEGO creations at the parties, and then take home their own set of LEGOs to continue their learning through play!

lego4In other exciting news, in September we also received a new delivery of clothes from Kidsbox!

The Birthday Boutique accompanied us to 3 different parties, where birthday kiddos got to go on board and shop for a couple of new birthday outfits as well as a Bev’s Basics pack which include new socks, underwear and pajamas!

If you are out shopping on black Friday this year and see good deals on any of these items, grab some for us! We need stock of all sizes so we can continue this awesome program!

The good news keeps on coming! We are delighted to introduce to you our new Community Engagement Manager Bonnie:

Name: Bonnie Rolisonlego 5

Title: Community Engagement Manager

Office Spirit Animal: Monkey

Bonnie has worked in social services her entire life in many different capacities ranging from helping people get building materials to now celebrating birthdays! She loves going to second hand stores, hanging out with her dog Coco, and watching reality television.

If we want it, need it, can’t find it, Bonnie is our connector. Megs views her as our very own fairy godmother!

Birthday Party Activities

Create Your Own LEGO Man

lego 3We started our September parties with design your own Lego Man.


Every child got to design a Lego sheet to be whatever and whoever they wanted it to be! Some kids chose to draw their career dream person, while others used the blank slate as an opportunity to design their own fashion outfit.

LEGO Build

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The children were enraptured by their Legos. They loved the creativity potential and rose to the challenge of building new unique creations!

Aside from giving them free-build time, here are some other instruction variations we used to keep kids interested:

  • Lego tower building contest: who can build the tallest standing tower without holding it
  • Lego spoon race: use plastic spoons, and race to see which team can get the most pieces from one end of the table to another, only one piece at a time. This can be made harder by restricting how you hold the spoon (mouth, elbows only, etc)
  • Lego treasure hunt: the pieces are small. You can verify how many pieces, what colors, they must find, lego person treasure hunt, etc.

Other LEGO activities:


Check back next month to hear about our dragon and unicorn parties, new office space and NATIONAL media coverage! Also, there is still time to register for the Great Birthday Bake, a kid’s cookie baking competition. If you are interested, click here.

Thank you for your continued support! Have a wonderful October and remember #smilesmatter!

Birthday cheer,

Beverly’s Birthdays staff

July and August Parties

July Luau and August Superhero Parties


This summer has been SUPER busy for the Beverly’s Birthdays crew. We hula’d our way through our July luau themed parties, followed by some awesome August superhero parties!

I36187920_1900601729991947_2791625431256662016_nn July, our beloved Miss Kate moved on to a new adventure. As a volunteer at the very first Beverly’s Birthdays party, through her tenure with us, Kate has been an invaluable member of our team. Although we miss her dearly, we know she will continue to be a dedicated member of the birthday cheer squad!



In Kate’s absence, we have added some new members to our Beverly’s Birthdays staff. Over the next couple of posts, we will continue our cheer squad spotlight to introduce you to these new birthday superstars! First up, our intern Marie:

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Name: Marie Matt

Title: Beverly’s Birthdays Boutique Intern

Office Spirit Animal: Unicorn

Marie is currently a senior at Norwin High School. Upon graduation she will be attending Penn State where she eventually hopes to become a physician assistant. When she’s not helping to launch the Birthday Boutique, she likes going to the gym, and visiting New York City.

“My favorite birthday memory was my 8th birthday. We went to Justice, got our hair braided, and even had Justice themed cupcakes!”

Birthday Party Activities

July Luau

Make Your Own Lei


Create your own lei was our first craft of our parties in July! This set the mood of the party and got the kids excited for the luau theme!


Every child gets a string, an assortment of colors and sizes of flowers and beads, and is set free to create their own beautiful lei! The beads and holes in the flowers are quite small, so they really had to focus.



The kids went absolutely loco for limbo! We had other games planned, but most of the parties, the kids just wanted to keep playing limbo over and over again.


  • Limbo stick: this can be a broomstick, pole, a couple of leis tied together, anything really works
  • 2 people to hold the limbo stick
  • Limbo music

This game was awesome for all ages! For the younger kids we bent the rules and let them get under however they could. The older kids had to go under without touching the pole or the ground! Even some of the parents joined in, as you can see above!


Other Luau Activities:



August Superhero

img_3944.jpgDesign Your Own Superhero Masks

Step 1: Design our own superhero masks. The kids really got to show off their own style through this craft!


Superhero Cape Doorknob Hangers


Step 2: Wearing our new super sweet masks, we then created our capes!


  • Superhero Doorknob Hanger Kit
  • additional stickers (optional)

Superhero Training


Step 3: Now that we looked the part, it was time to learn how to be a superhero!


  • Tape
  • Red or green streamers

First, we did some superhero warm-ups including different stretching, jumping jacks, star jumps, etc.

Then we moved on to our laser beam challenge. We taped red streamers (laser beams) to the walls at all different levels. The kids then had to make it through without touching the laserbeams! This activity can be made more challenging by adding more laser beams, or timing the kids as they go through.


We have had lots of excitement happen already in September, with lots more to come! (hint: You may be reading the next blog on our new website!) We can’t wait to tell you about our LEGO parties! We hope you have a great last week of September and remember #smilesmatter!

Birthday cheer,

Beverly’s Birthdays staff

June Ice Cream Parties

June Parties: I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream


Our I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream parties were a sweet start to summer. June was an exciting month as we hosted our first parties with seven new agencies! We loved meeting new kids, and dumping glitter on areas of Pittsburgh we had not partied in yet!


June also saw a magical celebration for a very special little boy. We received an email from a caring teacher who hoped we could help provide birthday experience for her student who had been experiencing homelessness for most of the school year. Big thanks to Dan’s Variety Entertainment for putting on a great show including a grand finale where the birthday boy’s card showed up inside a cupcake!


Huge shoutout to our cupcake bakers this month who ran with the theme and baked these amazing treats!


This week, we are delighted to introduce you to the incredible woman behind the scenes of Beverly’s Birthdays who keeps our office running smoothly:

Ben.5Name: Tracy Mongelluzzo

Title: Office Manager

Office Spirit Animal: Owl

A Shippensburg University graduate, Tracy has been with Beverly’s Birthdays since January 2016. When she’s not keeping all of us in line, you can usually find her at the baseball field cheering on her son. With her quiet demeanor, and her enjoyment of reading and crafting, you may be shocked to discover she advanced to the competitive roller skating National Championship when she was younger! If escaping Pittsburgh, Tracy’s favorite vacation spot is the beach.

Birthday Party Activities

Ice Cream Suncatchers


A fun craft that enabled the kids to paint in a low-mess way!


Every child got to pick which ice cream suncatcher that they wanted to design. We quickly discovered placing the suncatchers on the plate before they began to paint allowed them to write their name on the plate. This enabled easier transport of the craft home, as the suncatchers weren’t dry by the time the party was over.

Play Dough

A crowd favorite for our kiddos of all ages!


Every child got to pick their favorite color of play dough as well as yellow play dough. We encouraged sharing so that everyone got numerous colors. We utilized a variety of different play dough mats to work on their counting, creativity and fine motor skills as well as different ice cream tools and prompts to keep the kids engaged and inspire creative thinking. We placed the mats in plastic sheet covers which kept the mess minimal and allowed us to save paper and reuse

Special Parties

In June we got to throw a couple of extra special parties. At our June Sto-Rox family center party, the KONA ice truck came to cool us off and provide an extra special birthday treat. My Favorite Sweet Shoppe came to our Sojourner House Mom’s party to make chocolate dipped pretzels with the kiddos. A HUGE thanks to both of these organizations for helping our kids make unforgettable birthday memories.

Other Ice Cream Activities:


Huge special shoutout to all who participated in the Rocker Classic Golf Outing In Memory of Jeff Reed! We had a blast with you all and are so incredibly grateful for all you were able to raise!

As summer heats up, check back next month to hear how our Moana/ Luau parties went. We hope you have a great rest of your July, and remember #smiles matter!

Birthday cheer,

Beverly’s Birthdays staff

May Trollapalooza

May Trollapalooza


May was an awesome party month filled with lots of singing,  dancing and a brand new baby!

This month’s baby shower theme was “Rub a Dub Dub there’s a new baby to love!” Shoutout to our cupcake queen Kendra Miller for making these adorable rubber duckie themed cupcakes!

Program manager Melissa experienced some additional unexpected excitement at our baby shower this month! For those of you who don’t know, we provide baby showers twice a year for some of our agencies that serve new/expectant moms. During these events we celebrate the expectant mothers with catered lunch from Moe’s Southwest grill, baby shower games and prizes, and everyone takes home an itty bitty bin to celebrate that first birth day of the new child! This particular shower was for participants of The Teen Elect Program  which provides services for pregnant and parent teenagers. In the middle of BINGO, one of the attendee’s water broke! Talk about a BINGO!

But, we weren’t even alluding to this new baby! A huge congratulations are in order for our Founder and fearless leader Megs Yunn, who gave birth to her fourth child in May, healthy baby Grayson Paul Yunn. Miss Megs just so happens to be our final staff spotlight this month. Check it out!

21686420_1610087945709995_7002118568080442660_nName: Megs Yunn

Title: Founder/Executive Director

Office Spirit Animal: Meerkat

Megs, a Bethel Park native, has always had a passion for service, particularly youth engagement and leadership development in underserved communities. Megs’ many titles include mother of four, Pittsburgh Magazine’s 40 under 40 recipient, wife to Mike Yunn, Children Hospital’s Champion of Hope and Healing, and countless others. Aside from being a #momboss and #cheerchampion, her favorite color is glitter, she can quote every episode of the television show Friends, and she’s recently taken up yoga!

Birthday Party Activities

Trolls Feather Craft

Trolls love to sing and dance, are very colorful, and have awesome hair! For this craft, we used feathers to recreate their awesome hairstyles.


  • Branch and Poppy coloring sheets
  • Feathers
  • Glue sticks
  • Coloring utensils

We don’t usually love to use glue at our parties because of the mess they tend to make, but this particular craft allowed us to use glue sticks with minimal clean up. The kids loved picking out their favorite color feathers! Although our original intention of the craft was for them to use the feathers for the Trolls hair, we loved seeing unique additional uses of the feathers, like as a frame, pictured above! Although there are definite benefits of teaching kids to color in between the lines, instead of stifling creativity, we also like to encourage thinking “outside the box”.

Trolls Edible Rainbow Jewelry


Another fun craft we made at our May parties was edible rainbow jewelry! These cute bracelets and necklaces are a great way to keep kids entertained during snack time. The kids loved munching while stringing the fruit loops.


  • Fruit loops
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Optional: bowls

In preparation for our parties, we filled small bowls with approximately a cup of fruit loops and pre-cut string. This allowed for easy distribution during the party and each child got to have their own bowl of fruit loops. This activity helped the kids work on their hand eye coordination, fine and gross motor skills, and was a nice take home item for the them.

Trolls Streamer Monster Game

This game got the kids up, moving, and working together to achieve a team goal. We turned on the Trolls soundtrack and finished with a singalong dance party!


  • Streamers
  • Music

This fun game had two parts. First, we asked the kid’s to get into groups of 3 or 4, and choose one person to turn into the Trolls monster. All of the groups received a couple rolls of streamers, and began working together to wrap their group’s monster until the streamers were completely unraveled.

For part 2, we played the freeze dance game. When the music starts, everyone begins dancing, including the monsters who are trying to dance out of their streamers. When the music stops, everyone has to freeze in whatever position they are currently in. This game resulted in so many laughs and great dance moves!

Other Trolls Activities

Next month, we have some extra special parties planned. Check back here to hear how our ice cream parties turn out! Don’t forget #smilesmatter.

Birthday cheer,

Beverly’s Birthdays staff

April Pirate Party

April Pirate Parties


Ahoy mateys! Blimey! We had an absolute blast at our pirate parties. The kids loved going on treasure hunts and trying to talk like a pirate. April flew by faster than normal for the Beverly’s Birthdays team and ended bitter sweetly.

The sad news:

Josh Whiteside, one of our fearless leaders for the past six years, left us to become the new Executive Director of The Education Partnership. As sad as we are to see him go, we are so proud of him and excited for his new opportunity! (It certainly helps ease the pain, that we still get to work with him through our classroom cheer kit program!)


The great news:

Josh went out with a birthday bang, executing our most successful fundraiser yet, as the cherry on top of his birthday cheer champion legacy! We celebrated our own “birthday” as an organization at our sixth annual Evening of Birthday Cheer. We partied at PNC Park and raised over $100,000 to continue fulfilling our mission of spreading birthday cheer 365 days a year in Pittsburgh! We cannot thank the attendees, sponsors, and all of you for your continued support!!

Here’s a peek at another one of our cheer champions:

17308867_1420713654647426_1487603102695349862_nName: Alyssa Rapelje

Title: Agency Relations Program Manager

Office Spirit Animal: Bee

An Ohio native, upon graduating from Allegheny College, Alyssa began working with Bev’s as a Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience (PULSE) Fellow. Outside of birthday partying, she is a youth lacrosse coach, intramural sports participant, and travel aficionado.


Birthday Party Activities

Pirate Hat

We started all of our pirate parties getting into character, by designing our own pirate hats!


This activity is a great option for all ages. The kit includes everything you need, the decorations are stickers that help young kids develop their fine motor sills and older children express their own personal style.

Pirate Eye Patch


Pirate hat: check. Next we decorated our eye patches to complete our look.


After completing their eye patches, the kids felt officially like pirates. Every pirate hopes to find their own special treasure.

Treasure Hunt


Scavenger hunts are not only fun but have many different benefits!


  • Treasure: chocolate coins, candy, small trinkets, etc.
  • Adventure space: area with lots of hiding spots
  • Optional: pirate themed clues

This activity was a hit for kids and moms alike! It got the kids up and moving, working together and practicing their teamwork, and was customizable based on the age and ability of the different groups.

Other Pirate Activities:


In other news, we are hiring! Check out the job description here, and please forward it along to anyone who might be interested! Also, if you or anyone you know likes to golf, consider playing in the Rocker Classic Golf Outing benefitting us. Check out next month’s blog to hear about out DreamWorks Trolls parties! Have a great June, and don’t forget #smilesmatter.

Birthday cheer,

Beverly’s Birthdays staff


March Emoji Mania Bash

March Emoji Mania


Our March parties were Emoji Madness!!  The kids loved this theme and had a great time acting like their favorite characters.  Also, in office. were getting really excited for our Evening of Birthday Cheer event and were finishing all of the planning and details!

In Beverly’s Birthdays’ land, March consisted of staff focusing on preparing for our biggest fundraiser, The Evening of Birthday Cheer (EOBC), which takes place in April. Meanwhile, we really had to rely on our awesome volunteers to keep up with some of our other projects. For example:

bday in a bag

♥ Youth from St. John Capistran donated and made over 100 birthday in a bags for us!

♥ 80 Mount Lebanon Girl Scouts completed 150 classroom cheer treat bags and added a homemade birthday card to each of them!


BNY Melon group

♥ A BNY Mellon volunteer group came to the office and helped us sort legos and clothes, and keep our office space organized in the midst of our event chaos.



♥As usual, our cupcake donors went above and beyond!

♥Our superstar party volunteers did a fantastic job engaging the kids, making sure everyone had a great time and that the birthday kids felt extra special.


This tiny sampling of support we received in one month is just a mere glimpse of the consistent support we garner.  It is because of you we have been able to celebrate over 30,000 Pittsburgh kids and continue to spread joy and cheer every day.  Our volunteers are the heart of our organization.  Without your generous support, we would not be able to fulfill our mission.  THANK YOU!!!

Meet the person who coordinated and made all of these volunteer projects happen:

img_3601-e1525187952147.jpgName: Kate Livingston

Title: Director of Community Engagement

Office Spirit Animal: Dolphin

Miss Kate, who has a long history with our founder Megs, volunteered at the very first Beverly’s Birthdays party!  She supported our organization and stayed involved even from afar, as she earned her Masters in Public Communication from American University.  When she’s not coordinating cupcake drop-offs or speaking about us at social events, she enjoys traveling, watching all things Bravo, and obsessing over Beyonce.

Birthday Party Activities

Emoji Accessories

We had a great time designing our own emoji bracelets and necklaces at our March parties! Check out some of our super cute models above.


  • assortment of beads (we used all different kinds including these smiley face beads)
  • string
  • Ziploc bags

We pre-filled Ziploc bags with an assortment of beads and string.  This allowed us to pass out the activity quickly and keep the beads contained.  The kids could write their names using our alphabet beads, work on identifying their colors with the rainbow beads and increase their grasping and visual motor skills.

Emoji Egg Hunt

Egg hunts are one activity that we use frequently.  It is a fun game for all because you can increase the difficulty of hiding spots depending on the age of the participants.  Also, older kids love to take on the task of hiding the eggs for the younger ones.


  • Plastic eggs
  • Candy or toy fillers
  • Sharpie

Prior to our parties,  we had some awesome volunteers stuff  our eggs with candy and draw faces on them.  At the parties, our volunteers hid the eggs.  We then sent the kids off to find them.  One tip we have found helpful is setting a number of how many each kid gets to find.  This great activity provides an opportunity for kids to express their emotions (I am sad because I can’t find a third egg or I am happy because I got chocolate).

Emoji Photo booth



The kids’ favorite part about the emoji party was acting like their favorite emoji. We danced acted silly and used props to show off.


  • emoji photobooth props ( extra activity could be making these out of coloring sheets, play dough or colored paper or foam and popsicle sticks)
  • Camera

The kids love to see themselves on camera.  They ask us to take their picture, will dance and make funny faces all without prompting.  When the kids were old enough, we would play charades, trying to get everyone to act out their favorite emoji.


Look out for our next post on our April Pirate parties!  We will also show some pictures and tell you more about our Evening of Birthday Cheer.  Don’t forget #smilesmatter

Birthday cheer,

Beverly’s Birthdays staff

February Winter Olympic Party

Olympic Parties


Let the games begin!  In tandem with the actual Winter Olympics, we had a blast competing in our own Olympic games throughout our February parties.  At these celebrations we were reminded that we all have our own unique, individual talents and we are special.

We also had a HUGE, exciting event happen in February.  For those of you who don’t know, late last year, Ms. Megs met a little girl named Becky, a youth in the foster care system.  When Becky arrived at her birthday party, she was wearing clothing that was at least two sizes too small.  Becky had been sent to a foster home the week prior, but had returned to the facility by the time of the birthday party.  For both these moves, her belongings had been packed into trash bags – and most of her possessions didn’t return in the shuffle.

From this, Megs got her inspiration for our sixth program, The Beverly’s Birthdays Boutique! This is a mobile fashion truck, which will be outfitted with new/never worn clothing, jewelry, and accessories.

In February, we were able to acquire the vehicle that will help bring this program to fruition!


As exciting as this news is, we still have a long way to go to get this program up and running.  We need to add our Beverly’s Birthdays style design and decorations to the truck, obtain the clothing and product to fill the vehicle and ensure the financial and in-kind sustainability of the boutique.  We have secured some clothing already thanks in large part to American Eagle and Delivering Good, but we still have a ways to go.  You can help us out here.  Keep a look out for updates and more information about the Beverly’s Birthdays Boutique, and thank you to those who have supported this initiative so far!

One person who will have a big hand in our truck re-vamping, is our in-resident seamstress and newest employee:

IMG_3466Name: Melissa Heid

Title: Inventory and Operations Program Manager

Office spirit animal: Flamingo

Melissa is a Pittsburgher, through and through. Although she was adopted into the Beverly’s Birthdays family in August, she has already taken over the toy shop, made it into her own personal dollhouse (fitting, as she personally collects Barbies), and continues to be a confident, courageous woman who spreads cheer and happiness on a daily basis (She was a girl scout for 13 years!). Outside of work, Melissa likes to bake and sew.  Lookout for her at your next Zumba class!

Birthday Party Activities

Opening Ceremony



To open our February parties, we paraded and danced around the room at our very own opening ceremonies!  We picked what countries we wanted to represent (sometimes made up our own and designed our own flags to go with our country), and got our bodies up and moving.


We used this opportunity to talk about our favorite sports and activities, show off our dance moves, and practice sharing and passing the torch.

Olympic Ring Toss



This fun activity helped us work on our colors and our hand eye coordination.  We started out working individually, trying to land a marshmallow in whatever color ring our referee called out. We then moved to the team event, where together we tried to land a marshmallow in each colored circle as quickly as possible!


  • Olympic rings (Can also be made with pipe cleaners)
  • Mini marshmallows

Face the Cookie Race



  • Oreos
  • faces

For this race, we placed one Oreo on every child’s forehead. They then had to move the Oreo from their forehead to their mouth, without using their hands! This was a silly fun game with guaranteed laughs and a yummy snack once the challenge was complete.

Olympic Ring (toddler activity)



As seen in previous posts, we love sorting and matching activities for our toddlers!  This provides a fun way to work on our counting and color skills as well as fine motor skills.


  • Fruit loops (can use m&ms, skittles, colored goldfish, etc)
  • Sorting sheet

Other Olympic Activities



Guess what time it is?! It’s EVENING OF BIRTHDAY CHEER time!!! You’re officially invited to Beverly’s Birthdays 6th birthday party. On Thursday April 19th, at PNC Park from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, join us to party with a purpose! All guests will enjoy with their ticket purchase unlimited ‘gourmet’ ballpark food, two drink tickets, fabulous silent and chance auctions, the ‘Build-a-Bin’ experience, and much more! Get your tickets here! Your support and attendance at An Evening of Birthday Cheer goes directly towards creating more birthday magic for children in-need. We hope to see you there!

Next month we will be discussing our emoji mania parties! Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more news and information about Beverly’s Birthdays!! Don’t forget #smilesmatter.

Birthday cheer,

Beverly’s Birthdays staff

January Art Parties

Art Parties


Beverly’s Birthdays put the art in party to kick off the new year!  The art party theme unleashed the kids’ creativity and brought some bright colors and joy to the long, grey January days.

A new feature we are going to include in these monthly blogs is a Beverly’s Birthdays spotlight highlighting a member of the Beverly’s Birthdays cheer squad. We are going to start with our Beverly’s Birthdays employee family. First up is our newest recruit:

IMG_2893_previewName: Mallory Michalko

Title: Greatest Intern in the World

Office spirit animal: Panda Bear

Mallory is from Philadelphia, PA and currently attends University of Pittsburgh for Applied Developmental Psychology.  In her free time, she likes to volunteer at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, bake chocolate chip cookies, and watch reality television.

“For my third birthday we went to Disney World and we ate breakfast with Cinderella. Since then, I have loved anything and everything Disney, and that is my favorite birthday memory.”

Birthday Party Activities

Paint Your Own Canvas


For one of our January activities, we creatively engaged our kids by providing them their own canvas to paint. This not only allowed them to use their imagination to transform a blank slate into something magical, but also had the additional benefit of being a great take home favor from the party.


  • Canvases
  • Paint
  • Paint Brushes,
  • Napkins/paper towels
  • Plates
  • Water Cups

We placed a variety of different paint colors on the plates and filled the water cups. Every child received a paint brush, blank canvas, and napkin. They shared the paint plates and water cups to make their unique creations.

Create- a – Crown

For this fun activity, we got to wear our completed craft on our heads for the remainder of the party.  Peeling the backs off the stickers helps facilitate the toddlers’ neat pincer grasp development and bilateral hand coordination.


Every child got to choose what color crown they wanted. We placed all of the different sticker sheets in the middle of the table, and let them decorate away.  These particular crown kit stickers were in different shapes which provided a fun teaching/learning moment for the party attendees.  This activity also helped us work on our sharing skills, as we were sharing the sticker sheets.

Fruit Loop Color Sort Game


We worked on our colors, counting and sorting skills for this game.  This activity not only physically enhances a child’s fine motor skills, but is also a beneficial cognitive development activity because the kids’ must identify and then classify objects based on similar or different characteristics.


Every child received a bowl of fruit loops and a sorting mat. They then placed the color fruit loop on the matching colored circle on their sorting mat.  Once they got the hang of that, we worked on counting how many fruit loops we had of each color.  As a prize for doing such a great job, we got to eat our fruit loops when we were all done!

Lots of excitement happening in February. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more news and information about Beverly’s Birthdays!! Don’t forget #smilesmatter.

Birthday cheer,

Beverly’s Birthdays staff

Elf December

Elf December


What a year 2017 turned out to be! We expanded our reach to new agencies in Pittsburgh, added additional staff members to our Beverly’s Birthdays family, received national exposure through numerous different media projects (including an NBC Nightly News spotlight!), and most importantly, we helped celebrate a bunch of deserving kids and let them know that they matter!

December was a huge donation drive month for us. Numerous organizations collected toys and party supplies on our behalf.

  • Negative: Our toy shop was looking barren heading into the holiday season. Think toy shop drought!IMG_3110
  • Positive: The shelves were so empty because we provided more presents last year than any other year before! As a sneak peak of our impact this past year, in 2016 we celebrated the births of 250 babies through our Itty Bitty Birthday Cheer program. In 2017 we celebrated 442 newborn babies!!

We not only achieved all of our 2017 programmatic goals, we blew them out of the water. Plus, thanks to these collections, our toy stock has been replenished enabling us to continue to provide awesome presents to our deserving kids!   This was possible all because of your support. Look out for our annual report in the near future to learn more about how many people we serviced and in what ways.

CCChampion Camden and the presents he wrapped for Beverly’s Birthdays along with the birthday card he hand-made.

One of our favorite projects that happened throughout November and December was the Miracle on Smithfield Street campaign. We teamed up with CCChampions for a holiday donation drive. CCChampions is another local nonprofit that matches kids with cancer with an inspirational role model who supports them through all the transitions of the cancer journey. With support from The Grable Foundation, we invited downtown businesses to donate to our cause. The CCChampion kids then used the donations to purchase and wrap gifts for our Beverly’s Birthdays kids. We love seeing kids helping other kids and feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to work with two other amazing organizations! A special thanks to the Grable Foundation and the Burke Foundations for matching donations.

In other exciting news, we received our first shipment from Delivering Good. Throughout 2018, Delivering Good will provide us with a plethora of in-kind donations of an assortment of different products. In our first shipment, we received 36 pallets of legos… 36 PALLETS!! If this is any indication, we cannot wait to see what is in store in the coming year,

Birthday Party Activities

Elf Hats


In December we got to design our own elf hats! This was an awesome creative outlet that allowed us to express our own unique style.


Everyone received a foam hat cut-out, fastener, and an assortment of stickers. They then got to decorate however they wanted! Some kids chose to write their name while others completely covered their hats with no foam showing through.


We also got to make these super cute elf ornaments. Upon completing his, one of our birthday boys, Jay, informed us he would be hanging his on his bedroom doorknob.


The kids got to choose which elf they wanted to make. They then put together their elf, and wrote their name on the back with the Sharpie so everyone knew who’s elf belonged to who.

Additional Activities

Other News

  • Big thanks to our Champions of Cheer who created and implemented awesome projects to benefit Beverly’s Birthdays. We look forward to honoring these little champions at our annual luncheon on Saturday, January 20th.
  • There are still open volunteer opportunities for parties in January! Check out what’s available here.
  • Save the date! More information to come..
    • Evening of Birthday Cheer- April 19
    • Highmark Walk- May 12

Happy New Year to all! Here are some final thoughts on 2017 from our Founder and Co-Director Megs:

As we embark on a new year of spreading birthday cheer I just want to personally thank ALL OF YOU for the love, kindness, and support you continue to show us each and every year.

As I reflect on 2017 I can’t help but think of something my son Wyatt said – he said we should all “have a happy heart”.

I like to think that what we are doing each day, by spreading birthday cheer, is giving thousands of children and families the opportunity to have a piece of happiness in their heart. This is what matters – this is the hope, joy, and comfort these children deserve.

It is hard to believe that we have been doing this for 6 years and I am so excited to see what 2018 can bring.

It is a privilege, honor, and joy to wear the Cheer Captain hat and I thank all of you for believing that #smilesmatter

Gratefully yours,

Ms. Megs