How to Share Your Summer Birthday

Calling All Summer Birthday Party Throwers!
Do you want to help out with Beverly’s Birthdays, but are not quite sure how you can? Not to mention, the kids have a zillion things going on in the summer to keep you busy. Baseball is in full “swing,” and just about every other activity has some sort of camp or practice that the kids need to get to every week! You may even have a summer birthday that requires some serious party planning. We know how busy parents are in the summer, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice doing those little things that matter to you!
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(photos taken from Pinterest)
Why not encourage your son or daughter to share his or her birthday? When our Founder Megs Yunn first met Beverly, the young girl who had never had a birthday party, she could not believe that she never realized it before. “I felt unbelievably humbled; I did not stop to think for a second that someone may not have ever celebrated a birthday,” says Megs. It can be equally difficult to understand for children who get to celebrate their birthdays every year. By opening your child’s heart to sharing his or her birthday, you are not only teaching a valuable lesson, but you will also witness the joy that kids feel when they realize they are doing something bigger than themselves. Like Megs, you may even be humbled yourself.
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So you love this idea, but how do you do it? The answer is very simple! When you send out your child’s birthday invitations, simply include an extra note or postcard explaining that your child wants to share his or her birthday with homeless children. On the Beverly’s Birthdays website, there is a list of items we use frequently under the “donate” tab. You can direct the other parents to the list, or you can suggest items off of the list that reflect your own child’s interests. In the sample below, the post card lists a few options of small items the birthday guests can donate. Use this post card as an example, spread birthday cheer with your kids, and most importantly, have fun! For more information on throwing a Beverly’s Birthdays celebration of your own, contact getinvolved@beverlysbirthdays.org.
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Magnificent Mondays: Everybody Loves Cake!

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Who wouldn’t want a birthday cake or cupcakes like these? For this Magnificent Monday, we are showcasing some of Autumn Bartels Homemade Sweet Treats for two reasons: To give those bakers and birthday party lovers out there some really cute ideas, and to thank Autumn for providing cupcakes for a few of our birthday celebrations recently! The kids are always blown away by her fun creations, and so are we! It’s always a blast to have a cake or cupcakes that go along with a birthday party theme. Thank you to ALL of our birthday party bakers who volunteer their time and services. We couldn’t do it without you!
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(Photos taken from Autumn’s Facebook page – check it out!)

Magnificent Mondays: Parties, cheer bins, and more parties!

HAPPY JUNE, LOVERS OF ALL THINGS CHEERFUL! We are super excited to fill you in on some of Beverly’s Birthdays’ exciting happenings over the past few weeks for this Magnificent June Monday. We recently held our first birthday celebration with Womanspace East on May 21. There was one birthday boy, and he loves Spider-Man, so a Spider-Man party is what he got! We made spider hats, created a giant spider web with string, and wrapped each other up in spider webs (toilet paper), too! Autumn Bartels Homemade Sweet Treats provided delicious red and blue spidey cupcakes and volunteers from Debiase & Levine made up our party staff! Womanspace East will be Debiase & Levine’s sponsored shelter, and we are so thankful and excited to have them working with us!

Miss Heidi from Debiase & Levine with the birthday boy!
Miss Heidi from Debiase & Levine with the birthday boy!
Miss Maria showed how to make the spider hats!
Miss Maria showed how to make the spider hats!

We also recently had volunteers from EDMC come to the Office of Birthday Cheer to assemble cheer bins! They put a total of 61 bins together! HOLY COW! Thank you EDMC!
EDMC volunteers
EDMC volunteers

On May 29th, it was time for another celebration at Sojourner House MOMS! The theme was like a fairy tale with birthday princes, princesses, and dragons! The kids decorated crowns and birthday hats to wear during the party. They made fairy tale creature crafts and played Dragon, Dragon, Princess (like Duck, Duck, Goose)! We sang “Happy Birthday” to each of the royal birthday recipients and enjoyed FABULOUS dragon cupcakes! As always, thank you to our party volunteers for helping out!
Yum!
Yum!

Birthday Princess!
Birthday Princess!

All smiles
All smiles