The Key to Corporate Giving

There is a question we are asked daily when talking to people about what we do: How can I get involved? While there are countless ways to help our cause individually, one of our biggest contributors are corporations. It is possible for companies to either donate money or get employees involved.

Employee Involvement

One of the most popular ways we encourage employee involvement is in-kind donation drives. At Beverly’s, we always have a list of things we need to bring a smile to a child’s face. So what exactly do we need? Below is a list of items perfect for in-kind donation drives.

All items need to be new and unopened. We cannot accept any items that contain nuts or peanut butter due to allergies.

  • Target, Wal-Mart Gift Cards
  • Juice Boxes/Capri Suns
  • Individually Wrapped Snack/Movie Theatre Size Candy
  • Novelty Candy (Ex: Pez)
  • Teen & Young Girl Hair Accessories (Headbands, bows, ribbons)
  • Teen Beauty Accessories (Nail Polish, Lip Gloss, Body Spray, Body Lotion)
  • Stocking stuffer size toys appropriate for girls 4-9 (i.e.- Barbie, Dora, My Little Ponies, Hello Kitty, Lisa Frank, etc.)
  • Stocking stuffer size toys appropriate for boys 4-9 (i.e. – Superheroes, Cars, Dinosaurs, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
  • Stocking stuffer size toys appropriate for boys 10-14
  • Baseball Caps

Beverly’s Birthdays is also piloting in a new program, Classroom Cheer. We will be providing birthday treat bags to local school districts so that children have a birthday treat to give to their peers on their special day. These treat bags will include any of the following items:

  • Snack size animal crackers, individual bags of pre-popped popcorn, and/or pretzel
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  • Juice Box
  • Small piece of candy
  • Birthday toy trinket

We recently partnered with PNC to put together over 600 treat bags for classroom cheer. Thank you PNC! This event is a great way to encourage employee participation and donation.

We also have a partnership with the Greater Pittsburgh Food bank, Good Samaritan care program of Washington County, and Feed my Sheep food cupboard located in Butler County to provide Birthday in a Bag.  We provide pre-assembled bags filled with all of the necessary items to host a small birthday celebration.  The bags are distributed throughout the region for low-income families in need. The items listed below are collected to fill our birthday bags:

  • Candles
  • Cake Mix
  • Icing
  • A set of birthday tableware (napkins, cups, tablecloth, plates, cutlery)

IMG_4938Alcoa held an employee event to help us with our Food Bank donations. Previous to the event, there were boxes stationed throughout the building to collect the items listed above. We then teamed up to put the bags together and deliver them to the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank. Over 150 bags were put together for the cause! Thank you Alcoa!

Company Contributions

We all know that sometimes there just isn’t enough time in a day to hold an employee volunteer event, so why not donate money? We have several ways to contribute to Beverly’s parties. Corporate Cheer for a Year allows a company to “adopt” a shelter which will provide presents and parties for an entire year by donating $3000. 100 Birthday Smiles is a $1500 donation which can provide presents for 100 homeless children. A $500 donation is called Two Times the Birthday Fun and contributes to two Beverly’s Birthdays celebrations.  A Month of Birthday Cheer, a donation of $250, will allow a company to sponsor one birthday celebration.

These are just a few of the many ways your company can contribute to Beverly’s Birthdays. Do you like our mission?  Consider supporting Beverly’s Birthdays for your next corporate community outreach project. Please contact Michelle, our program and volunteer coordinator, at MMesser@beverlysbirthday.org for additional information.

 

Heading to the Wild Wild West!

We kicked off fall by bringing in the Cowboys and Indians! There’s a new sheriff in town, so hold on to your horses while we show you how to have a western bash for your child’s next birthday party! The little sheriffs have a lot to look forward to…

We started this party off with Domino’s pizza from the Southside location at 511 East Carson Street. Help us repay them for their generosity with your business! from our awesome sponsor! The parties always start off with pizza because it isn’t a party until you have pizza!

Wild West Magic Scratch Ornament

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The Wild West Magic Scratch ornaments were ordered from The Oriental Trading Company. The ornaments came in a variety of western themed shapes including boots, cactuses, & sheriff badges. Included with ornaments are a string for hanging and a scratching stick for each shape. This is a great activity for children of all ages. The kids used the included scratch stitches to scratch off the black top coat and reveal an array of colors underneath. No child was too old to scratch off magic!

Sheriff Badges

The sheriff badges are easy to make and the kids enjoyed designing their special badge. Templates for sheriff badges are available on outerwear. Simply find an outline of a sheriff badge online, trace or print the badge on construction paper (typically, yellow is used) and cut the badges out. We made sure to have the badges already cut out before the party as the cutting can be tedious for younger children. Markers, glitter pens, and stickers were used to decorate the badges to display each child’s name. These were a great craft in place of name tags! A piece of two way stick tape was used to make them stick the child’s shirt. Safety pins may also be used.

• Yellow construction paper
• Sheriff badges cutout
• Markers

Paper Bag Sheriff Vests

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Paper bags can be bought at any local grocery store for around $.05 so this is a super cheap craft idea for anyone on a budget! Simply cut the bags down the middle of one side to resemble a vest. Then cut out two holes on each side for the arms and a circle at the top of the bag for the neckline. Markers, glitter pens, stickers, metal fasteners, and the previously made sheriff badges can be used to create the vests. We also cut the bottom of the bag in small long slits to resemble fringe! A little fringe gives everything a western feel! Yee-haw!!

• Large paper bags
• Scissors
• Markers

Cactus Hand Print

This craft can get a bit messy but it brings out the kids creativity. The kids dip their hands in green paint and can then decorate their own desert scene. We used red tissue paper to decorate the flower part of the cactuses. We encourage you to have wet wipes near by for an easier clean up!
• Construction paper
• Green paint
• Black pen
• Stickers
• Tissue Paper

Indian Headbands

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You can’t have cowboys without Indians! Start with black poster board cut into strips. The best way to secure the size of the headband is to hold the strip around the childs head to measure, then use a stapler to hold the band together. Tape is also an option. The kids can then use feathers to decorate their headpiece to resemble an Indian chief!

• Black posterboard
• Scissors
• Stapler
• Feathers

Rodeo Round-up

The rodeo round-up game uses minimal preparation with maximum fun. Using three hula hoops and 9 ballons (3 colors and 3 of each color), the kids must round up one of each color into their “stable”. This game is suitable for children of all ages and helps to get out the Cowboys and Cowgirls extra energy! Using a single color of balloon and simply placing them all in one hula hoop is a great variation of this game to make it less challenging for younger ages children.

• Hula Hoops – 3
• Balloons – 3 colors, 3 of each color
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Bottle Ring Toss

This game is fun and easy! This game resembles the ring toss from the fair. Take five glass bottles place them in a triangle shape- 3 in the first row, 2 in the second row, and 1 in the last row. Kids can use rings (we used plastic bangle bracelets) to toss and try to hook them on to the bottles. Want to make the game western themed? Paint the bottles with a cow print and use rings wrapped with twine.

• Glass bottles
• Rings

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