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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Welcome to the Jungle!

safaricupcakes The jungle took over Beverly’s Birthdays in August with some awesome safari themed parties. The little explorers set off to hunt down animals with their homemade binoculars. Eat n’Park, our newest corporate sponsor, helped conquer the jungle at East End with our brave explorers!

The games and crafts for the safari party are easy to do and appropriate for all ages. The kids were able to use the crafts they created in the games they participated in at the end of the party.

 

Explorer Binoculars

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  • 2 toilet paper rolls (you can buy colored ones at Michael’s)
  • Hole puncher
  • String
  • Markers
  • Glitter glue
  • Stapler and/or tape

We suggest that the bincoulars are put together before the party begins. Simply staple or tape two toilet paper rolls together, punch a hole on the outside of each and tie some strings to help them hang around your neck! The kids can use whatever they want to decorate their own pair for their safari adventure.

Parrot Puppet

  • Red paper bags
  • Pre-cut paper feathers (varied construction paper)
  • Pre-cut beak pieces (orange construction paper)
  • Pre-cut feet pieces (orange construction paper)
  • Feathers
  • Google eyes
  • Markers
  • Rhinestones
  • Craft bond glue sticks

This craft involves some preparation! The feathers, beaks and feet all are easier when cut before the party. Children are able to pick out feathers, add color, and decorate their parrot with google eyes.

Elephant Hat

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This craft was bought on Oriental Trading and everything is included in the pack. The kids loved being able to wear these around the party!

Monkey Masks

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  • Small paper plates
  • Pre-cut brown circle (same size as plate, brown construction paper)
  • Pre-cut tan medium ovals for mouth (construction paper)
  • Pre-cut small tan cirlces for ears (construction paper)
  • White figure eight cut out for eyes (construction paper)
  • Google eyes
  • Craft bond glue sticks
  • Popsicle Stick
  • Black Marker

Starting the party off with everything pre-cut is a great idea for this craft. Even laying out all the peices for one mask at each chair setting will help. Also, we suggest gluing/taping the popsicle stick to the paper plate prior to the party. The picture to the right shows an example of what a final mask should look like (minus the elephant ears hidiing behind it!)

Turtle Shells

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  • Green posterboard
  • Green Ribbon
  • Markers

The kids LOVED these turtle shells, especially the boys. This craft is easy to pre-assemble and fun to decoarate. As you can see from the picture, decorating them as Ninja Turtle shells were the popular thing to do.

Safari Hunt

This is where those homemade binoculars come in! This game is super easy to create.  When you think of making this game, envision a bingo board.  The cards for this game will look the same and you will want to print off each picture as you would do in creating the bingo game. Put several different types of animal that would find in the jungle on your card.  You will use the printed off pictures to hide around the party area.   Each child should have their own bingo card to cross off animals as they find them. Remind each child to put the animal back in its place so other children have the opportunity to find it as well. The first child that finds all the hidden animals, wins! This is a great game for younger children to pair up with an adult and hunt together. Let the hunt begin!

Pin the Cupcake on the… Alligator?

Just like the classic game of pin the tail on the donkey just instead you want to feed the hungry alligator! Those alligators have more than just one sweet tooth! This game can be found at Target.

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Bird Seed Relay

  • 4 cups
  • 2 spoons
  • Bird seed

This game is fun and involves teamwork! Form two teams and fill two cups with bird seed. Set the remaining two cups a few feet away from the filled cups. Now, the goal is for teams to get all the bird seed from the filled cup to the other. It isn’t the first team done that wins, it is whichever team has the most bird seed in the cup at the end. Ready… set… go!

Thank you to all of our amazing volunteers for helping us out with these parties! We couldn’t do it with out you : )

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Precious, Precious Princesses

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                                             Princesses for a Purpose

 

Beverly’s Birthdays is very lucky to not only have the support of the community, but businesses in the community.  When businesses outreach to us, we are able to reach more children in need.  Y-O-U are what helps our mission statement become an action.  With that being said, we owe a HUGE THANK YOU to Bella Capelli Beauty Academy- Monroeville who is our fairy godmother in this Cinderella story. They made this event a possibility.  We truly appreciate the time and talent donated by your students.  They helped make every little girl feel special and like a princess for the day.
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 Party Details & Elements

Our princess event turned out princess perfect! This party would work great for your next little girl’s birthday party or fun girls’ slumber party! Be the hostess with the mostest and throw a party fit for a princess! The following includes the details and elements to recreate a princess party:

  • Princess theme cupcakes
  • Princess plates & napkins, pink tablecloths, purple juices
  • Crowns, Wands, & Party Favor Bags-ring pop, princess fruit snacks, candy necklaces, princess jewelry, royal word search
  • Create your own headband
  • Hand print Castle
  • Edible Princess Jewelry
  • Hair & nails
  • Princess Story Corner

Nothing says princess party like having princesses in attendance of the ball! We invited all guests to dress up like their favorite princess. It was priceless to the faces of our little princesses when they realized our special guests were Cinderella, Belle, Pocahontas, Ariel, & Merida! We were very lucky to have the help and support of FX Face Painting & Fairtytale Princess Parties, Pittsburgh. We encourage you to follow their Facebook Page and consider having them as entertainment at your next party. They were amazing with all our little princesses and made the event extra special! We are very EXCITED to announce we are their benefactor of choice! We are very gracious for this honor. A portion of every party, FX Face Painting & Fairytale Princess Parties, Pittsburgh, will go to Beverly’s Birthdays. How thoughtful and generous just like a princess from a fairytale!


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                             PRINCESS CAKE & CUPCAKES
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The color scheme used for this party was pretty pinks.  The cupcakes had a cute detail of ruffled butter cream frosting to resemble the different princesses dresses.  Corresponding princesses were placed on top of the cupcakes with included fondant details to match the princess character.  The cupcakes had a surprise filling of custard.  The aroma of sweet frosting permeated the room drawing a very eager crowd of princesses with a sweet tooth!  THANK YOU to Sue McLaughlin for providing the delicious sweet treats for this event!  Her work is always amazing.

Are you interested in getting involved with Beverly’s Birthdays?  Consider throwing your next child’s birthday in honor of Beverly’s Birthdays.  Do your kids have too many toys?! Ask guests to bring a gift for a homeless child in lieu of gifts for the birthday boy/girl.  For more information regarding making Beverly’s Birthdays the benefactor of your next birthday party contact our Program Coordinator at MMesser@Beverlysbirthdays.org.

We would love to hear your creative craft and game ideas for our next homeless shelter party.  We throw an average of 8 parties a month so we can always use cute ideas!

We’d like to finish by saying THANK YOU to all the princesses and their queens(moms) for sharing your Sunday with us.  We hope you had a royal day getting pampered.  You deserve it! Your support helps us make more at risk youth’s happy endings come true.

When we instill the value of service in our youth, we will create individuals who like the person in the mirror staring back at them.


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Out of their World

alien cupcakes May was an awesome party month for Beverly’s Birthdays filled with
0-U-T-E-R S-P-A-C-E  themed parties . We blasted off with our astronauts on a journey through the unknown.  Hold on to your seat as we share our Spacetacular crafts and activities so you can recreate an out of this world party for you child’s next birthday!  3-2-1……BLAST OFF!!!!

We started our parties this month with games outside first so our very excited high energy astronauts wouldn’t cause another Big Bang when we squeezed them all inside.  The games we created this month were appropriate for all age ranges, with the little ones being provided assistance by an adult. Explore the games below and the items needed.

Saturn’s Rings Bean Bag Toss
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    -Bean Bags

Using the side-walk chalk, draw one large circle.  Using another color draw a smaller circle inside the large circle.  Lastly, choose another new color and draw a small circle within the last circle you drew.  The circles represent Saturn’s rings.  Your drawing should look similar to the picture on the right.  Have kids line up 10-15 feet behind Saturn.  Allow each child to make three tosses with the bean bags.  After the child has dropped all three bean bags total their score.  The inside circle is 3 points, middle circle 2 points, and the outer circle point is 1.  The child with the most points wins!

Hot Rock
     -Aluminum Foil
   – Styrofoam Ball (Purchased at a craft store)

Cover the Styrofoam ball with the aluminum foil so that the Styrofoam is no longer showing.  This game is appropriate for smaller space cadets.  Have the children sit in a circle and pass the rock around until you say METEOR.  The person who is holding the rock when you yell METEOR is out.  Make the circle smaller each time a person is out.  The last person sitting wins!  This is came is similar to hot potato.

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Rocket Launch
     -Kit was purchased with rocket and launcher in box from Toy Section at Target.

The rocket is attached to the clear tube.  Kids step on the pump to launch rocket into the air.  We had children each take a turn launching the rocket.  The other astronauts try catching the rocket ship as it descends back to Earth.

Gravity Free Grub
    -Donuts
    -String

We created this game to simulate what it is like to eat in space where there is zero gravity.  First, we tied the donuts to the string.  Make sure to cut the string extra long so you can hang it.  The easiest cleanest place to do this activity is from a tree outside.  Make sure to cudonutt the strings depending on the child’s height.  It should reach their mouth.  Now for the fun part!  Have children put their hands behind their backs and eat the donut.  This is a great game for action shots so get those cameras ready! You will want to capture these cute cadets!

If you have a larger group of children, we encourage breaking them up into smaller groups.  Have the games as stations with an adult per each game.  When breaking up into groups, try to keep the same aged children together so the skill level is similar.

Defying the outside black hole, our space troopers made it back inside to the spacecraft…

Make your own flying saucer
    –Hot glue gun
    -Easter Eggsplanets
    -CDs
    -Glitter pens
-Alien Stickers

A little preparation goes into this craft.  Before the party, an adult should create UFOs.  Separate the Easter eggs into halves.  Using the glue gun, glue each side of the half egg to the top and bottom of the cd.  They should look like the picture to the right.  We provided the cadets with glitter glue and stickers to use their NASA skills to create their vision of what a UFO might look like.  This is a great craft for children of all ages!

Create a Planet
Coffee Filter
    -Washable Marker
    -Water Spritz bottle

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Using the markers provided, the children can color on their coffee filters so create the designs they see when viewing the planets through a telescope.  After the coloring is complete, set the coffee filter on a paper plate.  Let your little astronaut spray it with water until the colors bleed into each other creating a marbled color effect similar to those seen on the planets!

 

Sand Art Space Mural
    -Kit purchased off Oriental Trading (includes sticky pictures andspace_sand_art individual colors of sand)

This craft takes more time than the others and is suitable for older children.  It can also get messy with the sand so it is advised that this activity be done at an outdoor table.

Astronaut Helmets
    -Paper Plates
    -Multiple colors of construction paper
    -Popsicle sticks

This activity involves some prep.  Prior to the party, cut out half of the inside of a paper plate.  Glue a popsicle stick on one side so it may be used as a handle to the mask.  We also pre-cut the little pieces using stencil punchers.  We put all the materials on the tables and let the children pick out the shapes and colors they liked for their astronaut helmet.  Glue sticks were used to place the pieces on the paper plates.  This craft is appropriate for all ages!  Now your space cadets have the helmet to be a real astronaut.  They can shoot for their dreams long after the party is over!

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Build an Alien
Magic Model

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Each child was given a small piece of model magic in 5 various colors.  Let the children work with the clay to create an alien! Let them use their imaginations!  This is great for sensory play for the little ones.  Model sand can be placed in aluminum bins  where children can play with the modeling sand similar to a sand box.

We incorporated our theme throughout the party into our decor, party favors, and cupcakes. For this month’s party favor, we treated our astronauts to a sweet treat real NASA space cadets enjoy when in space…ASTRONAUT ICE CREAM!  The ice cream went perfect with these cupcakes solarstellar cupcakes!!  Even our armature bakers out their could shoot for the moon and make these! They were created by one of our talented bakers, Brittany Pruchnicki, using a sucker and a peach ring to resemble Saturn.  Brittany has a non-profit organization in the Pittsburgh area called Birthday Cakes 4 Free.  She provides birthdays cakes, free of charge, to financially or socially disadvantaged children on their special day.  Be sure to check out her Facebook page for more amazing cake ideas!

This month’s parties were a complete blast.  We wouldn’t have been able to put them on without the help of our amazing volunteers.  THANK YOU for all your help.  You are making this universe a better place.  We feel extremely lucky to be able to take these less fortunate children out of their worlds, even if it is only for 2 hours.  By showing an interest in their lives, we hope to teach them to reach for the stars.

 

 

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Guidance Providing Society

Guidance Providing Society

Last week, while dutifully spending my daily, very committed, hour to Facebook, I came across a video on the Elephant Journals feed. I watched the video last week but it has been stuck in my mind since. Maybe it is due to the fact we work with homeless children on a weekly basis. Whatever the reason- I was moved

I strongly encourage you to watch the film.  It is an inspiring, beautiful story that should be shared.  It helps me to remember that despite there being bad in this world there is also good

Shalla Monteiro who took the time to befriend a homeless man, Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho , showed true courage and warm hearted kindness for this man.  She had the courage to step back from societies conforming ideals.  How many people would take the time out of their day to talk to someone who is considered below them on societies economic ladder and Homeless Manappears to have absolutely nothing to offer them??  Time is money in today’s world and I think many of us wouldn’t have stopped to share precious minutes with this homeless man.  Do I think we are unkind?  No.  The world is full of kind, generous people but due to the stigma placed around homeless people, we are afraid to even acknowledge or interact with someone who lives on the streets.  What we forget is that man and/or woman on the street is a person.  A person with talents and a story to share.

Every person has a story…a past that has gotten them to where they are at this Homelessman and womanpresent moment.  Some people’s paths may seem very windy with a lot of dead ends.  They may have taken some wrong turns that led them to the road they are on now.  Just because we hit one road block doesn’t mean there isn’t another route.  Although if we are in an unfamiliar area, we may need assistance.  We need guided by someone or something that is familiar with that territory.  We depend on and trust our GPS to take us everywhere in life.  Why do we put our confidence in technology but not each other?

The example of being lost is very applicable to life.  Instead of relying on a GPS to tell us the turn by turns, what if as a society we offer guidance to each other in life?  Our paths might not be known or traveled by us however, a stranger may have had a similar struggle and can offer guidance out of the dead end.  None of us have the exact same life but two people may have traveled down  similar paths at one time.  You may have taken the right turn and they took the wrong turn…

As an organization, we get to work with children who have megshomelessyouthended up on a windy road due to the circumstances that life has presented them in.  Without guidance, these children are headed for an arduous road ahead.  If they are lucky they will meet someone like Shalla Monteiro who will help put their path on track.  Lost children may become lost men and women. 

The statistics on homeless youth are heart-breaking:

  1. The percentage of homeless youth in the United States has increased by 10% in the last year.

  2. There are a reported 1.1 million children homeless children in the United States.  Many cases go under the radar and are not included in this astounding number.

  3. In Pennsylvania, there were 19,905 youth reported homeless in 2013.

  4. There are 2500 homeless children reported in Allegheny County.

  5. Within Allegheny County there are 27 homeless shelters.

  6. Homeless children are 60% more likely to drop out of school.

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Guiding our homelessness youth to choose different routes for their future is instrumental in decreasing the chance of them being homeless adults. WE all have something to share to help others.  Instead of making assumptions about one another; Get to know each other. We might just learn something that helps us through this never ending road we call life.  We need to stop judging and start helping.  Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho has a story that got him to the point of homelessness.  Maybe his situation could have been prevented had someone taken the time to see him as a person sooner.  As a society wouldn’t you say we get multiple chances in love, friendship, health, employment- in LIFE?   Let’s take a chance just as Shalla Monteiro did.  We may uncover a beautiful story or help someone reach their final destination that took a wrong turn somewhere along their journey. 

Did you enjoy this blog?  Please comment and share this story with others. For opportunities to get involved with homeless youth in the Pittsburgh area e-mail our Volunteer and Program Coordinator, Michelle Messer, at MMesser@beverlysbirthdays.org.  To learn more about Beverly’s Birthdays visit our website www.beverlysbirthdays.org.

 

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Our Hometwon Hero, MEGS!

Hometown HeroesBeverly’s Birthdays would like to congratulate our Hometown Hero, Ms. Megs!  Megs was accompanied to the dinner by her husband- Mike, parents, team-Josh and Michelle, and Mike Harding at the event on Thursday, March 6th.  It was an exciting evening that celebrated Megs as a hero in the Pittsburgh community. Image

Many people have different definitions of the word hero.  Megs is a true hero in the eyes of everyone who know her.  Her commitment to helping others is a true inspiration.  She is devoted to helping the homeless youth in the Pittsburgh region and she continues to expand her non-profit all while growing her own family.  Megs is admired not only by young boys and girls in elementary school but also by high school and college student groups that she speaks to about her non-profit and mission to help homeless children and their families.  Megs is a positive role model that kids can aspire to become.  Megs is a genuine person that is making a large impact on PittsburghImage.

Megs would love to reach even more children than she already has touched.  She has BIG plans for the future of Beverly’s Birthdays and hopes to give even more birthdays to children this year than she celebrated last year.  This year alone she has already given 86 children cheer bins! 

Let’s help Megs reach even more children and families this year! Meg’s greatly admires all the life changing things ImageEllen does and would secretly LOVE to be on her show!    If you have been touched by Meg’s story help us get her on the Ellen Show!! Simply go to this link- http://www.ellentv.com/be-on-the-show/838 and tell Ellen the many reasons why Megs deserves to hear from her!  Let’s help this dream become a reality!

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Beverly’s Birthdays would like to welcome our new intern, Jade Leitzel.  We are very excited to have her as part of our Beverly’s Birthdays Team!  Jade is a student at Duquense University and will be helping us with social media, parties, and events.  Look for her blogs in the near future!  Welcome Jade!!

Do you believe in Magic?

Beverly’s Birthdays had another busy week of successful parties!  If you aren’t familiar with Beverly’s parties, here is what a typical Bev’s party includes.  First, we start off feeding the hungry, hungry children with pizza.  Everyone knows it isn’t a party without pizza!Smilepizza  After pizza, the fun transpires with games and crafts that incorporate our theme.  This week’s theme was MAGIC! The kids created magician top hats and bunny picture magnets. craftcollage The children were extremely lucky at this party because in place of games, we had a real magician- Weird Eric!  The East End Ministry group of kids were mesmerized and thoroughly enjoyed themselvesmesmorizedbymagician.  Arms raised fast with an eagerness to participate when Weird Eric asked for the audiences involvement.  The last element to a Beverly’s party is signing the traditional song, HAPPY BIRTHDAY and cupcakes!

At a glance, it might seem like Beverly’s Birthdays puts on a party that creates one happy moment in these underprivileged kids’ lives.  The happiness we create may seem short lived because despite our joyous celebrations, these children are still going through arduous situations.  The hard reality is as soon as our hour with them is over and they walk out the doors, life is still waiting for them.  Yes, we create short-term happiness by throwing birthday parties and giving them a cheer bin on their birthday but if you delve a little deeper, you will see we are throwing much more than a party.  We are giving them a sense of normalcy in their chaotic world.  Many of their classmates have celebrated every single birthday, as they should.  Our dBarry&Kellyay of birth is a special day, once a year, to celebrate our life.  Unfortunately, the kids we serve haven’t gotten to celebrate every year of their life.  Our parties give them an experience they can share among their friends.  Another intangible item we believe the children of Beverly’s gain from our celebrations is love.  We have amazing volunteers that just don’t make crafts with the kids but divulge in meaningful conversation.  They show an interest in how their day was.  It is heartbreaking, but many these children aren’t receiving love and attention every day.  Every child deserves to feel important.  The kids we serve gain confidence and feel worth because of the attention Beverly’s Birthdays party staff gives them.  Positive encouragement is a large component of Bev’s parties because all children need to hear words of praise.  MegsbowlingThe last underlying lesson gained at a party is respect.  Miss Megs starts off every party with the familiar Aretha Franklin song, “R-E-S-P-E-C-T.”  We tell the children in order to get respect you must give it.  Bevs is giving the kids much more than birthday cheer.  By showing them love and respect we give them a confidence they  otherwise lack in their lives.  In turn, the kids show us a great appreciation.  They are the most grateful kids despite receiving, what some might say is the short end of the stick in life.  Lastly,  Bevs teaches the art of giving and helping your neighbor.  We’re teaching the kids you always have something to give, even if your pockets are empty.  Just spending time with someone has the ability to change their day; maybe even their life.  We hope by witnessing what we do, we inadvertently create a future population of generous people where helping others is a normal part of life.  Beverly’s Birthdays may just throw birthday parties, but these magical moments that benefit the kids initially, have the ability to affect them lifelong.

We’d like to share some of these magical moments  from our last party with East End Ministry…
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THANK YOU to all our amazing volunteers that made this memorable party possible.

New Year, new YOU!

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Happy New Year!  It’s that time of the year again. A time when everyone around the world looks at what is wrong with their lives and promises to make changes over the course of a year.  Sadly, statistics show only 8% of people achieve their resolutions. Let’s change the trend of New Year’s resolutions and pledge to make change happen. Instead of trying to force change into your own life why not make a resolution for 2014 to change a child’s life? By becoming involved in a child’s life you have the ability to not only change their day, but to impact their lives forever.  Many of the children Beverly’s gets to work with have witnessed and gone through situations a child should never have to experience.  These kids need a chance to forget the pressure of life and just be carefree kids. At Beverly’s birthday parties, we get to see the children in their natural element- singing, laughing, and playing. groupPutting a smile on a disadvantaged child may be one of the best feelings.  It will truly warm your heart.  Until you have your first experience with a child of need, my words are just that words.  But to those readers who are lucky enough to have shared an experience with a homeless child these words will derive emotion. zandmegs Miss Megs is a great example of this and is brought to tears talking about her moving experiences with the children at the shelters we serve.  These emotions show that these kids have touched our lives.  After time spent changing kids’ lives, you will realize you are the one who is actually changed.  You can do something positive to not only change a child’s life but your own.  The best way to implement a lifelong change is to act so that behavior becomes learned.  By getting your entire household involved you employ change that will live on far beyond you.  Helping others can become a learned behavior that develops into a regular activity of their life.  Like a stone tossed into a pond that sends ripples, your simple act to impact one child’s life has the ability to cascade into many lives.  Make volunteering a weekly or monthly devotion rather than once a year activity.  Let’s beat the odds this year and make a resolution that lasts.  Challenge yourself to make a positive change in someone else’s life.  Witnessing the moments of happiness you created for others may spark a change within yourself.  Before you know it, the person you promised to become year after year in failed New Year’s resolutions will be staring back at you.  You may not be able to change the world but you do have the power to change your world.

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