Did you know most children in the foster care system have never had their birthday celebrated with a party! Keep reading to see how you add some joy to a child who needs it.
- On any given day, there are approximately 397,000 children in foster care in the United States.
- In 2012, about 640,000 children spent time in U.S. foster care.
- On average, children remain in state care for nearly two years and nine percent of children in foster care have languished there for five or more years.
- Despite the common perception that the majority of children in foster care are very young, the average age of kids in care is 9.
Do you remember your birthday parties when you were a kid? I remember one in particular because it was a surprise party and I had no idea it was even going to happen! My mom made me go with my dad to go get some pizza, and when I got back all of friends were there to celebrate my birthday!
Unfortunately, many kids in foster care have never had a birthday party.
It seems like such a simple thing, but for most kids in foster care, their birthdays go completely unnoticed and is just another day without a forever family. My sister-in-law, Laila Scott found this out and decided to do something about it. So she started a charity called Pop Up Birthday that gives foster children something they have never experienced before- a birthday party.
Here is what Laila has to say about Pop Up Birthday:
While it has been a blast crafting these custom boxes, the biggest reward is knowing that for one day this foster child (I only know their first name, age and birthday wishes) will feel loved, will feel special, will feel “normal”, and will know that someone in their community cares. I don’t know if they will remember their party years from now, but I hope that they carry that little bit of joy with them for a long time. It’s also been wonderful for my boys to shop with me, to see me wrap gifts for other children, to create favors and fill goody bags together, and for them to begin to realize there are kids out there who aren’t as lucky as they are.
Isn’t that just a wonderful mission?
I am so incredibly proud to have Laila as a sister-in-law and I know my brother is a very lucky man. And did I mention that Laila does this all voluntarily? Seriously amazing.
Ladies, I am going to come right out and ask you to please donate to this amazing charity. Here is what your donation will get:
- With a $200 donation, your family can sponsor a Pop-Up Birthday Box (party supplies and gifts for child)
- With a $100 donation, your family can sponsor a Pop-up Birthday Box (party supplies only)
- With a $50 donation, you will help provide necessary supplies that make up a box
- With a $20 donation, you can provide the gift card for cake/cupcakes for a foster child
I have heard Laila talk about these foster children before, and the stories she tells will make you cry both from the pain these kids have suffered and from the joy they experience when they realize that they are getting their very own birthday party!
Thank you so much for your donation, you have no idea how much this will mean to a child in need of celebration.