Birthday Buddies of Western New York, Inc. is a small new nonprofit organization which is dedicated to bringing joy and dignity to children who live in residential shelters by providing each child with a birthday celebration.
Presently, we are working with one shelter (23 children). At year’s end we hope to branch out into other needy shelters serving children and families.
Acknowledging that all our children deserve to participate in the typical rites of passage in childhood which bring happiness and joyful memories, Birthday Buddies of Western New York, Inc. throws a community birthday party.
Parties are held once a month. All residents are invited to participate in the gleeful celebrations which include a decorated party space, appropriate games and activities, music and song, a personalized birthday cake, a celebrant’s birthday photograph, candid pictures throughout the event and presents selected to promote and encourage developing child interests.
To date, we have held one September party for three children. Feedback from caseworkers, smiles on children’s faces and an overwhelmingly positive response from mothers tells us that our efforts are successful and important. A second party will be held in October and there is much talk about who will be next!
Funded by Buffalo, NY (November 2019)