Richmond, Va 23226
Office: (804) 308-5946
info@connectingheartsva.org

Birthday Gifts & Parties for Kids who Don’t Get to Celebrate

Birthday Gifts & Parties for Kids who Don’t Get to Celebrate

Every child deserves to have a special birthday!

Connecting Hearts & Debbie Johnston, Virginia’s Adoption Champion & CEO of Care Advantage, Inc.
10041 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, VA, 23235
www.ConnectingHeartsVA.org  | www.DebbieJohnston.com
Phone: (804) 323-9464 |  Fax: (804) 330-3156

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Contact: Ericca Facetti                  Phone: (804) 308-5946                 Email: efacetti@connectingheartsva.org

Birthday Gifts & Parties for Kids who Don’t Get to Celebrate

VIRGINIA, February 1, 2016 – Every child deserves to have a special birthday! Connecting Hearts is making that possible in 2016 with a new program – Birthday Bags and Birthday Bashes. Partnering with local business, Connecting Hearts will fulfill birthday wishes for children ages 2 through 17 in foster care and will hold a monthly birthday party for kids in Central Virginia.

IMG_5769The Birthday Bag is a reusable tote filled with complete party supplies, including theme decorations, paper goods, cake (or cake mix with frosting), candles, balloons, a personalized card and gifts for the child in foster care. Bags will be mailed or can be picked up just in time for a child’s special day!

Connecting Hearts recently held the very first Birthday Bash at Einstein Brothers Bagels for kids with January birthdays! The kids celebrated by making pizza bagels in a private room! There were decorations, cookies, and cupcakes. Each child got their very own Birthday Bag. It was a positive day for children who don’t normally get celebrated.

Some local business have already volunteered to help out, but Connecting Hearts seeks more community involvement to ensure every child who wants a special birthday can have one! There are several ways you or your business can help:

  • IMG_5781BIRTHDAY BAG SPONSOR- If you’d like to assemble a birthday bag for a foster child, there is a checklist to follow. Simply pick a theme and fill a reusable bag with the listed items. When a request comes in that matches the theme, we will personalize for the specific child and add their gift wishes. A sticker with your name will be on the bag saying, “Happy Birthday from the xyz Family.”
  • BIRTHDAY BAG VOLUNTEER- Send your name and email. Our monthly email newsletter includes upcoming birthday requests. You will see the child’s first name, age and requested theme, as well as instructions for assembling. These requests usually have a 1-2 week turnaround time, but allows you to really personalize for the specific child!
  • BIRTHDAY BAG DONOR- Help is always needed by donating online and let us do the shopping for you! Your gift will help cover the cost for a complete Birthday Bag experience ($50). We will also gladly accept any new party supplies, wrapping supplies or new gift items you may have.

Oftentimes children in foster care are unfortunately not used to celebrating their birthdays in a special way. You can help make their day just a little bit brighter with a Connecting Hearts Birthday Bag!

Connecting Hearts in Virginia – A Deborah J Johnston Charity is an adoption and foster care support nonprofit founded by Virginia’s Governor-appointed Adoption Champion Debbie Johnston. Connecting Hearts ensures that every child in Virginia has the opportunity for a loving home through addressing support needs across the state, partnering with other organizations, spreading awareness, and advocating. Virginia is home to over 5,000 children in foster care and over 860 children are waiting to be adopted.

To learn more about the available kids, call 1-800-DO-ADOPT or visit www.dss.virginia.gov. For more information about Connecting Hearts and to learn how you can get involved, visit www.ConnectingHeartsVA.org or connect at www.facebook.com/ConnectingHeartsVA or www.twitter.com/ConnectHeartsVA.

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