Celebrations bring people together, promote well-being, give a sense of tradition, and help us to remember the things in life that truly matter. Birthday celebrations allow us to acknowledge those in our lives who are important to us and celebrate the gift of their lives.
When a child’s birthday approaches, some parents often get excited and prepare in advance to celebrate the occasion. But for some families it can be a difficult time of year. For Children living in extreme poverty rarely get to celebrate their birthdays.
We at New Beginnings Community believe that every child deserves to feel special and celebrated on their birthday.
The Birthday Project gives struggling families an opportunity to celebrate their child’s birthday that would not otherwise be possible.
to bring joy to the lives of children and families facing adverse circumstances through the celebration of a childs birthday. Every child, regardless of personal, or financial circumstances deserves a very special birthday.
The Birthday Project provides children in need (up to the age of 11) with a ‘Birthday-In-A-Bag’ to ensure they do not go without on this special occasions. Each pack contains at least 2 presents, chocolates, or sweets, wrapping paper, sellotape, a birthday card, and party decorations. Other items that may be included are party hats, badges, cake mix, frosting and candles depending on supplies
How The Birthday Project Works:
Referrals are made via the help of health professionals, local food banks, community navigators, faith groups, who work directly with these families. Our Birthday Project volunteers then lovingly collect sort and package a ‘Birthday-In-A-Bag’ for the child based on the child’s age and interests. These are then collected by the referral agent and delivered to the parent of the child hopefully about a month before the child’s birthday.
Most of the contents of our packs will be donated by our generous community who already donate toys to New Beginnings Community on a regular basis.
What can you do to help?
We are grateful for all help offered, so if you can spare an hour a year, an hour a week or anything in between we would love to have you join us! Our volunteers are a really friendly group and always happy to welcome new people. We are also happy to make use of any specific skills you might have to offer. Please speak to a member of the team for more information.
Everything we give away is donated by our amazingly generous community. If you are in a position to purchase toys etc while shopping, or pass on good quality second hand toys they will always be put to very good use.
We are very careful with our funds and have fundraising events, because we do on occasion need to purchase items.
Items for donation
New toys in original packaging
Used toys in excellent condition
Child-themed or solid colour wrapping paper, gift bags and tissue paper
Small rolls of Sellotape
Balloons and banners
Cake mix, frosting & birthday candles
Gift cards to retail stores, supermarkets, and restaurants
New books and board games
Chocolates & Sweets