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Posted in Foresters Member Benefits, You | June 2016

Happy Birthday to you!

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For many parents, there comes a time when the idea of their child getting more “stuff” for their birthday is just downright unpleasant. It’s not that you’re not grateful that people care enough to want to give presents to the birthday boy or girl, or appreciative of the time it took to choose the gift – it’s that there’s only so many toys and trinkets a child can fit into their room before it starts to bulge at the seams.

There can be too much of a good thing. The answer to this problem is both simple and sweet: host a philanthropic birthday party! Instead of bringing gifts for your child, their friends donate to a charity of your choice. Not only does it help teach children empathy and encourage a lifelong habit of giving to others, but it also means you won’t have to find a place to put dozens of new toys your child really doesn’t need or, in some cases, even want.

The secret to the success of a philanthropic party is making sure all the donation information and instructions are very clearly included on the invitation you send out. It’s also important to be very clear that you do not expect anyone to bring any gifts because their child’s attendance at the party is all that’s wanted and expected.

There are lots of wonderful ways to help your child celebrate their big day by helping others. It could even be as simple as asking partygoers to donate directly to a charity of your choice online. But if you want to get a little more creative and really get kids involved in the fun, Foresters Financial can help.

 

Host a Foresters Care Kit Party

Foresters Community Grants allow members to plan local activities for their families and other Foresters members, creating exciting volunteer opportunities – like a Foresters Care Kit party! Foresters provides up to $2,500 in funding, as well as tools and resources to help ensure that your care kit event is successful.

You may be wondering what kinds of care kit activities might be appropriate for a philanthropic children’s party? Here are a few ideas:

  • Have each of the kids spend time creating a “party-in-a-bag” filled with everything a child in a shelter would need to celebrate a special day that they likely wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford. Items could include a box cake mix, a tub of icing, balloons, streamers, party favors, and some activity books to keep party guests entertained.
  • Get the kids thinking about those less fortunate by having them create comfort kits for kids in crisis situations. These kits, filled with a cozy blanket, a warm hat and mittens, a small toy, and other comfort items, could be donated to Children’s Aid or similar organizations.
  • Fill knapsacks up with items for children in foster care. Items could include toiletries, a diary and pen, cozy socks, and a soft toy for cuddling.

This is a party idea that can work for adults too. How great would it be to get a group of friends together to make care kits for a homeless shelter on your 40th birthday or volunteer at your local Ronald McDonald House on your 25th anniversary?

For more information on how Foresters can help you host a philanthropic birthday party for you or your children, visit MyForesters.com today.

 

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