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“Making friends is harder when you’re homeless.”
These words, uttered by a member of one of the displaced families Extra-Ordinary Birthdays (EOB) serves, plainly exemplify one of the everyday pains experienced by homeless children.
They are – sometimes abruptly – removed from relatives, friends, schools. When a child loses or lacks this bonding sense of belonging and significance, their self-esteem is threatened. Cultivating and maintaining friendships – establishing sturdy roots – becomes increasingly difficult.
The personalized birthday parties Extra-Ordinary Birthdays provides in local shelters afford homeless children cherished moments among friends and family.
They feel no shame or need for explanation: all the partygoers are in the same place and situation – celebrating the same wonderful, little human.
On this #GivingTuesday, we invite our supporters to help children continue to share birthdays with their pals and spread their own powerful form of friendship.
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving for nonprofits. We at Extra-Ordinary Birthdays intend to highlight our efforts to create moments of normalcy among EOB kids – so they may laugh, play, and lift their self-esteem alongside friends and family.
Please join our Give $10, Get 10 Friends campaign in honor of #GivingTuesday. If you can encourage 10 pals – yourself included – to donate $10, your squad’s $100 donation will inch us closer to our year-end goal of $15,000.
Your gift provides far more than party supplies, snacks, and cake. If you can remember the giggles, wonder, and gameplay experienced at your childhood celebrations – or the buddies who surrounded you as you drew breath to blow out candles – you understand the power of that pure-and-simple birthday party magic.
EOB continues to be the only organization of its kind that orchestrates personalized birthday parties for underprivileged children – with the ever-important goal of making them feel recognized and valued.
We’re committed to breaking down the barriers and stigmas associated with homelessness – and helping children and their families create lasting relationships and positive memories. We hope that we can count on you as our partner in this mission.
Click donate to make a tax-deductible donation toward helping us reach our year-end goal.