How Your Kids – Or You! – Can Help Kids with Less
Put a Birthday in a Box!
A Concrete, Hands-on Way to Give
It’s hard for many of us – adults or children – to imagine celebrating a child’s birthday without a party or presents. But for many of the families we serve, finding the extra money to afford a child’s birthday celebration is a struggle at best, and frequently impossible.
AMHH Birthday Box Program is designed to help these families by providing a small “party in a box” for a child in need… and at the same time gives children with “more” the opportunity to learn empathy in a concrete way by helping another child.
The idea is to decorate and fill shoe boxes with everything needed for a small birthday party. (Or, pretty, gift bags can be used instead.) Each box goes to a different child. You or your child can make one birthday box for one child, or a class, scout group, church or synagogue group can put together many boxes for a group of children. If you are making a lot of boxes, PLEASE make them for a variety of ages!
To start, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know if you’re making fewer than five boxes, or if you’re making a larger number. We can give you a list of ages and gender of children currently enrolled in our program.
DIRECTIONS: (For a printable version, click link at bottom of page.)
Pick an age (or ages), and choose either boy(s) or girl(s) to send your box to. (For example, you might choose a 9-year-old girl, or a 4-year-old boy.)
Find a large sneaker-sized shoe box, and buy the things needed for a party. (Or use a pretty birthday shopping bag.)
If your child is making the box, he or she can raise the money to buy the birthday items at a bake sale, or yard sale, or by doing extra chores around the house.
The Birthday Box Program may qualify as a community service requirement for your child’s scout troop, school, church or temple.