Winner of the #shareyourbirthday Giveaway!Saturday, November 30, 2013
For my birthday month of October, I hosted a giveaway for people who shared The Birthday Party Project's message on social media or purchased a gift off their wish list. So many of you spread the word with the official #shareyourbirthday hashtag, and for that I'm so grateful!
So without further ado, the winner of the #shareyourbirthday giveaway is Jessica Turner of The Mom Creative! Thanks so much for helping to spread JOY, Jessica! Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll send an official Eat. Sleep. Party. Repeat. tee and official Penny the Pig giving bank your way.
If you're not yet familiar with The Birthday Party Project, it is a non-profit organization that believes JOY changes lives. To that end, they partner with homeless shelters to throw birthday parties each month for all the kids in residence. While the shelters work on felt needs, The Birthday Party Project and its team of Birthday Enthusiasts (aka volunteers) come along and celebrate the emotional aspects of these kids, reminding them (and sometimes being the first ever to let them know) that they're important and allowed to dream big, not because of what they've accomplished or because of their circumstances, but because they simply exist. Here's a video that shows a bit more about what they do:
I spent my birthday this year at The Birthday Party Project's headquarters in Dallas, talking strategy with Paige, the founder, and her leadership staff, Lara and Arden (this team is pretty good at making grown up gals feel special on their birthday, too!). They have a big vision and some exciting things in store for 2014 (and 2015), so be sure to follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to stay in the loop.
Left: me in a pink birthday tiara. Right: Lara, Arden and Paige as birthday candles a few days later on Halloween
Don't let their fun nature and cheerful smiles fool you . . . this is no amateur feel good project. With Paige's educational background in non-profit management, Arden and Lara's business school backgrounds (not to mention their respective years in litigation consulting and the non-profit world), and the multi-skilled board of directors they've put together, The Birthday Party Project is a professionally run, top-notch organization.
This coming month, The Birthday Party Project will be partying with 400 kids, and beginning in January that number will go up to 500 and continue to grow as they partner with new agencies. As you can imagine, they go through a ton of paper plates, cups, party hats and party supplies. If you'd like to donate, you can shop their wish list on Amazon. All purchases will ship directly to their headquarters. If you or your kids would rather hold something tangible, Target is a great place to stock up on their wish list (you can find the address to ship to here).
Last but not least, The Birthday Party Project will be turning two this January and they're skipping a fancy gala in favor of a big birthday bash (naturally). It's an 80's party theme, and if you'd like to join in on the fun, you can choose a sponsorship level here and sign up here. All donations are 100% tax-deductible (don't forget, it counts for this year if you donate before December 31st!), and 100% of the donations go to the birthday parties for the kids. So mark your calendars, bust out your hair crimper and neon and join us for an evening of celebrating JOY.