The Birthday Party Project

28 February 2013

Ever since I was introduced to The Birthday Party Project at Engage 12, I’ve been captivated by their mission: to celebrate the lives of homeless children and youth by partnering with homeless shelters to provide birthday parties and gifts for all resident children between the ages of one and eighteen.

The Birthday Party Project from WhenItClicks Wedding Films on Vimeo.

Watch the video, it’s really good.

There are so many amazing things about what Paige has done, but I think what is most inspiring to me is that she found a way to use the skill set she already had — she’s a wedding planner — for a greater good. There are a lot of noble charities and organizations to consider lending your time to, but if you find (or create) one that fulfills your passion while also doing good, it will be better for everyone involved. Sure I could volunteer as a high school math tutor, but I’m pretty sure no one would benefit from that.

I’m still looking for my perfect fit, but in the meantime, I’m planning to #sharemybirthday this year. John and I are headed to Target and the party store this weekend, and we’re going to pack up a box of goodies to send to Texas based on The Birthday Party Project’s wishlist. If you feel inclined to celebrate my 26th birthday, I welcome you to join me! :) And if you live in North Texas and want to help out in person, you can find all of the details for volunteering right here.

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February 28, 2013 9:01 am

Em, thanks for sharing this wonderful organization! I hope you have a marvelous birthday!!!

February 28, 2013 9:39 am

I love this!!! Your heart is amazing. Happy birthday!!!

February 28, 2013 9:44 am

Love this. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing, and happy birthday!

February 28, 2013 10:03 am

Incredible! I cannot think of a better way to spend your 26th birthday weekend! Happy birthday, Em!

February 28, 2013 3:12 pm

Love love love this. You are one beautiful person, inside and out!
ENJOY today! xoxo.

February 28, 2013 3:50 pm

What an incredible organization!! This brought lots of tears to my eyes. Clicking through and finding out how I can get involved right now!

February 28, 2013 4:54 pm

What an amazing idea! I love it! Happy Birthday Em :)

February 28, 2013 9:39 pm

Happy Birthday!!!! Thanks for sharing! Not gonna lie, got REAL excited when I saw “north texas,” but, alas, not the same thing as the panhandle (which is far more north, so it makes no sense to me that Dallas is considered “NT” but, I digress. If we’re ever in Dallas, we will try to volunteer!). I will be doing the same as you when my bday comes, though! So glad to learn about it! Enjoy this weekend and we are sending fun birthday wishes from Texas! Miss yall!!

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