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Party Planning With A Purpose

Help a homeless child make a birthday wish

We all know someone—tall or small—who needs to gain some perspective on birthday parties. To that end, we were delighted to discover the Birthday Party Project, a new organization that invites volunteers of any age to help host b-day celebrations for homeless children. Founded earlier this year by swanky-event planner Paige Chenault and her husband, Colin, the non-profit group partners with Dallas-based shelters like Family Gateway, Gateway Permanent Supportive Housing, and Genesis Women’s Shelter to give children (ages 1-18) a reason to feel celebrated on their birthdays.

Once a month, Chenault and a team of volunteer “Birthday Enthusiasts” decorate participating shelters, arrange games and activities like face painting and jewelry making, wrap a birthday gift for the celebrant, and serve cake—with candles, of course. Anyone can lend a hand; it’s a great way for parents to introduce little ones to topics like community and charity. Volunteer spots are still available for upcoming parties on 1/17 (Family Gateway), 1/23 (Genesis Women’s Shelter), 2/21 (Family Gateway) and 2/27 (Genesis Women’s Shelter). A completed background check form is required for volunteers over the age of 16; volunteers at Genesis Women’s Shelter must complete a one-hour training session prior to volunteering.