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Day 69: A Birthday Surprise

This past weekend I went to a very unique birthday party for a three year old. As a parent you never quiet know what to expect from a birthday party. Some are very lavish and some very simple. This one had a unique twist I wanted to share, as I think it would be great if we could each incorporate this into all our children’s parties. It would instill in our children that giving comes in many forms and a birthday doesn’t only  have to be about the many gifts we receive but how much we give back

Day 69: Give 69

We received a very cute fire truck invitation to a birthday  party last week, to go along with invitation was a special donation card I thought was a brilliant idea. The invitation gave all the pertinent  information including date, time, location and a special note regarding gifts. Instead of a normal truck type gift for the birthday boy, the parents were requesting a donation for the BC Children’s Hospital in the child’s name.   I was so pleasantly surprised.  If you have read any of my past blogs I have written two posts on ethical birthday giving for children’s birthdays.

We live in a place in the world where few children in our neighbourhood go without anything. Not only are the basic necessities taken care of but many have much more than they need. So this was the perfect gift for a birthday child. An education on not only giving, but choosing to GIVE  to other children that need our support instead.

I was proud to be part of this birthday party and to see the generosity of all the parents participating at the event.

Do you have  story you would like to share about a special project or cause your children decided to participant in for their birthday? Please send us your story and ideas for special GIVES on or kids birthdays.

Time Commitment: 0 (We would have spent time attending)

Cost: The same amount we would have spent on a gift for a 3 year old child.

What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
“My life has greater meaning now.”
Renate Jorge, @BeKindBrazil and 365give Member, Family Program (Brazil)
“I just wanted to share that 365give really helped me. I am a better person now, thank you.”
MayLee, 365give Member, Individual Program
“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)