Birthday Parties for Charity

I love hosting birthday parties for my kids. Event planning is one of my favorite hobbies. I often go all out and have large parties with many activities for kids. There’s only one problem…more people = more presents. My children have more than enough of everything they could possibly need. The last thing they need is more toys or clothes. I have found that birthday parties are a great opportunity to pay it forward and to teach children about generosity and giving to people in need by asking guests to donate a particular item in lieu of gifts. I found most people do not like to just give money, so I try to come up with ideas that involve actual items. With three kids, we have had to become creative with charity drives to avoid doing the same thing for every party. Here is a list of some creative charity drives we have done or plan on doing in the future.

  • Items for Operation Christmas Child boxes
  • School supply drive
  • Food drive
  • Pet food/supply drive
  • Homeless care package drive (socks, deodorant, toothbrushes, gift cards, etc.)
  • Toy drive
  • Pillow case drive for Little Dresses for Africa
  • Diaper drive for local food pantry
  • Garage sale items (we had a garage sale to raise money for a family in the adoption process)
  • Bra Drive for victims of sex trafficking through Free the Girls
  • Book drive for prisons (click here for a listing of organizations)
  • Water bottles filled with change to provide clean water (Charity Water)
  • DVD drive for children’s hospital (Kid Flicks)
  • Used sporting equipment (The Sports Shed & Leveling the Playing Field)
  • Cleaning supply drive for local food pantry
  • Pajama drive (Pajama Program)

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