When I first started my blog, I did a daily inspiration post each evening. On occasion, part of that series included highlighting non-profit organizations making an impact around the world an touching the lives of those in need. If you’re interested in reading some of my past “non-profit” posts, you can find them HERE and HERE. My page dedicated to non-profit posts is a bit out dated, but it’ll get you started, should you be interested.
Anyway, I haven’t done a non-profit article for a long time, so, since it’s my birthday this week (YEA!), I decided this was a perfect opportunity to kick off a new series called:
This will be my new “non-profit” series, where I highlight different non-profit organizations from around the world. Each article will:
This month, I went in search of non-profits who help children in need celebrate their birthdays. I wasn’t disappointed! I found two that I wanted to highlight. I’ll highlight one today, and the other on Thursday. So, on with the show!
The Confetti Foundation puts together “birthday boxes”, which contain everything needed for parents to celebrate a birthday with their child, who is hospitalized during their birthday. Volunteers and employees at the foundation work with children’s hospitals around the country, sending the boxes where needed. The foundation also has “birthday fairies” and “birthday heroes” all around the country, that come to different hospitals to help throw the parties.
The idea for The Confetti Foundation was sparked in 2010, when the best friend of the founder, Stephanie Frazier Grimm, had a baby who was born 8 weeks premature. Stephanie watched as her best friend spent hours and hours every day in the neonatal intensive care unit. When one of the babies in the unit went home, there was excitement at the opportunity for that baby to finally have a birthday celebration. This got Stephanie thinking about what kids do when they have to celebrate birthdays in the hospital.
After doing some research and asking questions, Stephanie discovered that the kids rarely had celebrations or parties of any kind. This sparked the idea for The Confetti Foundation, which was officially launched on January 1, 2014.
“THE MISSION OF THE CONFETTI FOUNDATION IS TO SUPPLY BIRTHDAY PARTIES TO CHILDREN WHO HAVE TO SPEND THEIR BIRTHDAY IN THE HOSPITAL.
The foundation was started with the hope that families will be able to shift their focus from their child’s sickness for just 30 minutes and celebrate. Although the party is not a cure, it will be a welcome distraction and a good reminder that every child deserves to be celebrated.
The Confetti Foundation is recognized by the state of Rhode Island as a tax deductible charitable organization, and is an approved 501(c)(3) non profit organization by the federal government.
Through the partnership of Children’s Hospitals in the United States, The Confetti Foundation hopes to be accepted into all Children’s Hospitals with the help of volunteers, aka birthday fairies and heroes”
Isn’t it amazing how something as simple as a birthday party can bring so much joy into the life of a child? In these uncertain times, it’s more important than ever that we make everyday a special day for our children.