Touching Lives…The Birthday Party Project


What they do:

“Bringing joy to homeless children through the magic of birthdays.” Once a month, this amazing organization teams up with homeless and transitional living facilities to throw birthday parties for the children with birthdays that month. The other children and the family  members also attend the festivities to help celebrate.

How it all started:

The Birthday Party Project was started in 2012 by Paige Chenault, former event planner.  When she was pregnant with her daughter, she picked up a magazine with a photo of a sad looking little homeless boy. As she sat dreaming of throwing birthday parties for her own daughter, she wondered if this little boy would ever feel special, celebrated.

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So, she decided to put her talents to work and throw birthday parties for homeless children and in January, 2012, the celebrations began. It started with just one party a month, and has grown to more than 20 per month, in multiple cities across the country.

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The short video below will give you a better idea as to how

The Birthday Party Project works:

The Birthday Party Project

Mission Statement:

“Our mission is to bring JOY to homeless children through the MAGIC of birthdays.

We believe that JOY changes lives, and a JOYful community can change the world.

With the help of our birthday enthusiasts (that’s you!) we host monthly birthday parties at homeless and transitional living facilities across the country. We celebrate all children (ages 1-22) that have a birthday that month, and we invite all children and family members staying at the agency to join us for the party.

Our one hour celebration is a chance for kids to dream big! Our parties are so much more than a celebration – they are a loud exclamation point that kids matter!”

How to contact The Birthday Party Project:

How you can help:

  • How to get involved: HERE
  • Donate: HERE
  • Amazon wishlist: HERE

Social Media

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I just love this idea. These children have such a difficult time with life. At such a young age, they are already dealing with being homeless, wondering when the next meal will come or where they will sleep. It’s wonderful that at least once a year, they are made to feel special, feel celebrated, feel JOYFUL.

Until next time…Namaste my friends.


Author: Tamara Hoerner

Welcome to The Purple Almond Wellness I’m Tamara Hoerner, MHNE, wellness educator and founder of Purple Almond Wellness. I work with middle-age individuals to help support brain health and develop whole body wellness, in order to improve the quality of their mid-life years. Heart and Alzheimer’s diseases run in my family and I struggled with weight loss, so I strive to help others with similar conditions. Using only nutrition, I rid my body of seasonal allergies, Psoriatic Arthritis and migraines. I know what it takes to use food as medicine, especially in middle age. As a wellness educator and Summa Cum Laude graduate of Hawthorn University, I develop personalized nutrition plans and wellness education sessions, to help clients. For me, the name Purple Almond symbolizes “Good, nutritious, whole food bringing light and life to the body, awakening the inherent healing mechanisms within.” I'm all about getting back to the basics, good old fashioned traditional organic, whole food, the kind your great-grandmother used to eat. You'll find no processed foods here. Just good food to heal your whole body. I also believe a healthy body isn't just about food. Stress plays a large part in the physical health of our body. I, therefore, believe in using anything that relieves stress and heals the body, including: mediation, yoga, music, laughter, inspiration and helping others. You'll find all these included in my blog as well.

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