The Young Lawyers’ Division of the Allegheny County Bar Association is involved with a Pittsburgh-based non-profit organization called Beverly’s Birthdays, and recently hosted a fundraiser to support the organization and its cause. The purpose of the organization is to provide birthday experiences to young children whose families are experiencing homelessness or are otherwise unable to provide birthday gifts or treats. This is accomplished through a variety of programs, including birthday parties that are hosted at agency locations by volunteers and donors who set up the parties, provide foods, treats and gifts. Families may also be eligible to receive “birthdays in a bag,” which are pre-packaged bags with items such as cake mix, candles, napkins, and plates so that a family is able host a small birthday party at their own location. Children in the Beverly’s Birthdays program can also receive a birthday gift, which contains age appropriate toys, a new book, and a set of toothbrush and toothpaste, or for newborns, parents may receive essential items for their new child. Beverly’s Birthdays also partners with schools in the Pittsburgh area to provide classroom birthday cheer kits, to help recognize students’ birthdays in the classroom where these children may otherwise have no opportunity to have their birthday acknowledged and celebrated.
The program was founded by Megs Yunn, and is named “Beverly’s Birthdays” because of a little girl named Beverly, who informed Ms. Yunn that she had never had a birthday party or birthday cake. This inspired Ms. Yunn to find a way to help children like Beverly experience the simple pleasure of a birthday celebration. The organization has grown significantly over its existence, and now helps thousands of children in the Pittsburgh area.
Beverly’s Birthday relies on volunteers and donors, and there are many different ways that you can get involved. You can volunteer to help staff the birthday parties, bake cupcakes or put together birthday cheer packages. You can also donate in a number of ways, including on a monthly basis, or as a sponsor for a particular party or event. Gift donations are also always welcome. Special restrictions may apply to certain volunteer opportunities, so be sure to check the website for more information on how you can get involved, www.beverlysbirthdays.org. This is a great way to make an easy, yet very special, impact on a number of local children and to spread birthday cheer year-round!