“I’m just so excited to be happy!”
The children and families we serve are all dealing with difficult life situations — but one thing is common: their need for happiness, cheer, and hope. Beverly's Birthdays programming allows these families a "cognitive gift", a chance to take a break from their stress and to have a moment of normalcy.
"It's been a really tough time for me and my children. I am going to get it right for them. Being a part of Beverly's Birthdays programming is so nice. It gives me HOPE." -Single mom residing in a shelter
When an eight-year-old boy spends time with his family baking a cake from his Birthday in a Bag and says, “Now we’re like real people," we are inspired.
When a former birthday recipient, who is now a young adult, tells you, "There needs to be more people like you in the world," we are humbled.
When a mom at a shelter works to turn her life around, graduates from college, and invites Beverly’s Birthdays staff to her graduation, we are honored.
"Now the whole world knows that I matter."
When a six-year-old little boy – who has been living at a transitional housing program with his mom- exclaims in the middle of his birthday party, “Best birthday ever!" we are moved.
When a ten-year-old little girl blows out her candle and shares with our staff that her wish was, “I wish this moment would last longer,” we are grateful.