The only thing we love better than helping kids is when kids help us help kids! We make sure to provide plenty of volunteer opportunities to help engage our younger community members.
When kids help their peers, they practice empathy, learn social responsibility, and become active participants in society.
We welcome youth groups from schools, churches, and
organizations such as Girl and Boy Scouts, Campfire Kids, 4-H, and more. Kids have proven to come up with innovative ways to help, such as school craft fairs and raising over
$500 with a lemonade stand. Youth groups can also help by assembling goody bags, wrapping gifts, decorating party hats, and creating birthday cards. We are happy to provide a
way for these future leaders to help us provide hope to children who need it.
Cece is currently a junior at Liberty High School and Bellevue College. Her hobbies include playing the flute, hiking,
rock climbing, and tumbling. She says her biggest accomplishment was making a plastic ball gown out of 1,000 plastic bags
for her FCCLA Regional Competition. This gown was made to symbolize how much trash is dumped into the ocean every year.
After high school, she wants to go into pre-med at University of Washington. She plans to major in Biology and minor in Marketing.
Cece says that "The smiles that appear on the kid's faces when they are being celebrated is why I love volunteering at Birthday Dreams.
Birthdays are such an important aspect to celebrate and Birthday Dreams ensures that everyone feels special on their day.
I'm very grateful that I've been given the opportunity to be a part of Birthday Dream's mission."
Jenny is currently a junior at Liberty High School. In her spare time, she likes to read books,
play her favorite pieces on the piano, and work on any side projects she may have going on. After high school,
she plans to do something in STEM and also pursue marketing more, hopefully at the University of Washington.
Jenny tells us that "Being a part of the marketing committee for Birthday Dreams and creating social media posts has been truly
enjoyable! I wanted to volunteer with Birthday Dreams because I believed that giving children the opportunity
to celebrate their birthdays is crucial."
Arisha is currently a Junior in Running Start at Bellevue College. In the future, she would like to go into marketing.
She chose to join Birthday Dreams because being on a marketing team, while supporting a good cause, is the
perfect first step to her career.
Arisha says "I found Birthday Dreams online while doing a school assignment and found
that Birthday Dream's mission really resonated with me. After joining this marketing committee, I saw how
much work goes into advertising, and it encouraged me to do my best every week when making posts to go on
Birthday Dream's social media."
For over five years, CJ (18), Annabelle (17), and their mother, Kristine, have shared their love of baking by creating unique and thoughtful cakes for Birthday
Regularly featured in the Amazing Cakes section of this newsletter, their unique creations range from emoji to space-themed and everything in between.
Annabelle and CJ shared that they do a lot of crafts as a family and love being able to create things for others to enjoy. Annabelle shared that her family really
likes space and science, so their recent rocket themed cake was really fun to do together. For CJ, one of the most memorable cakes they created was for a
17-year-old who really liked the rap artist Tupac. CJ spent a lot of time researching to make sure that cake was perfect for that particular birthday. A huge
thank you to the Kisky teens (and their mom) for all you do to support Birthday Dreams!
With the support of their parents, Kevin and Savanna Dickson, Annabelle (8) and Kade (6) rocked their toy drive this year! They collected and donated 37 toys worth $500!
When asked what made her want to collect to for homeless kids, Annabelle said “I get excited doing the toy drive because I know that every toy is going to help someone
celebrate their birthday with opening presents that we helped collect and I like giving toys to kids who don’t have them."
Birthday Dreams is always touched to see the youth in our community giving back. Thank you, Annabelle and Kade, for making Birthday Dreams come true for deserving children in our community!