5 years of Birthday Cheer!
Can you believe that Beverly's Birthdays turned 5 in February! Besides being with my number one supporter Mike Yunn for the past 9 years, this is the longest relationship I have had the honor to be part of! In the past 5 years, with the help of my amazing staff, board, volunteers and donors, we have recognized over 15,000 birthdays -- but what that really means is that I have had the opportunity to meet thousands of children and families whose stories, experiences, and honesty have touched my heart forever.
When a teenager girl in a group home asks you for bottled water for her birthday -- you will never look at bottled water the same.
When a little boy at a residential treatment facility asks if he can take an extra birthday plate and napkins up to his room with him so he can "wipe it off and reuse it all day tomorrow because that is his birthday" you give him an entire package and say celebrate all week. You also go home and cry because it broke your heart and made you smile all in the same moment.
When one of your board member attends a birthday celebration and connects with a young girl who comments that she just loves the dress another volunteer is wearing and that board member arranges for that birthday girl to get to go to Target and get that dress in her size you say a thank you because there are people out there that are not only supporting your cause but taking it to the next level.
When a little boy tells you that what he wished for for his birthday (which was an awesome pirate themed party) was that "this moment would last longer" you know that that is what it is all about.... YOU NEVER KNOW THE TRUE VALUE OF A MOMENT UNTIL IT BECOMES A MEMORY!
Please consider joining or contributing to my team/personal fundraising goal. Walk with us physically or virtually and help us spread cheer one mile and one smile at a time!
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