Giving Birthdays

The Happy Birthday Project
Giving Birthdays

Every child gets one day a year that’s devoted to them—just them. It’s called their birthday, and most kids look forward to it for many, many sleeps. The anticipation is almost as much fun as the actual day.

The lovely ladies behind The Happy Birthday Project understand how much birthdays mean to kids—and they set out to make each one very special. Crystal Gelsinger and Mandy Watts, two stay-at-home moms, make it their mission to help Calgary families in need by creating a magical fete without spending a fortune.

The Happy Birthday Project is a volunteer and donation driven organization. The party team collects leftover, unused or donated party supplies, gifts (a great way to ‘re-gift’ items) and monetary donations to create ‘party packs.’ Each pack contains all of the decorations and supplies required for a brilliant birthday party—including a special gift for the birthday boy or girl. Cake mix, frosting, cake decorations and juice boxes are also included.

You can help by becoming a birthday sponsor, where you provide a complete party pack for a child under the age of 18; hold a party supply or gift drive at your school; assemble a party pack for another child during your own birthday party (a great way to get kids learning about the importance of giving); or volunteer your time.

Help take the blues out of birthday celebrations for families facing adversity and give a memorable gift that will last a lifetime.

Here’s a gift for you. We’ve rounded up more ways to celebrate with our 11 Birthday Party Ideas in Calgary.

Tested by Robyn B., Calgary

Tagged under kids, birthday, parties, charity
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First published 2013.02.21

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