The Party Project
The issue that I am addressing is the lack of means for low-income/homeless families to have the items needed to celebrate birthdays. SNAP (food stamps) does not cover most items needed for a birthday party and a family with limited income most likely feels other expenses such as electric bills, medication etc. are more important to spend on. I feel that every child’s birthday should be celebrated regardless of financial situation, and have therefore created the Party Project. The Party Project helps create birthday kits for low-income/homeless families to utilize for parties. These kits include all the items needed for a birthday party for 8-10 people, including decorations, cake, candles, birthday cards, and special treats. I have partnered with six local social service agencies in my area to help distribute the birthday kits to their clientele as needed.
I contacted the shelter that my troop has worked with and proposed the idea to them. They agreed that there was definitely a need and then I contacted other agencies that serve homeless and low-income youth and got my Girl Scout Service Unit involved and lots of community support! It’s been fun, I love delivering the birthday kits when there are kids around... they’re so excited, even if their birthday isn’t coming up!!!