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.

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Adrian B.

February 01, 2018

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Hi Leah! Thanks for updating us on your work and your interview for this article--and congratulations! Please keep us posted on how everything is going. :)
Leah H.

January 31, 2018

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The Arab American Institute did a nice follow-up on the Party Project on their blog as I was a recipient of the Helen Abbott Community Service Award last year.



http://www.aaiusa.org/the_right_to_party_the_legacy_of_one_aaif_scholar…
RaulPF C.

January 03, 2018

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Thanks for sharing, Leah!
Leah H.

January 02, 2018

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I was inspired to do the Party Project because of past volunteer work I had participated in with my Girl Scout troop. We have hosted a Halloween party for our local shelter for the past several years and the kids & families always have such a great time, so when I was trying to decide on a Girl Scout Gold Award project, I thought birthdays!!! Because unlike Christmas, which has Toys for Tots (a great organization) there isn’t anything in my community for other “holidays”.

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!!!
Fish S.

December 31, 2017

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Thanks for sharing your story with us, Leah! This is super cool! I'm wondering how you got the idea to start this project -- what inspired you?