Posted: March 6, 2018 Filed under: Charity birthday party, ECHOage Birthday Parties, ECHOage Heroes and Amazing Birthday Ideas, Gifts, Grand River Hospital Foundation, Stories about children
A beautiful centre of excellence where patients receive the best possible care: Grand River Hospital of Kitchener, Waterloo.
ECHOage is so proud to partners with the Grand River Hospital Foundation to give kids an opportunity to raise funds for the hospital they love.
This fantastic hospital provides exceptional medical care to families across the Kitchener Waterloo region and beyond.
Posted: March 6, 2018 Filed under: Charity, COPE Service Dogs, ECHOage Birthday Parties, ECHOage Heroes and Amazing Birthday Ideas, Gifts, Stories about children
Hayden is an amazing boy. This 7 year old boy chose COPE SERVICE DOGS as the recipient of the funds from his ECHOage party. COPE is a truly incredible cause that has been an ECHOage partner since 2012.
COPE provides remarkable education programs that engages communities and empowers students and others in the training of service dogs that transform the lives of people with disabilities. Their website, mission and values are so inspiring to us.
COPE provides highly skilled service dog partners to people with disabilities and enhances the lives of youth experiencing challenges by involving them in the training process of the dogs. It’s amazing! The youth being assisted by the dogs are actively involved in training the dogs, too.
HAYDEN IS OUR HERO
We are so inspired by HAYDEN. At age 7 he has made a big impact in the lives of others. GO HAYDEN GO! You are our hero. Love ECHOage XOXO
“I am forever grateful for the COPE class because I feel so great about myself. It changed my life and showed me there’s so much more to live for. When I look at my dog, Maple, I know I can do anything, because he shows me that he’s always ready for the next command, for the next move in his life just like I am in mine. Nothing is going to stop me from the goals I’ve developed.”
“When I started COPE in October, I didn’t know if it would be hard, awkward or anything like that. Turns out it was pretty sick, I mean in a cool way. COPE means a lot to me, it made me feel like I was doing something good, not just helping my dog, but helping others. I made friends I didn’t expect to be friends with because we were all so different. I learned a lot about training and compatibility, and it changed the way I look at things. It made me feel more responsible and gave me a purpose. My relationship with my dog Buddy is amazing. I know when he needs attention and he knows when I do too. He always makes me proud of him whenever he does something right and I totally think he knows it makes me happy. It’s just unexplainable how good I feel now because of COPE.”
Posted: March 5, 2018 Filed under: Birthday Gifts, Charity, Charity birthday party, ECHOage Heroes and Amazing Birthday Ideas, Stories about children, World Wildlife Fund
AMOS IS OUR HERO
Amos (on the left) makes it very clear. “People Need To Care.” He chose WWF Canada for his ECHOage party because animals need to be safe and people need to care. His few words have a very big impact. This boy is our hero. He is the kind of boy who makes you want to follow in his footsteps. He is the kind of boy who leads others to see that giving actually feels really good. He’s one of the reasons that ECHOage kids have raised over $800,000.00 for WWF Canada. Go Amos Go! You lead, we will follow. Love ECHOage XOXO
Posted: March 1, 2018 Filed under: Birthday Gifts, Charity, Charity birthday party, ECHOage Birthday Parties, kids birthday party ideas, Stories about children, Ve'ahavta
Asher is our hero! He supported one of the fantastic ECHOage Partners: Ve’ahavta
Ve’ahavta is a Jewish charitable social service organization dedicated to promoting positive change in the lives of people of all faiths who are marginalized by poverty.
ASHER IS OUR HERO
Ve’ahavta (Hebrew for “and you shall love”) is committed to engaging community members in a meaningful and hands-on way to support our collective mission of tikun olam (repairing the world).
Ve’ahavta delivers poverty alleviation programs that break down barriers, restore human dignity, foster capacity-building, and empower marginalized individuals to break the cycle of poverty.
Ve’ahavta clients include marginalized and at-risk individuals, including those who struggle with homelessness, urban poverty, or live in under-served Aboriginal communities.
Ve’ahavta believes that each individual possesses unique gifts, and given the right opportunities and supports, will realize their full potential.
Ve’ahavta collaborates with many local community agencies and national partners in order to expand the scope of our reach, leverage existing resources, and increase the impact of our donor dollars.
Posted: February 27, 2018 Filed under: Birthday Gifts, Charity, Charity birthday party, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, ECHOage Birthday Parties, kids birthday party ideas, Stories about children
Meet Maya. This amazing 10 year old girl has had 4 ECHOage parties! Her last three have been in support of CHEO – now that’s commitment. Way to go Maya. We know that others will follow in your footsteps.
In Maya’s words:
“I wanted to donate money to the CHEO Foundation because they have helped me twice – first when I broke my leg, and second when I had hip surgery. The hospital is a really great place for kids… the doctors are very nice and the nurses are really helpful and caring. We are so lucky to have such a great hospital in the area!”
And Maya chose golf clubs as her gift:
“My Dad took me to a golf show earlier this year and I got to try out some clubs… it was a lot of fun! I would like to take golf lessons with my Dad because he is really good!! And I hope that I can be as good a golfer as him… and Brooke Henderson!”
Posted: February 27, 2018 Filed under: Birthday Gifts, Charity, Charity birthday party, ECHOage Birthday Parties, Gifts, Second Harvest, Stories about children
Ten years of working together, ten years of food recovery, ten years of donations, ten years of kids standing up for what they believe in: everyone should have enough food to eat. Over the last 10 years ECHOage kids and families have provided over $200,000.00 for Second Harvest. Monthly funds have added up to thousands of young kids in Canada who care about feeding others. ECHOage is so proud of the work we do with Second Harvest and know that the next 10 years will be even more exciting.
Second Harvest is the largest food rescue organization in Canada and a global thought leader on food recovery. With a goal to drastically reduce the amount of food wasted while ensuring people have access to the good, healthy food they need for success, Second Harvest works across the supply chain from farmer to retail to capture surplus food before it ends up in the landfill and negatively impacts our environment.
Posted: February 19, 2018 Filed under: Charity, Charity birthday party, ECHOage Birthday Parties, ECHOage Heroes and Amazing Birthday Ideas, Gifts, kids birthday party ideas, Make-A-Wish Canada, Stories about children, World Wildlife Fund, wwf.ca
ECHOage.com, the better way to celebrate, announced findings of a study of North American charities revealing that kids are important fundraisers for charities – and in many cases are influential when it comes to their parents’ and grandparents’ decisions on charitable giving. Partners such as Make-A-Wish Canada, WWF, and SickKids participated.
ECHOage is fully aware of the impact kids can have and to better understand the relationship between charitable giving and children, ECHOage recently conducted a study of North American charities revealing that:
- 80% of charities believe that kids are capable of being meaningful fundraisers for their charity
- 92% of charities think that teaching kids about fundraising from a young age helps them become more financially responsible
- 68% of charities know of situations where kids have influenced their parents’ or grandparents’ decision to support their charity
- 84% of charities indicate that it’s very important to expose people to fundraising at a young age
“We’ve always known that kids are capable of making an impact – the results of this survey and our $10 million raised in 10 years milestone are proof that when given the tools to give, kids not only mean business but are important stakeholders for North American charities, often influencing decisions of others when it comes to charitable giving,” says Alison Smith, Co-Founder, ECHOage.
ECHOage Kids Raised 10 Million Dollars for Charity
Posted: February 16, 2018 Filed under: Birthday Gifts, Canadian Tire Jumpstart, Charity birthday party, ECHOage Birthday Parties, ECHOage Heroes and Amazing Birthday Ideas, Gifts, kids birthday party ideas
Tyler is our hero
Tyler chose to support a fantastic cause: Canadian Tire Jumpstart.
Canadian Tire Jumpstart helps children between the ages of 4-18 participate in organized sports and physical activities. They assist with the costs associated with registration, equipment and/or transportation for sports and physical activity programming.
But Jumpstart is more than just about getting kids active. It’s about giving kids from families in financial need the same chance to participate as their neighbours, their classmates and their friends. Whether it’s the chance to try a new sport or to continue with a favourite one, no kid should be left out.
His Mom say; “Tyler loves hockey, and choosing a hockey item for his birthday gift just made sense.”
Posted: February 15, 2018 Filed under: Autism Speaks Canada, Charity birthday party, ECHOage Birthday Parties, ECHOage Heroes and Amazing Birthday Ideas, kids birthday party ideas, Stories about children
One of long time partners is Autism Speaks. We work with the incredible people who make this tireless organization special: Jill Farber, Carrie Habert and John Branton. Here are a few words from Carrie about our work together:
“ECHOage occupies the unique position of helping it’s clients as much as it impacts it’s beneficiaries. As birthday hosts chose Autism Speaks Canada as their charity partner, we not only receive donations from the party guests, we make new friends and have the opportunity to spread awareness about autism and the important work that our organization is doing across Canada. The autism community is on the receiving end of the creative and impassioned way that ECHOage is making a difference.”
Posted: February 15, 2018 Filed under: Birthday Gifts, Charity, Charity birthday party, ECHOage Birthday Parties, ECHOage Heroes and Amazing Birthday Ideas, Gifts, kids birthday party ideas, Stories about children
We never forget our friends. Years ago Parents Magazine wrote a great article about ECHOage by Jessie Assimon: Plan A Birthday Party That Gives Back. Parents is an excellent resource for parents provides great information about party places, cake ideas, there’s so much to explore.