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.
Did you know that some of the invitations on ECHOage were designed by Etsy Artisans.
Check out our invitations to see the designs.
In the words of Alex’s mom:
We sorted through all the charity logos and explained what each charity was about. Alex pointed to the ones she wanted to know more about and we selected some to show her as well. We were hoping to support a charity with a local presence, and Make-a-Wish had photos and stories that spoke to us; to Alex. We work hard to instil the right values at home, and charitable giving is one of those core values. Alex liked the idea of doing a good deed as part of her birthday celebrations, once we explained how EchoAge worked.
“Giving Alex a doll house was almost as much my dream as it was her’s”, laughed Alex’s mom, Andee. “Firstly, the thought of getting a slew of random gifts that might be duplicates of what we already have, or that don’t come with gift receipts, was just something I wanted to avoid. Secondly, having a collabourative gift allowed us to actually afford the doll house. Lastly, it’s no longer the trend to open gifts at a kid’s party anymore, for fear of the birthday boy or girl having a poor reaction to the opened gift. In our case, everyone pitched in to get Alex something they knew she wanted, so we reincorporated this party tradition and all our guests got to see my daughter’s excitement as she opened her gift. It gave everyone so much joy to see the doll house they helped buy for her.”
To Alex and Andee and the whole family, ECHOage is so thrilled you loved this idea for birthdays, thrilled you chose Make-A-Wish Canada and just as excited as you are about THE DOLL HOUSE! XO Love ECHOage
Meet Matan. He’s 6 years old. If you want to feel inspired, just think of him. He chose to support Kayla’s Children’s Centre for his ECHOage party. The reason he chose to support this wonderful cause?
“Because I love them and I want them to feel better and good. When they go to the doctor they can pay so they can feel better.”
Kids like Matan help open our eyes. Kayla’s Children’s Centre empowers children with special needs to develop life enhancing skills, self-esteem, and confidence. Thank you Matan for raising awareness, and much needed funds, for this amazing ECHOage partner. We’re so proud of you. Happy Birthday Matan! Love ECHOage XO
Kayla’s Children Centre was founded in May 2017 as a non-profit organization that resulted from the merger of the Zareinu Educational Center of Metropolitan Toronto (founded in 1989) and Project AIM Programs (founded in 2007). Both shared a passionate desire to empower children with special needs to develop life enhancing skills, self-esteem, and confidence. Recognizing their synergies, Zareinu and Project AIM concluded that as a single entity they could be a dream come true for children with special needs and their families, providing everything they require under one roof, year round, in a state-of-the-art facility.
ECHOage is thrilled to announce our new partnership with UNICEF Canada.
UNICEF is on a mission to reach every child and ensure their well-being, no matter where they are in this world. There’s no limit to the lengths UNICEF will go, the risks we’ll take or the depth of our commitment to save children’s lives. By plane, boat or foot, we reach the poorest, most vulnerable children in the world’s most inaccessible places, bringing them simple, life-saving essentials like vaccines and clean water. We are committed to take action, save, rehabilitate and watch over children, with a special attention to the most vulnerable and excluded groups. UNICEF utilizes its influence not only to provide safety for children in need, but also to make a noticeable change in their overall outlook on life. UNICEF believes that if we create a safe, nurturing environment, then every child will get a chance in life regardless of circumstances. As part of the UN, we are active in more countries and have saved more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization.
And already parties are being booked on ECHOage in support of UNICEF Canada. They have their very own ECHOage hero. Sophia, age 5, is already advocating for a cause she believes in. Sophia chose UNICEF Canada so she could help other children around the world. For her birthday gift she chose to “a trip” because she loves to travel with her family. Sophia. we know you are just getting started. And age 5 is certainly a good time to start. Love ECHOage XO
Hey ECHOage Kids and Families…Did you know you can ECHOage any event. You’re 40th birthday, your aunt’s upcoming bridal shower, your grandpa’s 80th birthday. And check out our slider. Slide to 100% for charity if you wish, or any amount! Have fun testing our features and checking out our invitations. Love ECHOage XO
ECHOage has a wonderful partner that not enough people know about: The Speech and Stuttering Institute. There is a girl who you may not know about and she is generous and thoughtful and kind. This girl wants to raise awareness for this important cause.
Meet Stella. She’s 9 years old. She is our hero. Stella donated ALL her birthday funds to The Speech and Stuttering Institute. That means that she took the funds that would ordinarily be for her (to buy a gift) and she gave them to The Speech and Stuttering Institute. Why? Because she wants more people to know about stuttering. Stella, we are very inspired by you. We congratulate you. We salute you. XO Love ECHOage