For her birthday, Kira got a Best Buy gift card and Cancer Free Kids got $205!

Kira’s 10th Birthday

Meet Kira who turned 10 doing what she loves.  Kira chose to support Cancer Free Kids because she is part of the Kindness and Caring Club at her school and she is always looking for new ways to help others.  Cancer Free Kids is working everyday to eradicate cancer as a life-threatening disease in children by funding promising research that might otherwise go unfunded.
Kira chose her birthday gifts – Best Buy gift cards – because she really loves playing on her iTouch and her Nintendo DS, and now she can get more games.

Kira’s mom Ali had this to share about her special daughter:
“Kira has a heart for children who are ill and she wanted to help in any way she could. I love ECHOage because it is an excellent opportunity to open a child’s eyes to the bigger world. It helps them understand that there are people that need our help and this reiterates to her how blessed she is.  My daughter really wants to help others in need, and this was another great opportunity to share her love for people!”

Happy Birthday Kira from everyone at ECHOage who is watching you lead the way. 


For Yo Yo’s 5th Birthday he got MC Hammer Pants, A San Francisco Giants T-Shirt, LEGO and Books for Africa got $300.

Yo Yo’s Hip Hop Hippity Hop 5th birthday was a blast.  A party in the park in support of Books for Africa for this inspiring young little boy.

Happy 5th Birthday to you Yo Yo!

When asked why he chose to support Books for Africa he said,

“ I liked donating to Books for Africa because there are kids who don’t have any books and it made me happy to help kids, like me, get new books.”

Yo Yo’s birthday gift is helping to end the book famine in Africa. 

At age 5 (that’s right, age 5), Yo Yo is spreading importance of literacy.

Because of you Yo Yo, there is a sweet young boy who will be getting the gift of books all because you chose to make a difference at your ECHOage birthday party.

We hope you are dancing around in your MC Hammer pants right now, feeling proud to be a young leader (and reader).

A Hip Hop Happity Birthday to you Yo Yo.


For Abbey’s 6th birthday, she got Monster High toys and Critter Camp got $220!

Abbey with the gifts she chose.

Abbey is from New Jersey and just celebrated her 6th birthday. Her loving mother Michele said it best…So we have to quote her:

“Abbey was so happy to have an ECHOage party. When her dad and I told her about it she gave us a great big YES. Abbey is huge animal lover and picked her charity very easily. She was excited to help Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary. Every time I told her someone had just RSVP’d to her party, her arms went up in the air and she yelled, “Yeah, I saved an animal.” We are so proud of her as are her friends and family. We hope this wonderful idea spreads to some of her party guests. Her sister Emily’s party coming up this month is also an ECHOage party.  What a wonderful concept.”

Thank you Michele.  And Thank You Abbey.  Many animals, many kids, your friends, your guests and every body at ECHOage thanks you for the wonderful thing you have done.


Jack’s 9th Birthday: He gets an Ipod Touch and Grassroot Soccer gets $157.00

 

In Jack’s words:

“I wanted to support Grassroot Soccer because I love soccer! I wanted an iPod touch because I always wanted an iPod SO BAD, so I could get lots of apps, and play all my favorite songs.”

In Elizabeth’s words (wonderful mom to Jack):

“I was so proud that Jack jumped right on the idea of raising money with his birthday party. He was excited to talk to his friends about giving donations and how half the money would help him get an iPod – which he had been begging us for – and the other half would go to help an organization that taught important lessons around the world through soccer. Jack has been playing soccer for practically his entire life, his dad is a coach, and this year he plays on a travel team. He was thrilled to see a charity that involved soccer on the list and I was happy to have the chance to discuss HIV/AIDS with him. I think it’s amazing how much money he raised with his birthday party. It’s also a wonderful side benefit to not have a bunch of extra toys we didn’t really need crowding the house.”

Happy 9th Birthday Jack! And thank you, Elizabeth.  Many others will be following in your footsteps.


Friends help friends through a birthday party. Autism Speaks got $265. Paloma and Ariana got a new Swing Set!

Paloma and Ariana

It is easy to help a friend in need, even when you are only 3! Just ask these twins, Paloma and Ariana, and their wonderful mom, Tara.  They have a friend, a boy, with moderate to severe Autism.  He has been receiving therapy and support and has made so much progress. “He is such an amazing, happy, sweet child.” says Tara. “We wanted to give back in any way we could and hoped that other children with Autism will receive the help and support our friend did. So we chose Autism Speaks Canada.”  Tara also felt a swing set would be a great gift for her girls: “We thought it would be the perfect gift since it will last for many years and also be used by the friends who helped our girls get it for their birthday,” added Tara.  We usually congratulate children on our blog, and their incredible impact, but today we thank you, Tara.  Your words are ever lasting.


Hockey for Heart. For Ryan’s 7th Birthday, He Got Skylanders and Lego Ninjago and CARE Scored $390.

For Ryan’s birthday party he chose to support the charity CARE. Ryan’s Mom said, “After viewing CARE’s commercial, Ryan was moved to action when he saw how one hand can help another.”

Great things certainly can happen when we lend a hand and Ryan’s All-Star line up of birthday buddies helped CARE achieve their goals or defending dignity and fighting poverty.  Way to go Ryan. 

Thanks Ryan for being such a great team player and for lending your hand to this very meaningful charity.  We hope that you have tons of fun playing and inventing with your Skylanders and Lego Ninjago.

Happy 7th Birthday Ryan.


For Shoshana’s 7th Beading Birthday Party, She Got Arts and Crafts and Children’s Peace Theatre Got $321!

Kids were invited to create a beading masterpiece at Shoshana’s beading birthday party.   We love seeing creativity in action.

Shoshana chose to support Children’s Peace Theatre because, “I looked through all of the different charities and it just seemed like the best fit.  I think Peace is great.  To me, peace means being kind to each other and caring for one another.”  We are so proud of you Shoshona for being a leader at such a young age.

The mission of Children’s Peace Theatre is to create a culture of peace by engaging children and youth in the practice of theatre and art.   By working and playing together in creating theatre, kids learn to transform conflict with creativity, courage, and compassion.

A standing ovation for you Shoshana for helping to bring peace and play and creativity to the lives of young children.  Bravo!