For Ethan’s 9th birthday he got an electric scooter and helmet and Autism Speaks got $450!

You spoke Ethan, and your family and friends listened, and took action.  They rallied around and helped you to support a cause near and dear to your heart.  A community united makes for a powerful and memorable birthday party.

Ethan’s birthday party in support of Autism Speaks.

In his own words, Ethan shares his passion for helping to find the missing pieces of the Autistic puzzle…

“I chose to support Autism Speaks because my uncle Matt, who is one of my best friends was born with Autism.  So many kids are born with Autism and I want to help Dr.’s find out why and find a cure.  This was the best party of my life.  All kids should give to a charity.  It felt so good to raise $450.00 and I love my electric scooter!”

Ethan’s ECHOage Award!

Ethan, at nine years of age, you have already made contributions that will last a lifetime.  A loving nephew, a young leader and a creative soul.

The beat goes on thanks to you and your generous spirit.

Enjoy your electric scooter and a giant 9th Happy Birthday to you, Ethan!


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.


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!


For Abby’s 8th Birthday, Because I Am A Girl got $110 and She Got a Bounty of New Books.

We love to hear about new birthday party themes.  And Abby’s certainly takes the cake.  Butterflies were the main event at this party. They played butterfly games – wrapping girls up in paper cocoons having them race to emerge as butterflies, they ate butterfly cookies and even had a butterfly scavenger hunt. Creativity at its finest.

Making a difference at age 8!

8 year old Abby said, “I chose to support Because I Am A Girl because I think girls should have the same rights as boys all over the world, and not just in certain places.”  Abby, we couldn’t agree any more.  And we are thrilled that you chose to share your thoughts about this with friends and family on your special day.

Abby loves to read.  Anything and everything! With her funds raised at her birthday party, Abby is going to buy a whole new bounty of books. We can’t think of a better gift for this beautiful butterfly.

Did you know October 11th is International Day of the Child Girl?  It only takes ONE girl to change the word. Thank you Abby for making a difference at such a young age.


Brilliant Birthday Boy – A Lego Hogwarts Castle for Ethan, and $165.00 for Make-A-Wish.

Happy Birthday Ethan!

Nothing beats feeling proud of yourself, especially for children.  Ethan turned 6 and made sure that other children would benefit from his birthday. He spent a long time looking through the list of 120 charities and schools on the ECHOage site, and insisted on Make-A-Wish Foundation. His mom told us that: “Ethan feels badly that some kids are so busy going to doctors appointments,” and he wanted to raise funds to buy something for them to play with while in hospital. Ethan’s contribution will help buy fantastic toys for children in hospitals. Ethan LOVES Harry Potter, and he has wanted the big Lego Hogwarts Castle for some time.  What an amazing boy you are Ethan!  Turning 6, celebrating, giving, and doing what you love.  Everyone at ECHOage is smiling today because of you.


Birthday Bliss – A scooter for Lily and new funding for WWF.

This year Lily turned 6.  She celebrated with her 4th ECHOage party!  Talk about commitment. This amazing girl comes back and chooses a different charity, and a different gift, each year.  “I chose WWF this year because I love animals and nature and I wanted to protect the world and the animals, especially dolphins,” said Lily about her generous $153.00 contribution.  She told us that she loves to go fast on her brand new scooter, and she wanted a Razor because: “I want to be like a big kid.” Lily, everyone at ECHOage thinks you are big, kind and something special.  We see you come back every year, and we see that as you grow, you grow more aware of the world around you.  You gave a meaningful gift to us, just by how you celebrated, so thank you Lily.  And, HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEET GIRL!


The Triple Crown Birthday Party – Horseback riding lessons, saving animals and a love of nature.

After spending a summer getting to meet and see lots of different animals at camp, through her travels with her family and many visits to the Zoo, Isabel felt really strongly about wanting to help animals. “I love animals and I wanted to help them so they don’t disappear”

For her 7th birthday, Isabel will be getting Riding Lessons and WWF will be getting $215.  We can’t think of a better gift for Isabel to get from all of her friends.

Isabel starts horseback riding lessons for the fall next week. She fell in love with riding while away with her family in Banff National Park this summer (seeing lots of animals – bears, elk, deer, mountain goats).  She is most excited about “learning how to take care of a horse and brushing it”

Happy 7th birthday Isabel. 


For her birthday, Grace got new headphones and The Children’s Oncology Camping Association got $385.00!

Grace got Beats by Dre for her Birthday

Grace is from Deerfield, Illinois. She just turned 8. She celebrated her birthday with all her friends who got to watch a fabulous magic show. Her favorite part of the party was watching the magician put needles in a balloon! In this photo she is holding up her ECHOage award. Grace raised $385.00 for The Children’s Oncology Camping Association, International AND got Beats By Dre Headphones for herself. She chose to support COCA-I because she likes camp and she wanted children who have cancer to get the chance to go to camp, too. Grace, we all want to follow in your footsteps. Everyone at ECHOage wishes Grace a very happy 8th birthday. We can’t wait to see what Grace does when she turns 9…


For his birthday, Grant got an Itouch. Kids In Distressed Situations got $207.50.


Grant turned 6 at his Lazer Quest birthday party this summer. He is from Midlothian, Virginia and he knows how to celebrate. He chose to get an Itouch because: “I don’t have any of my own electronics. I usually have to borrow my Mom or my Dad’s.” He chose to support Kids In Distressed Situations because: “there are kids with little food, and little water, and not even a place to sleep.”

Everyone at ECHOage wishes Grant a very big Happy 6th Birthday! Grant, we feel you are a true example of the words we live by: you’re never too small to make a big impact.