Noah is smiling – he turned 7 at his birthday, got a Kindle, and Smile Train got $250!

Noah turned 7!

Noah lives in Boise, Idaho.  This year he wanted his birthday party to be much more than a fabulous celebration. Noah chose to give half of the funds raised at his party to Smile Train, a charity that provides free cleft surgery to hundreds of thousands of children in developing countries.  Some kids cannot eat, or speak properly.  Some kids face very difficult lives filled with shame, isolation, pain and heartache.  The good news is every single child with a cleft can be helped with surgery that costs as little as $250. Seven year old Noah has now changed the life of a little child needing cleft surgery.

Not a surprise, Noah’s parents are extremely proud of him.  He bought a Kindle for his birthday present, so he can read even more, and he made it possible for a child to smile again. Noah, there are many others who are very proud of you today.  Everyone at ECHOage is smiling for you, too.

Smile Train

For Zack’s 9th laser tag birthday party, he got an iPod and Jacob’s Ladder got $160.

Zack was passionate about helping Jacob’s Ladder as he has a personal connection to Jacob and wanted to do something to help.

Zack’s 9th birthday party.

Not every nine year old chooses to fund research, awareness, education and treatment for neurodegenerative illnesses.  But this nine year old chose to celebrate his birthday with his friends and make a difference by supporting this tremendous charity’s mission.

We are certainly inspired by Zack, and of course Jacob who has touched the lives of countless people both young – and not so young – with his loving nature and enormous smile. 

Getting an iPod was certainly icing on the cake for Zack.  Nothing like the gift of music and video games to keep a nine year old moving and shaking.

Zack, we thank you for making your Laser Tag birthday party an event that will have lasting impact for Jacob’s Ladder and all of your friends who helped make this birthday party extra special.

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.

A Brand New E-Reader and $375 for Action Against Hunger for Finn’s 6th Birthday Bonanza.

Finn got an E-Reader and Action Against Hunger got $375

Finn and his friends had extreme fun at an indoor sports playground to usher in his 6th birthday party.

Finn chose to support Action Against Hunger because he “wanted to help people who didn’t have any food so they wouldn’t go hungry.”

Action Against Hunger’s vision is of a world without hunger. A world in which all children and adults have sufficient food and water, equitable access to the resources that sustain life, and are able to attain these with dignity.

Seems like at the young age of six, Finn is all about taking action! We are very proud of you Finn for turning your celebration into a birthday party that will keep on giving for years to come.

We would love to hear what is on your e-reading list this year. In fact, we would love for you to be our first ever kids book reviewer.   Share any e-book review you like with us simply by clicking on the comment box and we will share your thoughts with other young, generous readers and leaders.

Happy 6th Birthday Finn!