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 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 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.


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.


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!


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.