For their birthday, brothers Justin and Nathan got fantastic gifts, and The Association to Benefit Children got $255.

Brother get new toys and raised 255 for The Association to Benefit Children

Brothers celebrating together.

These brothers from Virginia are back! How exciting to see them turn 8 this year and ECHOage their birthday party once again! This time they chose The Association to Benefit Children because, in their words, “we really wanted to help other kids!”  They bought action figures, Exploderz, and Robert Griffin III Jerseys with their birthday money.  Lisa, their Mom, says: “We are proud of them, and we love that they are learning to give to others.” Happy Birthday Justin and Nathan!  Those jerseys will look so good on you!

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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 their 7th birthday, Dylan and Jacob got a Nintendo DS, Mariokart and Super Mario. Autism Speaks got $797.50!

Twins Jacob and Dylan decided to turn 7 in a very special way.  Talk about making an impact!  Who would ever think that two seven year old boys could give so much to children and families suffering from Autism? Ask Jacob and Dylan…
Jacob: ” I wanted to help Autism Speaks because it is really sad that there are kids who can’t talk or even know when something is funny, so we should help them.”
Dylan: “Autism is a really hard thing, and it is hard for the Mommies and Daddies too, so we want to help so that the scientists can continue their work more and more.”
Jenn, their loving Mom, is beaming with pride:
“When I explained to the boys what Autism is, and how it effects some of our closest friends and family, and that the money from their birthday party would help fund research that could one day help people we love, they didn’t hesitate.  They both thought it was a great idea. As a parent, you always question whether you are raising your children properly.  You want to teach them to be good people, but you are never sure if the lessons are getting through.  The experience with ECHOage really made me feel like I was really doing something right…I have never been so proud in my life.”
Jacob and Dylan

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 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.


For Saahil’s 2nd birthday he fed hungry children and got a backyard play space to call his own.

Saahil’s parents wanted to give their two year old son the biggest gift of all – the opportunity to experience how good it feels to help others.

A breakfast volunteer from Eel Ground First Nation School shares a bit about Canadian Feed the Children and how Saahil and others like him are making such a big difference.

“The breakfast program has made a huge impact on our school and community. I cannot imagine working with these children every day without the breakfast program to help them through the day. Now, the children not only look forward to attending school but are much better prepared physically and mentally to challenge the rigors of the school day. Thank you once again for your invaluable contribution to our children’s future.”

There was not shortage of outdoor fun and friendship at this birthday party.  Saahil, we thank you and your family for sharing your birthday celebration with us and for inspiring other little people to get the gift of their dreams while helping a charity in need.

Happy 2nd birthday Saahil.  We are so proud of you!


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!