Birthday Buddies of Western New York
As a retired teacher, Erin Grady wished to continue working with children as a way to give back to the community which is her home. She reached out to family and friends who encouraged her to pursue her vision. With the help of DeLynn Walker, her sister, Birthday Buddies of Western New York, Inc. was born!
We believe that an investment in our most important resource – our children – the future of Buffalo and Western New York is essential. Through caseworker feedback we know our efforts are appreciated. Parents have sent thank you cards. Children have laughed. Friends have joined and excited chatter “about who is next” fills the halls of the shelters we serve.
This nonprofit project is a year long monthly birthday program for children in a residential shelter. It is designed to foster children’s self-esteem by providing a special day and recognizing that all children should have the simple joys of life and life’s rites of passage. This project provides an entire birthday celebration for children ages 1-18.
All residents of the shelter are invited to participate in the event. This includes a decorated party space, age appropriate games and activities, music and song, a specialized cake, a personalized birthday photograph, candid pictures throughout the event, and presents selected to fulfill the celebrant’s birthday wishes.