This past Saturday I had the pleasure of volunteering with The Birthday Party Project, a wonderful organization based in Dallas, Texas.
The Birthday Party Project's mission is to bring joy to homeless children through the magic of birthdays. The organization has been around for 4 years and has celebrated over 3,000 birthdays with over 19,000 partygoers in attendance. In all, 7,500 "birthday enthusiasts" have volunteered to take part in these wonderful celebrations. The Birthday Party Project is now active in 11 cities around the country -- and Washington, DC was recently added to that list!
I had been following the Birthday Party Project's progress for about two years and was VERY excited when I received an email notifying me they were launching a DC chapter. I would finally be able to become a "birthday enthusiast" and align myself with an organization that shares many similar values. (Their Instagram hashtag is #joychangeslives. How can you not get on board with that?!)
So while I couldn't make it to the first party in July, last Saturday I drove down to Nationals Park to take part in the August birthday celebration. The Nationals has been kind enough to donate tickets, giveaways, food (hot dogs, funnel cakes, cotton candy - you name it!), and even organized a visit from Screech, the Nats' mascot.
It might have been 95 degrees out, but none of us cared as the kids made posters, ate all sorts of food (including yummy Bundtinis from Nothing Bundt Cake), and cheered on the Nats. For most of the kids (if not all), it was their first time at a professional baseball game so they sat back and took in the experience, observing all of the action on the field and on the big screen.
It was a wonderful day full of smiles and celebration. I can't wait until I get to participate in another party!
If you'd like to learn more about how you can help The Birthday Party Project bring joy to more children, please click here.