July 2019

Bringing joy, hope and dignity to homeless children with the gift of a birthday party.
11 year old recipient of Birthday Dreams mermaid-themed party describes the experience as amazing....

"My birthday was amazing. The decorations were amazing and exciting. The cake was so good and amazing! It tasted amazing, too."
Birthday Dreams GALA
October 26 at 6 PM
Early Bird Pricing through August 31

Birthday Dreams' Annual Gala is on October 26 at
6 PM at the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington. The $85/ticket early bird price is good through August 31. Enjoy this fun night out for a cause.
This is our biggest fundraising event of the year. Help us make it a great success:

Gala questions and ideas can be directed to Teri@birthdaydreams.org
Upcoming Events
Renton River Days | July 26-28 at Liberty Park | Volunteer to Help Out
Join us in spreading the word about Birthday Dreams. Sign up to run a kids activity or to work at our booth.

Giving Canvas | Facebook Auction July 17-July 18
Meenakshi Sinha  is donating to Birthday Dreams in honor of her daughter's birthday via the @thegivingcanvas Facebook on-line auction. Log on to FB on July 17th to view and bid on her painting. Meenakshi will also be donating one of her works to the Gala auction.
Youth Helping Youth | $1000 Community Grant

In support of Take A Young Person to Work Day, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (the foundation) hosted a group of students at their Seattle office. During their visit, the students learned about the foundation’s priorities and community impact and were provided an opportunity to evaluate, and make funding decisions for several grants for the foundation's community relations portfolio. The students chose Birthday Dreams to receive a general operating support grant in the amount of $1,000. Our thanks to the foundation for the grant and the awareness brought to Birthday Dreams, and the students for selecting Birthday Dreams.
Special Request: We are in search of a .NET web developer to help with our new website. Contact Chris@birthdaydreams.org if you are able to donate your time and talent.
Volunteer orientations
Orientations are held at the Birthday Dreams' office at 1084 Kirkland Ave NE in Renton on:
  • Tuesday, August 13 @ 6 PM
  • Saturday, August 17 @ 11 AM
  • Tuesday, September 10 @ 6 PM
  • Saturday, September 14 @ 11 AM

Follow us on Facebook to find out where are needs are from week-to-week.
Join Our Community Events Team
Birthday Dreams is looking for people who like working with people, community outreach, or speaking in public. In order to continue our mission of bringing hope, joy and a sense of self-worth to homeless children with the gift of a birthday party, we need to spread the word about what we do, and our giving and volunteering opportunities.
How can you help spread the word?

  1. Help at events where volunteers are working on projects, such as decorating and filling birthday bags, creating party hats and birthday cards
  2. Help out at a booth and tell people all about Birthday Dreams, who we serve, how we serve them and our giving and volunteering opportunities
  3. Speak to groups such as Rotary and Kiwanis clubs about Birthday Dreams

Contact our community events coordinator Leah Battin for more information.
Volunteer Stories
Jim Waugh started volunteering at Birthday Dreams in January 2019 and in the seven months since he has made over 125 deliveries. To boot, while he is out delivering birthdays-in-a-box, his wife Carol spends time in the office wrapping gifts.

Jim's enthusiasm and commitment is greatly appreciated by Birthday Dreams staff and party recipients alike. Thank you Jim and Carol.
Our thanks Jasmin Bell Smith owner of  Bells Pastries . Jasmin donated her time to judge our 10th Birthday Party cake competition and is now donating her talent by gifting one cake per month to Birthday Dreams. Here is what Jasmin had to say about birthdays...

“Birthdays are so much more than gifts and special treats, it’s a day to acknowledge your existence and to remind yourself, or be reminded of how important you are. Aside from the material things Birthday Dreams provides, more importantly this organization is so important because they remind these children they ARE important and are SO loved. Birthday Dreams gives hope and I am so fortunate to be able to give back through their organization. If you’ve ever taken a birthday or birthday party for granted, Birthday Dreams reminds you the humble gift of your existence.”
Awesome Quotes from Awesome Bakers
"I enjoy helping birthday dreams because I love practicing my baking skills and I think that every child should be able to have a very special day just for them on their birthday. What birthday Dreams does for these kids is absolutely amazing and if I can help make their day special, joyful and happy well then I love to do what I can." -- Nicole Trapp
"I got involved with Birthday Dreams because I believe every kid should have the chance to celebrate their birthday. I love being involved with such a great organization in our community that truly cares about making a difference and making people's lives better. I'm so glad that I get to share my passion for baking and decorating cakes to make someone's day a little brighter." --Brittany Wong
Birthday Dreams Birthday Club
Annual gifts of $250 and more will help restore, if only for a day, a homeless child’s dignity and sense of joy with the gift of a birthday party.

The Birthday Club , our new donor recognition society, is one small way that we are able to celebrate our donors. The donor list is updated quarterly.
Foremost Printing
Use the Promo Code, BDD2K2019 and 10% of the sales to Foremost Printing
will be donated to Birthday Dreams.

Let Foremost Printing help you with your printing needs, for inquires or requests:
Call 206-501-5372
Email: ken@foremostprinting.com

Offer valid through December 31, 2019
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Your everyday purchases can benefit Birthday Dreams when you select Birthday Dreams as your "supporting charity." Learn more .
Birthday Dreams | P. 425-988-3954 | info@birthdaydreams.org | www.birthdaydreams.org
PO Box 2722 | Renton, WA 98056