December 2018
Bringing joy, hope and dignity to homeless children with the gift of a birthday party.
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Thank you to Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Star 101.5
Thank you for STAR 101.5 and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra
We are so incredibly grateful to have been selected as one of the benefiting charities for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) Sunday afternoon show on November 25th! A huge thank you to STAR 101.5, TSO and the newly remodeled Tacoma Dome for your support of Birthday Dreams.



Other generous donations:
  • Thank you to the Lynn C Hall Giving Back Fund for selecting Birthday Dreams for a generous $5000 donation. The Seattle Foundation presented the check.
  • Birthday Dreams received a $1000 donation/grant from Enterprise Holding Foundation. The check was presented by Sara Baydek-Hicks. (Pictured to the right.)
  • #GivingTuesday, November 27th kicked off the holiday giving season. Thank you to all who contributed to help reach our $1000 goal.
HomeStreet Bank #Banksgiving
Thank you to HomeStreet

Birthday Dreams was selected as one of five non-profits to receive a $500 donation form HomeStreet Bank in their #Banksgiving #Bankful contest. Thank you for the nomination.

Makers-In-Action #MIA
Local girls working hard to give back
MIA is a creative, hard-working, entrepreneurial group of girls, ages 11-14. The girls worked together to design, create and sell hand-crafted items at the Hassel Free Holiday Bazaar at the Renton Community Center on November 16-17. They earned $330 and donated 50% of those proceeds to Birthday Dreams in the form of gift cards. The gift cards will be used as birthday gifts for kids their own age. Thank you to these amazing girls who are making a difference in our community.

Congratulations to MIA for making the front page of the Renton Reporter on Friday, November 30th.
Makers- In-Action
Custom designed and hand-made crafts
Generous donation of gift cards
Volunteer Highlight - Liz Mitchell
Liz shares her card making skills, leading volunteer groups in making beautifully custom-crafted birthday cards for Birthday Dreams recipients. In October alone, Liz hosted seven Microsoft Micro-Give card making events where 150 Microsoft employees donated their "lunch hour" to make 298 cards. To boot, Microsoft will make a cash donation to match the volunteer hours.
Liz said, "I’ve been a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator for six years and absolutely love it. It allows me to spend time with my girls creating fun cards and gifts for their friends and classmates. I also enjoy time with my grownup friends gathering together to connect, catch up and craft. Now, thanks to Birthday Dreams, I get to share my love of card-making with new friends, with the end goal of bringing a smile to a child’s face – it really doesn’t get much better than this!"
Liz, who had been on hiatus from card-making to focus on her family, says, "Volunteering this past month for Birthday Dreams has reignited my spark and reminded me of how good it feels to connect with people and share what I love."
Liz and her family on a recent vacation.
October Micro-Give event
Redmond WA, Microsoft campus.
Beautiful cards made by the volunteers
Welcome Erin Johnson
Erin, pictured third from the left, and her family
Erin has lived in the great Pacific Northwest for 30+ years. Like many of us, Erin had long-desired to find a meaningful way to connect with and give back to her community. Recently, she found some extra time on her hands and reached to Birthday Dreams to volunteer. The timing was perfect.

Erin has a degree in communications and has spent the past decade of her professional career in a marketing and corporate communications role. Erin will officially take responsibility for our monthly newsletter in January 2019. Welcome, Erin!
We want to extend a huge Thank You to Tara Beckwith who has been instrumental in creating the newsletter for Birthday Dreams. Although she is stepping down from her work with the newsletter she will continue to work with the annual Gala and other projects.  
Give the holiday gift that gives back
Give a birthday smile and memories to a deserving child.
A holiday gift could provide birthday joy to a homeless child. Shop our donation levels, from goodie bags to celebrate birthdays all year long. Your support can make a difference.
Be part of our 2018 Birthday Club
Being homeless shouldn't mean you don't matter, especially on your birthday.

Help us ensure that Birthday Dreams is here for the long-term, bringing birthday smiles to children traumatized by homelessness.

ANNUAL GIVING LEVELS:
Be our FRIEND - $250 - $499
Be a CHAMPION - $500 - $999
Be our HERO - $1000 - $4999
Be a SUPERHERO - $5000 & Up

Gifts can be pledged monthly or quarterly.


We launched the Birthday Dreams Birthday Club on October 6, 2018 at our annual Gala to further honor our donors. Donations made from October 6, 2018 through December 31, 2018 go toward the inaugural 2018 Birthday Club eligibility. Donors in the 2018 Club will be recognized in 2019. It's not too late to join the inaugural Club, consider making a donation as part of your yer-end giving.

Donations made between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019 will go toward the 2019 Club.

In addition to giving the gift of a smile to a homeless child, as a member of the Club, we will provide you will additional insights into how your funds are being put to use, including real-life stories of the children your donation has helped. As well, we will recognize you in our our annual report, monthly newsletter, on our website and on our donor wall. As always, you also have the option to remain anonymous.
Holiday Giving
Are your or your company planning a holiday event? If so, make it charitable by asking your guests to bring a donation in support of Birthday Dreams.

We can always use
$5-$25 gift cards, party supplies, unwrapped gifts/toys and more!
Please consider a year-end donation to Birthday Dreams. As a reminder, the deadline to qualify for a 2018 tax credit* is Monday, December 31.

*For questions on qualifying contributions contact your tax professional.
Shop smile.amazon.com and select Birthday Dreams as the charity you support and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to Birthday Dreams. It adds up!

Shop our Amazon Office and Toys & Gifts wish lists to view and purchase
frequently requested items.
Did you have a good time at the Gala?
Beautiful Gala Photos Now Available
Photographs from our October 6th Gala are posted to our homepage. Check out how glamorous everyone looks.

Our thanks to Rachelle Erickson of Rachelle Erickson Photography for donating her time and photography services to capture the event.

SAVE THE DATE - Gala 2019
Reserve your sponsorship/table/seats now
Volunteer Opportunities and Orientations
Join us and help bring birthday magic to homeless children in King County!

Upcoming Volunteer Orientations
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 6:00 PM
Saturday, December 15, 2018 11:00 AM
Upcoming Meetings

Marketing/Development & 10th Birthday Committee Meeting
Thursday, December 6th @ 6:30 PM at 1084 Kirkland Ave NE Renton, WA

Share Your Skills
Get involved with Birthday Dreams! Share your passion and talents; volunteer your services.
Click here for ways to get involved.

Awesome Cakes
Mermaid cake from
Clever Chicks Confections
NASA cake and cookies from Kristine Kisky, Annabelle Kisky and CJ Kisky.
Dinosaur cake with flaming volcano candles by
Britt Oswald
10% of proceeds go to Birthday Dreams when you use code BDD2K018



Foremost Printing helps Birthday Dreams give the gift of a birthday party to homeless children by donating a portion of their sales to Birthday Dreams!
 
10% of the sales of all printing business using promo code BDD2K018 comes directly to us. This is an ongoing offer, so when printing needs come up, call Foremost Printing at 206-501-5372. Files or inquiries can be emailed to ken@foremostprinting.com

Offer Expires 12/31/2018
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PO Box 2722 | Renton, WA 98056