CRANFORD, NJ – Cranford Girl Scout Cadette Troop 4044 donated 29 birthday gifts to foster children in Union County through their recent partnership with A Birthday Wish.

A Birthday Wish aims to let children in the foster care system know they are special and not forgotten by providing them with requested birthday gifts and cards. The troop chose to partner with a Birthday Wish for their community service project, according to a press release from Troop 4044.

“Our troop was very excited to work with A Birthday Wish!” Stephanie Patterson, troop 40444 leader, said in the press release.  “It’s an organization that our girls can easily relate to and they are proud to help make a difference in their peer’s lives.”

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To complete the project, the troop collected wrapping supplies, the gifts and held a “wrap” party in February. The gifts will be donated to children with March birthdays, according to the press release.

A Birthday Wish was founded by Jane Hoffman, an adoptive parent in Westfield, in partnership  with Court Appointed Special Advocates of Union County. The idea was formed through a conversation with Hoffman’s three young daughters about how to help children in foster care, according to the press release.

“At A Birthday Wish, we believe that every child in foster care deserves to know that their life matters and that they are truly special,” Hoffman said in the press release.  “In the process, we work to raise awareness about the issues surrounding foster care and advocate for better ways to serve these wonderful children. Through the money we raise, and wishes we grant we are able to reach children on their birthday with a message of hope, in celebration of their life.”  

Currently, there are 600 children between birth and age 21 who are in foster care in Union County. For more information, click here.