PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Plainfield YMCA, in partnership with The Birthday Box, a non-profit organization based in Westfield, hosted a "It's Everyone's Birthday" party at the Plainfield YMCA (518 Watchung Ave) on Friday, Aug. 21.
“We celebrated all of the kids' birthdays today,“ said YMCA Youth Development Director Geeta Mangal. “Some children and their families can not afford a cake or [afford] to celebrate their child’s birthday so we did it as a Y event. Each child will go home with a cupcake, a birthday hat, enjoy pizza, music and their friends”.
The Birthday Box organization has worked closely with the Plainfield YMCA to provide music, 44 pizza boxes, 150 cupcakes and birthday gifts for all the children that participate in the Plainfield YMCA’s summer camp program. This event marks the Birthday Box's fourth "It's Everyone's Birthday" party with more to come.
“Thanks to Ferarro’s Pizza in Plainfield (600 Park Ave #3), ShopRite of Clark and Shughes Entertainment for their support of The Birthday Box,” said Jennifer Wilner, vice-president, secretary and treasurer at the Birthday Box.
The Plainfield YMCA has partnered with the Birthday Box for the last three years according to Stacy A. Reh, associate executive director at the Plainfield YMCA.
“They started with our foster care program by providing birthday cakes, decorations and presents for all the kids - which has been wonderful so far. They bring a box, usually a day or two before the child's birthday, and they give it to us to give to the foster parent. [The Birthday Box] asks for nothing in return. This is now the second year in a row that they have partnered with our summer camp program and they literally throw a birthday party for everyone,” Reh said.
The Birthday Box is a 501c3 non-profit organization that, according to its website, “provides children in need with an opportunity to blow out candles and make a birthday wish on his or her special day.” The organization was started in 2010 by Westfield mom’s Stacy Bergerman and Jennifer Wilner and has assembled and delivered more than 1,000 birthday boxes since.
The idea of “the Birthday Box” came to Bergerman when she was celebrating her son’s fourth birthday. Bergerman noticed the amount of gifts her son had received and began to wonder about other children who may be less fortunate children and not be able to afford a party.With the help of Wilner, Bergerman decided to start an organization that will give those that may be less fortunate a birthday party.
To learn more or participate in the Birthday Box program, visit www.thebirthdaybox.org. Like the Birthday Box on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheBirthdayBox and follow them on twitter at @TheBdayBox. You can also contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.