Make A Birthday Wish Grants our Clients' wishes!
EHP is grateful for our partnership with Make a Birthday Wish. The organization makes wishes come true for the children we serve every month.
Make a Birthday Wish was founded in 2009 by Yasmine Davis and her mom Nike McDonald. Make a Birthday Wish started with the McDonald family providing local low income families with toys and gifts and has now expanded to 5 local shelters and Toy Drives supported by the community. Make a Birthday Wish is a registered 501c3 tax-exempt organization. Make a Birthday Wish's mission to provide low income and homeless children with birthday gifts.
Back to School – we help our clients’ children get ready to start the school year in a positive way by providing fully stocked new backpacks, shopping trips for school clothes and uniforms, and a new school shoes program.
Holiday Happiness – we help brighten holidays for our clients’ children with various events throughout the year including an Easter basket program, a wonderful Christmas holiday party, and a toy & teen gifts donation program.
Crisis Referrals – children often make our staff aware of crises in their families. We refer the children to support services for their own needs (e.g. counseling) and we make referrals for adult family members. This is a program we seek to expand, providing a wider range of referral options, transportation for children, and follow up.
Pack The Bag program enables children to receive nutritional easy-to-prepare and/or ready-to-eat food during the weekends. A growing problem in our local community – children and students go home on Friday and do not receive adequate nutrition until they return to school on the following Monday.
Celebrating Success – our staff often learns of an important celebration for a child – graduation, appearance in a school play, etc. - that no adult is able to attend. Our staff attends the function to cheer the child on, sometimes providing a small check to mark a milestone in the child’s life. This is a program we seek to expand, serving more children and publicizing their accomplishments. Sadly, we often provide similar support for children attending funerals.
Health and Enrichment – as part of our intake and case management processes we often become aware of a child’s health needs or interests in enrichment activities (sports, arts, etc.). We would like to greatly expand our ability to provide referrals, transportation (often a major stumbling block for our clients), sports or arts equipment, and scholarships for fees.
Please contact us to find out more about our children's programs!
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