Our six answers to the same question.

How do you tell a privileged kid from a kid living in poverty?

The extra thirty-million words a privileged kid hears by age five.

How do you tell a privileged kid from a kid living in poverty?

Their birthday parties.

How do you tell a privileged kid from a kid living in poverty?

Their enrichment programs.

How do you tell a privileged kid from a kid living in poverty?

Their high school graduation rates.

Caitlyn at 9!

GiftsToGive_April3-2015 008Last Saturday morning we met a most remarkable girl, who did a most amazing thing!

We asked her Mom for details: “Caitlyn is a third grader at Pulaski Elementary School and she recently celebrated her 9th birthday. Caitlyn decided that she wanted to ask her friends to donate toys or clothing to GiftsToGive rather than receive gifts for herself. Through volunteering at Gifts to Give with her family, Caitlyn has realized the importance of giving to others”

Caitlyn says: “There are so many needy children with no special toys. I am lucky to have more than I ever wanted. These children are very brave. I wish that these toys will give them a happy surprise on their birthday!

Listening to Five Year-old Elmire

giftstogive_january17-2015_Kelli-and-ElmireWe just met two remarkable women; Kellie, an ageless beauty and Elmore, a five year-old beauty, brainiac and philanthropist.

Elmire had a birthday party last week and in her own words, told us: ” I just turned 5. I had a birthday party and I asked all of my friends to bring something to donate to GiftsToGive instead of a gift for me. It made me feel good inside.”

Dominik and Konlin Turn Five – But Wait – There’s More!

Dominik and Konlin

Dominik and Konlin

Turning five years-old is something very special. Especially for twins! Understanding philanthropy at five … well talk about making our day!

Saturday afternoon, two ball players arrived at the mill with a zillion brand new toys in tow. They explained to us that they wanted to help children who were not as fortunate as they were and who might not get a birthday present.

Parents Kathryn and Dennis had this to say – “Our boy’s just turned five years old and had a wonderful party with family and friends. We have been truly blessed with two wonderful healthy boys, a loving family and many friends. We know that there are many in the community that are less fortunate than us, and we feel it is important to help others and give back whenever possible. 

10 Year-Old Birthday Star Elizabeth

10 Year Old Birthday Star Elizabeth, sister and friends

10 Year Old Birthday Star Elizabeth, sister and friends

Ten year-old Elizabeth celebrated her birthday in a most amazing way!

She kept presents from her family, and asked friends to bring a birthday gift that she could give to GiftsToGive™ for their Happy Birthday Program.

Four year-old Austa taught us a thing or two about giving and sharing!

4 Year Old Austa Shares Her Birthday Presents

4 Year Old Austa Shares Her Birthday Presents

Four year-old Austa taught us several things about giving and sharing!

Paige sets a most perfect example!

Paige is a SuperHero to us!

Paige is a SuperHero to us!

Eight year-old Paige, did something amazing on her birthday.

Her parents held a party and Paige asked her friends to bring a new birthday present for a GiftsToGive child, who would not ordinarily receive a gift on their birthday.

Abby shares her birthday – again!

Abby and Family

Abby and Family

Nine year-old Abby is in the 4th grade and lives over an hour away from New Bedford.

For lots of children, their birthdays are just another day!

Remember your best birthday?

Remember your best birthday?

You can help change that.

Over 30,000 SouthCoast children live in poverty, for a lot of these children their birthdays go unrecognized.

Do your children or grandchildren, nieces or nephews, get more gifts on their birthday than they will ever need or use or even play with? Is there a grown-up in your life that deserves a HUGE birthday party and your guests could bring educational and scientific toys and books for children?

Nate helps others for his birthday

Superhero Nate!

Superhero Nate!

When Nate invited friends to his birthday party, he asked them to bring gifts of new socks and underwear for boys and girls who didn’t have the things that they all had.

A child’s birthday is a very special day!

No birthday this year

No birthday this year

A child’s birthday is a very special day. Its acknowledgement is important to the development of self-esteem, and we know that self-esteem begins at home, and that healthy self-esteem is critical to a child’s ability to develop and learn successfully.

One in five American children live in poverty. For children who are living in poverty and/or homeless, birthdays pass with little or no celebration.  Many children do not believe they have a birthday, or that they deserve a birthday, since it is never celebrated.