On Tuesday November 7th before our Hampshire House meeting, our New England NACE board members got together for a wonderful volunteer opportunity, Birthday-in-a-Box! “The Birthday-in-a-Box (BIAB) Program was created in 2005 to serve homeless children in domestic violence shelters, scattered sites, motels, and other locations which cannot accommodate Birthday Wishes Party Coordinators. The BIAB Program allows Birthday Wishes to reach homeless children in almost any living situation. Party supplies are carefully packaged inside a brightly wrapped box and delivered to the program, agency, motel, or other facility for distribution to families, along with a bag of wrapped gifts for the birthday celebrant. Each birthday box contains everything necessary for a great birthday celebration.”
Our NACE board created 10 birthday boxes which included boxes of cake mix, jars of frosting, cake pans, juice boxes or mini water bottles, candles, cutlery, napkins, plates, tablecloths & the essential décor supplies – party hats, balloons, streamers and more. The hardest part? Wrapping big boxes and the tops to those boxes! With some struggles and a lot of laughter along the way, our amazing NACE board proudly finished the task at hand knowing that they were making a great difference.
New England NACE has received feedback from shelter staff that this program has been empowering for the families and we are more than excited that we were able to take the time to impact ten lives. The BIAB Program reaches a total of about 3,000 homeless children per year and it shows us all how such a simple idea can make a huge difference. Thank you to our board members!
We at NACE would love to hear from you. In the comments below, let us know if you have any thoughts on our time creating birthday boxes. Thank you for sharing!
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Ashley Kirouac has been an Event Sales Manager at Hyatt Regency Cambridge for three years, primarily selling and planning weddings along with other social events. She won Manager of the Year and was one of 100 Hyatt Hyachievers in Event Sales & Planning for 2016. A NACE member for 1 year, Ashley is now a proud Social Media Committee Member for NACE and enjoys blogging by uncovering knowledge and experiences from other NACE members. When not working she enjoys traveling and spending time with her friends and family. Contact Ashley with ideas for upcoming blog posts!