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This Party Tip submitted by BizGirl - Apr 13th, 2009
Two Teens Turn Birthday Beach Party into Fund-raiser for Disabled Children Their example helps launch Birthday Club for local charity
Last summer, two 12-year-old girls from San Luis Obispo, California held a beach party to celebrate turning 13. Instead of the usual gaily wrapped presents, they asked their friends for cash donations to Jack’s Helping Hand, a local non-profit that helps disabled children with a wide spectrum of needed services, adaptive toys, and specialized equipment.
The girls, Ali Duvall and Taylor Wampler, sent out hand-crafted invitations, and planned a festive beach party with games and a barbecue. They raised a total of $500 that they presented to Jack’s Helping Hand along with a letter that said in part, “We hope that with this money you will be able to buy some new equipment for the children at Jack’s Helping Hand. We thank you for the wonderful work you do.”
Jack’s Helping Hand, Inc. was established in 2004 in honor of Paul and Bridget Ready’s youngest son Jack, who died of brain cancer before he could celebrate his 4th birthday. Ali and Taylor decided to celebrate their vibrant health and good fortune by helping children with special needs have happier, healthier lives, too.
Everyone at Jack’s Helping Hand was so overwhelmed by their generosity and selflessness, that they will launch Jack’s Birthday Club this Spring. Now anyone wanting to do what these two teenagers did can log onto the JHH website and get a Birthday-in-a-Box kit that will allow them to send out invitations, receive donations, and post photos of their party. “Birthdays are usually all about the gifts,” said Jack’s Helping Hand’s Mary Illingworth. “Now they can be about giving, too!”
For more information about Jack’s Helping Hand, Inc. or Jack’s Birthday Club, log onto www.jackshelpinghand.org or call 805.547.1914.
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- Myriam - Apr 24th, 2009
Very Inspiring! I love when people turn “their” day into a platform to help others.
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