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IN People ON 16 Oct, 2015
Children who are homeless or orphanage never get any chance to celebrate their birthday and not lucky enough to get a birthday present. But, a woman- Dallas resident Paige Chenault give attention toward it.
To bring the joy and happiness in children's life she founded- The Birthday Party Project, in 2012. And that project is succeeding day by day.
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A boy while blowing out the candle at a shelter in Dallas, Texas wished that everyone would have a great day like him. Years ago, this idea of non-profit organization came to Chenault while reading the article in a newspaper about the birthday parties for kids. As she was an event planner by trade, she was getting excited to throw the birthday party for her own kids. And, then she came across the photo of a malnourished young kid in Halti. That effected her a lot and she expresses it in her own words. "It just sort of hit me. This kid will never feel celebrated like I could celebrate my daughter. I could do a lot of things for my kid, but I want to do it in a greater way with a bigger purpose."
When The Birthday Party Project started, its goal was to celebrate the birthday of every homeless children in Texas. And, now after four-year it has spread to eight more cities across the United States including Kansas City, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Chicago and New York City. "A lot of these children don't know how to blow out a candle or even make a wish," Chenault said.
Around 180 parties will be hosted, in 2015. Each party will have decorations, games, music, entertainment and, of course, birthday cake. The children who do have the birthday in the same month get their own party hat, badge, an individual-sized birthday cake and a wrapped present worth approximately $30. "It's a mind-blowing experience," said Nadia (who preferred to not share her last name) after attending a party for her son at a domestic violence shelter in Arlington, Texas. "Coming from such pain and trauma, it's so nice to be able to relax for a minute, take a breather and to see that smile back on my child's face. I have no words to describe the happiness and joy that I am feeling."
The September theme was "County Fair" and this October is a Halloween-themed "Monster Mash" theme.
The homeless kids as well their parents loving it as its filling joy in their life. A father Maureen Jones's words on recent celebration of his kid Jayden's birthday, "It was the best thing ever, most of us don't have the energy, the funds or even the correct channels to provide our own children with a celebration like this. I couldn't give Jayden what they gave him. It was so beautiful."
The project is succeeding because of the countless volunteers and generous donations. "My goal is that each child feels something that lets them know how important they are, how much they matter," Chenault said. "They deserve to be celebrated, that in this moment of chaos in their life, this moment of confusion, that there is light and that there are people out there cheering for them."