#MAKINGBIRTHDAYSEPIC

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One of the many places Happy Birthdays provides birthday boxes are the Rainbow Rooms. Rainbow Rooms are located within the CPS offices and function as serving centers for caseworkers and the children in their caseloads. Things like clothing, toiletries, diapers, beds, and toys are available 24 hours a day for children in need. We received this wonderful email from a caseworker…

We had a parent in the office and we were talking to him. His wife left and he is raising his little girl by himself. He is involved in an FBSS case and is struggling to work a full time job, complete services, and raise his three year old daughter. In the conversation he became very sad and stated that his daughter’s birthday is the next day and he only had $20 left to get him through the rest of the week. She would not really be having a birthday this year. While he continued to talk to the other worker I went into the rainbow room. The other worker had given him a little dress for her. I was able to get her a toy and a book. Then I saw them, beautifully decorated boxes on the wall with the words “birthday in a box” written on them. No one was there right then so I took one down and looked inside the box. Everything this dad would need to make this little girl’s birthday special was in the box. I took the box knowing that you guys are so good about things I wouldn’t really get in trouble, and brought it to the dad. While looking through the box he kept repeating “Oh My God”. With tears in his eyes he stated “this is going to be epic”. Both the other worker and myself also had tears in our eyes. Because of peoples generosity and partnership for children a little girl turning 4 years old was going to have an “epic” birthday party.