Gift Suggestion 1

The Birthday Club™ (TBC) Gift Suggestion 1

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 Gift Suggestion 1 is designed for the birthday person to receive nonperishable food at their birthday party, which will be donated to the local food pantry.

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The Birthday Party™ (TBC) is designed for children, young adults, adults, and senior citizens. The design of TBC works for pet birthday party celebrations, too!
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Celebrations can take place at any of the usual birthday party locations.
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Celebrations can take place throughout the year.
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On the Invitations the suggested language includes:
Please no gifts.  If you would like to bring a gift please consider bringing a nonperishable food item which will be donated to the local food pantry for distribution to community members.
On the Thank You Notes, it is suggested to include the number of brown grocery bags collected at the party so that birthday party guests will know how their gifts have helped families in their community.
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The invitations include the following two suggestions:
 (1) Please no gifts. This language Please no gifts is included to address the issue that many people can not accept all the party invitations because they can not afford a gift.
(2) If you would like to bring a gift please consider bringing a nonperishable grocery item which will be donated to the local food pantry for distribution to community members. This language is included for a variety of reasons some of which are listed below.
Reasons – General
*Use your birthday celebration to share with others
*Introduce the idea of supporting community members through birthday celebrations
*Give without knowing who specifically receives the gifts
*Emphasize a significant goal of birthday parties which is to celebrate the passage of another year of life with family and friends
 *Promote awareness of hunger in our local communities

Reasons – Children’s Birthday Parties 

*Many children have more than one birthday party celebration; one party with family where gifts are exchanged, and another party with their friends where presents are also exchanged. The birthday party with childhood friends is a great celebration for using The Birthday Club™ approach.

*For Gift Suggestion 1, the party invitation includes the language Please no presents to address the issue that many children are not able to attend all the birthday parties they are invited to because of expense. Every time a child attends a birthday party, the birthday gift is minimally $10-$20. This is a huge burden on families that would like their children to attend all the birthday parties they are invited to but they just can’t afford all those birthday gifts. This means that there are many children who have to turn down the party invitations because they can not afford the gift. By including this suggested language Please no presents it frees the child to accept as many invitations to birthday party celebrations as the child would like to attend.

*The second part of the invitation for Gift Suggestion 1 invitation includes the language If you would like to bring a gift, please consider bringing a nonperishable grocery item which will be donated to the local food pantry for distribution to community members. This allows the birthday attendee the freedom to consider bringing a nonperishable grocery item.

*There are many children who invite lots of friends from school, dance, karate, baseball, and other clubs and groups. A majority of birthday parties have 10, 20 or more children in attendance. Children don’t need 10+ more gifts from their friends in addition to the presents from their family. It is not in the best interest of the child to be overwhelmed with gifts at every birthday party celebration.

*Hosting TBC party allows families to refocus birthday parties on the original purpose of the birthday party which allows the birthday child and guests to have fun, strengthen their relationships, and practice social manners.