Children's Mercy Birthday Party Program Allows Kids to Give Back in a Fun Way




   Children’s Mercy’s newly launched Birthday Party Program allows families to learn the importance of giving back and supporting the hospital as part of its Small Change - Big Difference campaign. In recent years, instead of traditional birthday presents, children have been asking their friends and family to bring toys and stuffed animals to their birthday parties to give to patients at Children’s Mercy.

  The Birthday Party Program makes the planning a whole lot easier. With their parents, kids can visit the online Birthday Party Hub where they can create their party, invite friends and create a wish list from the Gift Gallery. Party guests can virtually purchase the pre-selected gifts, which range from toys and games for the patient playroom, instruments for music therapy to staffing teachers so children with extended hospital stays don’t fall behind in school. The nearly 50 items start at just $10.

   All the “gifts” benefit the Child Life Department, whose mission is to make the hospital experience as easy and comfortable as possible for patients and families. 

   Families who set up birthday parties will receive a birthday kit with a ceramic piggy bank and paint pens for birthday guests to sign. Children’s Mercy will also be recognizing birthday party photos shared on Facebook and Twitter.

  Supporting Children’s Mercy’s newest program include Kansas City celebrities like Sporting Kansas City’s Dom Dwyer and Mix 93’s Jenny Matthews. The two have launched their own birthday parties to kick off the program and inspire families around the area to give back.

   Children Mercy’s Vice President of Philanthropy Jenea Oliver emphasizes the appreciation the hospital has for its donors. “The smiles on our patients' faces let us know theses efforts are making a difference... We are so very grateful for our donors. You are making a big difference in so many lives, every single day," she said in a press release.

   Celebrate our August birthdays with us by donating to Children’s Mercy here.

   Learn more about Small Change - Big Difference at childrensmercy.org/smallchange.