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These Kids Almost Didn’t Have Birthday Parties. The Reason? I’m SPEECHLESS!

by Scott Neumyer
Scott Neumyer is a journalist, photographer, and bacon lover from central New Jersey.

Every child should be able to have a birthday party when they’re young. I remember nearly every birthday party I had as a kid, and those memories will last me for the rest of my life. The family all around. The friends to share the day with. And the presents I was lucky enough to receive. Those are the things that made each birthday special.

Some children, however, aren’t quite as lucky. As you’ll see in the video below from USA Today, a group of homeless children in St. Louis, MO almost missed their birthday parties, until one very kind, selfless woman came to the rescue.

O’Fallon, MO resident Beth Brockling started her nonprofit organization Sweet Celebrations when her Little Sister (through the Big Brothers, Big Sisters organization) Shalei Taylor became homeless right before her fifteenth birthday.

With her family sleeping in their car, Taylor thought she would never get a birthday party, but Brockling reached out for help on Facebook and was able to throw her a small party. That’s when the seed for Sweet Celebrations was planted.

The organization started small, throwing birthday parties for children living in homeless shelters here and there, but now Sweet Celebrations throws over 300 birthday parties for homeless children each year.

“There’s a lot of kids that are going without birthdays,” Brockling tells USA Today in the below video.

But, thanks to Beth’s organization, a whole lot more of them are now getting to experience that special feeling of having a day of their own to have a celebration.

What’s maybe even more amazing is the fact that the girl whose sudden homelessness became the impetus for Sweet Celebrations, Shalei Taylor, is now not only back on her feet, but she also volunteers for the organization, helping to plan all of the birthday parties.

Now that’s a story worth celebrating.

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