Earlier this summer Open Square welcomed a new tenant, Birthday Wishes. Birthday Wishes provides birthday parties to children experiencing homelessness because all children, regardless of their living situation, should celebrate their birthdays joyfully.
Did you know the average age of a homeless person in Massachusetts is 8 years old? Birthday Wishes made sure that each of the 5,241 children they served in fiscal year 2017 saw their name on a birthday cake and received a bag of gifts which were selected and wrapped specifically for them. Other children celebrated with them. They sang “Happy Birthday”, ate cake, and played games with each other and their families. For some, it was the first birthday party they ever had (even if they were turning 8). For most, it was a time when the stress and trauma subsided and they were the center of positive attention.
If you’re interested in volunteering or supporting Birthday Wishes’ wish list, visit them on-line at www.BirthdayWishes.org or swing by Mill 4, Suite 209, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday 8am-2pm.