Kansas first-graders give to CFCA Birthday Fund
March 25, 2011
Students Summer Williams, left, and Claire Moore look at a photo
of a birthday party hosted by CFCA.
At least 22 children living in poverty will be able to celebrate their birthdays, thanks to the efforts of a first-grade class in Kansas.
CFCA sponsor Kathy Byrd teaches religion to the students at her local church, Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Shawnee.
During the school's "pay it forward" service project, Byrd decided to have the students raise money for the CFCA Birthday Fund.
"I thought the birthday fund was something the kids could relate to," Byrd said.
CFCA's Birthday Fund enables sponsored friends to celebrate their birthday, many for the first time.
The fund provides parties and culturally appropriate gifts, adding an element of celebration to the families' lives. CFCA sends 100 percent of all birthday fund donations directly to the field.
Byrd gave every child in her class a dollar and asked them to multiply that money to help other children around the world. She wasn't sure if the students would embrace the project, but their efforts surprised her.
Some students did extra work to raise money.
"I did a lot of chores. I did laundry and cleaned the litter box," student Summer Williams said.
Others donated money from their piggy banks. The total amount of $145 was enough to fund birthday celebrations for 22 children in CFCA's Hope for a Family sponsorship program.
"We always have good birthdays, and they should too," student Ella Hertig said.