Free birthday boxes help foster children celebrate their day | Wender Mind Kids

Andrea Gibson's experience as a liaison officer made her realize that not all children enjoy normal life traditions like birthday parties, so she founded Giving Birthdays, which provides free birthday boxes to children living in foster care and kinship care.

FREMONT — In 2019, Andrea Gibson and her husband welcomed two nieces and a nephew to their home for what they believe to be a two-week stay.

Three years later, the girls are still living with them and are now an integral part of their family. The unexpected but welcome addition to the family, which includes Gibson’s three birth children, opened Gibson’s eyes to the reality of children living apart from their parents.

She learned that these children sometimes come from families where they lacked normal life experiences like birthday parties, and that the relatives and foster parents who now care for them sometimes cannot afford the celebrations. As she planned her nieces’ very first birthday parties, she thought of the many children in relatives and foster families whose birthdays went unrecognized and uncelebrated.