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Celebration Station

Every child should be able to celebrate a birthday!

When clients come through our pantry, a CORA volunteer asks if there is a child in the family that has a birthday in the current month. If “yes,” the visitor is introduced to CORA’s special “Celebration Station” stocked with gift bags full of supplies and treats for a small birthday party. Clients can choose a Birthday Bag that is age and gender appropriate for the birthday child.

Celebration Station is a perfect service project for youth groups and churches. 

If you are making birthday bags, think about items appropriate for the following categories: boys age two – seven years, girls age two – seven years, boys age eight – twelve years, girls age eight – twelve years. When your bags are complete, tag each one with age range and gender. The contents of each bag should be sort of like a little party in a bag for 6 to 8 people.

Birthday Bags start with a colorful gift bag and should contain the following:

  • Cake Mix
  • Frosting
  • Candles
  • A small gift such as a book, puzzle, coloring book, and crayons, stuffed animal or action figure.

Other items you may want to include are napkins, cups, paper plates, or party favors. When your bags are ready, call the CORA to schedule a drop-off day and time.

If you have questions, please contact Rebecca Hankins at