On May 25, helping hands and caring hearts of approximately 150 Herricks Middle School students came together to assemble packages for the Birthday Wishes volunteer organization. They gathered in the building’s cafeteria and worked together to create gifts that will turn into lasting memories.
Birthday Wishes provides birthday parties for homeless children in more than 200 homeless shelters and transitional living facilities on Long Island as well as areas outside of New York State. The group believes that all children, regardless of their living situation, should celebrate their birthdays joyfully, surrounded by family, friends and others who care.
Herricks Middle School students and staff members were excited for the opportunity to be part of this meaningful effort. They filled boxes with all the ingredients for a happy birthday: Plates, napkins, goodie bags, candles, streamers, balloons, gifts and most importantly, kindness. All items were donated by students, school families and staff members. Handmade cards were also included in each “Birthday in a Box.”
Photos courtesy of Herricks Public Schools