We love organizations that can celebrate in the most unlikely of circumstances. The Confetti Foundation, a non-profit based out of Rhode Island, does just that. The mission of the foundation is to supply party starter kits to children who have to spend their birthday in the hospital. The foundation began with the hope that families will be able to shift their focus from their child’s sickness for just 30 minutes and celebrate. Although the party is not a cure, it will be a welcome distraction and good reminder that every child deserves to be celebrated. Keep reading to find out how this heart-warming organization came to be.
How did it start? The idea came about in 2010 when the founder’s best friend’s child was born 8 weeks premature. After asking the question of what happens when a child has to spend their birthday in the hospital, Stephanie made a promise to make it easier for families and hospitals to give kids in the hospital the celebration they deserve on their birthday.
How does it work? Through volunteers, The Confetti Foundation gathers party supplies, fills the boxes and then distributes them to participating children’s hospitals across the country. As of June 2014, 64 hospitals have agreed to pass out party boxes to children who are hospitalized on their birthday.
What is inside the box? Each party box is unique and hand-packaged with a special theme. The boxes contain party supplies such as a banner, activities, toys, cups, and plates. All that a child’s family needs to supply is the cake to have a special birthday party right in their hospital room.
What does it cost to produce a party box? Each birthday party box averages $22, this includes making and producing the supplies inside as well as shipping the boxes to the hospitals. As of June 2014, 335 boxes have been packaged and distributed to 64 hospitals!
How can a hospital participate? The party boxes are available for children’s hospitals in the United States. If a children’s hospital would like to participate and receive boxes for their children, simply contact the foundation here.
What is a “birthday fairy”? A birthday fairy is a volunteer who reaches out to their local children’s hospital to facilitate a relationship with The Confetti Foundation. They are responsible for hand-delivering each box to the hospital, organizing local fundraisers and raising local awareness about The Confetti Foundation.
Who is the founder? The Confetti Foundation was founded in January 2014, by Stephanie Frazier Grimm. Stephanie is the owner of Couture Parties, a wedding and event planning and design company serving Newport, RI. More information about the team can be found here.
How do I donate product for the boxes? We love to partner with companies! Every box comes with the following no matter what, but we can also add an extra “gift” to the themed box! For example a princess book into the princess themed box, a gym bag for the sports theme. We are certainly PR friendly, so let us know what your clients would like to help us out with! *unfortunately edible products can not be included.
How can people volunteer? The Confetti Foundation has many ways to get involved:
- If you live in the area of Newport, RI, you can help at a monthly “packing party” where we make the party supplies and stuff the boxes.
- You can become a birthday fairy and connect with your local hospital to distribute birthday party boxes in your area.
- You can make a donation to The Confetti Foundation here.
- Hold a fundraiser and have us be the charity of choice! (bake sale, marathon, dress down day etc.)
Where are you located? The Confetti Foundation is headquartered in Newport, RI.
What are the Confetti Foundations goals? Our 2014 goal is to raise enough funds so that we can be supply 500 boxes and be in all of the 50 states. (currently we are in 29 states) Our 4-year goal is to be in all 240 children’s hospital in the United States! More importantly, our goal is to bring communities together and share in our very own backyards. We want to celebrate birthday’s with everyone, everyone deserves it!
What are your social media handles? We LOVE to be social! Shout us from the roof tops here:Twitter is @confettitoss Instagram is @ConfettiFoundation Facebook is @ConfettiFoundation