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    Non-profits help give homeless children a happy birthday - "A kid may savor that experience and remember it as very special, but their situation is very scary and often long-term," Bassuk says. "A lot of these families are residentially unstable for long periods, and that's very hard on the kids."

  • Megan Carolan

    1 in 45 US children is homeless. Meet some awesome organizations throwing them birthday parties, and spreading some love.

  • Volunteers of America Western Washington

    Our Brightening Birthdays program was featured in this USA Today article.

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provide birthday parties for homeless children in Indiana, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Georgia, San Diego, and Ohio. What an awesome charity idea! This might tbe the difference for a homeless child ro parent - have or for their child to have a birthday party, just as little children should.

My philosophy. Plain and simple. We don't love kids for who they will be someday... we love them for who they are right now! ~G. Ertel

Now, in analyses of long-term data published in recent months, researchers are finding that while the achievement gap between white and black students has narrowed significantly over the past few decades, the gap between rich and poor students has grown substantially during the same period.

The costs of the proposed cuts for our kids. Dang. :(

Invest in millionaires or child care, education, women's health and seniors?

This infographic from Citizens' Committee for Children of New York shows effects of recession on New York City's children and calls for investments such as early childhood education.

33 ways that you can give back with your children! This is wonderful and I cant wait to let Jaden pick something to do !

Family Fundraiser for Children's Organ Transplant Association (COTA) for Weston Keeton. Please consider donating. He's a brave little man at 5yo and awaiting a heart and double lung transplant. You would never know he was sick by just talking to him. He and his entire family have a heart of gold and are some of the sweetest people I have ever met. Please visit his COTA website: to see upcoming events and donate. Thank you!