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

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