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What exactly does Brooke It Forward do?

We are working to make birthdays a little happier for children whose birthdays are in danger of being overlooked. Through volunteers and donors, we assemble birthday parties packaged in a container about the size of a shoe box. 

What's in a Birthday Box?

The Birthday Box containers are filled with the basics for a birthday celebration: cake mix, icing, candles, plates, and napkins. The boxes are then rounded out with little treats (cookies, candy, small toys, notebooks, stickers, or whatever creative and fun thing fits) and a small gift for the birthday child. Last, but not least,  every box includes a card celebrating the child’s special day.

How do kiddos get a Birthday Box?

The boxes are currently distributed by six children’s advocacy centers and three CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) programs across 18 parishes in South Louisiana. Brooke It Forward delivers boxes to our “Giving Partners.” Counselors and volunteers gift the Birthday Boxes to the children near the time of their birthdays.

Why Birthday Boxes?

The children served by Hope House and the organizations that Alone supports are living in heavy circumstances. Honoring their birthdays is a small, but significant, way to give them a moment to just be a kid. The boxes commemorate more than jus birthdays. The boxes celebrate the spirit of each child. Tender self-esteems are encouraged with the gentle reminder that the world is a better place for the simple fact that they were born. Each child’s uniqueness is celebrated through these special gestures.

What's a "Birthday Bash"?

A “Birthday Bash” is just our fun way of referring a “box drive.” If you or your group would like to host, please send us a message. There are a couple of ways to set up your drive. We are here to help you plan the best Bash for your group. We want your event to succeed. We’ll support you in organizing, promoting, and completing your Bash. We provide  birthday cards and other “birthday swag” to  help make your boxes as special as possible. When the boxes are complete, we will help coordinate getting them into the hands of birthday kids!

Can I help if I don't live in Louisiana?

Absolutely! Of course, donations are always welcomed regardless of where you live. However, if you’d like to spread the birthday love to your area, send us a message. We’d love to discuss the possibilities.

Are my contributions tax-deductible?

Alone Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization under the Internal Revenue Code. Our Tax ID# is 84-2137707. Your contribution is deductible to the extent that they exceed any goods or services that Brooke It Forward Foundation provides in return. Please consult your tax advisor for more details.

Are there other ways to help the cause?

One of the quickest and easiest ways to help is to sign up for our newsletter, The Scoop, in order to make sure that you get the latest information on upcoming events that might interest you.

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(Don't worry -- we fill birthday boxes, not inboxes.)

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