Six-year-old Max wanted to make a special request of his birthday party guests: Instead of gifts, bring donations for the critically ill infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.
“I knew I didn’t need any more toys, but I thought the babies might need some things,” Max said.
Touched by Max’s giving heart, his parents obtained a list of needs from the hospital’s NICU staff and included the information in his party invitations. Max’s friends donated everything from blankets to preemie clothes to bouncy seats for the babies.
“Gifts at birthday parties can get excessive,” said Hollie, Max’s mom. “This is a fun way to rally everyone around a good cause and teach children the importance of giving back to the community.”
Max named this philanthropic outreach “Birthday Buddies.”
Join Max and Be a Birthday Buddy!
Your child can be a Birthday Buddy too and help support the needs of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth’s NICU. It’s a great way to instill the philanthropic spirit in children of all ages!
Becoming a Birthday Buddy is easy. In lieu of birthday presents, your child asks their birthday party guests to bring a monetary donation to benefit the NICU. Simply fill out an online application and the Texas Health Harris Methodist Foundation will provide everything your child needs to send to birthday party guests.
After the party, your child will be invited to the hospital to deliver the donations and receive special recognition as an official Birthday Buddy.
Click the Birthday Buddies logo on this page to get your child signed up. For more information, call 682-236-5232.
Where Does Your Donation Go?
Donations will support the greatest needs of Texas Health Fort Worth’s NICU to benefit critically ill infants.
About the Texas Health Fort Worth NICU
The regional referral center for high-risk deliveries, Texas Health Fort Worth offers advanced services for the most complex and high-risk infants. Our Level III (highest capability) NICU is staffed by neonatalogists, pediatric sub-specialists and neonatal nurse practitioners who are dedicated to providing expert care to babies born with special health needs.
Texas Health Fort Worth has a long history of providing advanced care to infants. In fact, the hospital was the first in Tarrant County to offer a Level III NICU.
Services in the NICU are available seven days a week, 24 hours a day and can be accessed with CareFlite air ambulances, fixed-wing or ground ambulance service.