New Birthday Buddies Program Raises Funds for Texas Health Fort Worth NICU
01/07/2013

FORT WORTH, Texas — 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.

Birthday Buddies Program Raises Funds for Texas Health Fort Worth NICU

“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,” and, through the Texas Health Harris Methodist Foundation, a new program was born.

Thanks to Max’s idea, any child can now be a Birthday Buddy and help support the needs of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth’s NICU.

The program is simple: in lieu of birthday presents, a child asks their birthday party guests to bring a monetary donation to benefit the NICU. The birthday child and their parents fill out an online application and the Texas Health Harris Methodist Foundation provides everything that child needs to send to birthday party guests.

After the party, the birthday child will be invited to the hospital to deliver the donations and receive special recognition as an official Birthday Buddy.

For more information or to sign up, visit TexasHealth.org/BirthdayBuddies or call 682-236-5232.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Foundation
Through philanthropy, Texas Health Harris Methodist Foundation provides support to seven Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals in Alliance, Azle, Cleburne, Fort Worth, Hurst-Euless-Bedford, Southwest Fort Worth and Stephenville as well as Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital. Established in 1991, Texas Health Harris Methodist Foundation plays a critical role in continuing the mission of the Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve. The Foundation strives to enhance the delivery of quality patient care by joining with committed donors to sustain the long-term fiscal viability of the hospital that are a part of Texas Health Harris Methodist. Through the efforts of the Foundation, the strong tradition of community support through philanthropy enables the Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals and Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital to forge ahead in medical research and education, technology and the provision of quality patient care. For more information, visit TexasHealth.org/HarrisFoundation.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth is 726-bed, Magnet-designated regional referral center that has served the residents of Tarrant County since 1930. The hospital’s services include cardiovascular services, high-risk and routine obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics and sports medicine, neonatal intensive care, and trauma/emergency medicine. Texas Health Fort Worth is also home to the 100-bed Texas Health Harris Methodist Heart Center. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Fort Worth has more than 4,000 employees, 200 volunteers and nearly 1,000 physicians practicing on the medical staff. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/FortWorth.