New Birthday Buddies Program Raises Funds for Texas Health Fort Worth NICU|
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.
“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.
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