Birthday bags

Deliver birthday cheer by filling bags with party supplies.

Thrivent Action Team group of kids and an adult with birthday bags

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Poverty, homelessness, illness and crisis situations prevent thousands of kids from having birthday parties. Help kids and teens celebrate their birthday by donating birthday bags to your local homeless shelter or social service agency. Participants will assemble bags of cheer with birthday party supplies—and your Thrivent Action Team seed money can go toward purchasing the supplies.

This is a great activity to add to any upcoming reunions or celebrations.

Important: Be sure to review and follow the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control as well as additional guidelines by health officials in your community.

Get started

  1. Make the call.

    Contact your local food bank, shelter or social service agency and let them know you'd like to build birthday bags. Ask if that's an eligible donation at their facility.

  1. Go shopping.

    Below is a list of items to purchase to kick-start your project.

  2. Tip: Dollar stores and discount retailers are a great place to find these items and make your seed money go farther.

  1. Invite your Thrivent Action Team participants.

    Make it a fun party for those to come and assemble bags or to make this a socially distanced project, drop off supplies at each participants home assemble the bags.

  2. Tip: Your Thrivent Action Team project comes with many resources, including digital tools to invite and have participants RSVP.

  1. Assembly time.

    Lay out all the items and put one of each item in the bags.

  1. Get creative.

    Decorate your bags with inspirational and encouraging messages or pictures.

  1. Make it meaningful.

    Write a special note to the bag recipient on the birthday card.

  1. Drop off.

    Take the bags to your local organization for distribution.

  1. Tell us how it went.

    When your Thrivent Action Team is complete, we will ask you to report on your project.

  2. Tip: Reporting is an important part of the Thrivent Action Team. This allows us to know how much generosity we’ve inspired and the results of your hard work.

Shopping list:

  • Birthday bags, boxes with lids or a shoe box
  • Cake mix
  • Frosting
  • Sprinkles
  • Candles
  • Markers
  • Birthday Card

Optional Items (Ages 10 and under):

  • Birthday banner
  • Bubbles
  • Chalk
  • Necklaces
  • Birthday hats
  • Crayons
  • Puzzles
  • Stickers
  • Candy

Optional Items (Ages 10+):

  • Birthday banner
  • Hygiene products
  • Bath/Shower items
  • Candles
  • Notebooks
  • Ear buds
  • Puzzles
  • Nail polish
  • Candy
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