Making Birthdays Sweeter For Children in Homeless Shelters and Foster Care
At 14, when I started high school, I wanted to set some new goals for myself. Working hard to get good grades and challenging myself in new ways were my priorities. My mother always encouraged me and my two older brothers to get involved in a community-related service that would provide us with opportunities to help others who are experiencing difficulties in life. I knew this was not only a great opportunity to get involved in something meaningful but a way to break out of my comfort zone. I chose to use my love for baking to celebrate the birthdays of children living in homeless shelters.
For as far back as I can remember, my parents always made me feel special on my birthdays. Not all children are as fortunate as I have been. The town I have grown up in is less than two miles from one of the poorest cities in Massachusetts where there are dozens of homeless shelters. I know that the families who live there struggle to provide a home, food, and security for their children, let alone a birthday party. I can only imagine the stress that must fill their lives daily. One Wish Project was born from my idea that I would celebrate the birthdays of these children who are living in circumstances that are beyond their control. Along the way, I hope I can alleviate just a little stress off the shoulders of the parent(s) who just wants to see his/her child happy and feeling extra special on their birthday.
Making A Difference
One Cake At A Time
Celebrating the birthdays of over 250 deserving children a year in Massachusetts
The First Delivery
April 29, 2017 at the Lazarus House
With her babysitting money, Hannah purchased what she needed to bake her very first birthday cake and purchase presents for 9-year old Abrian. Since then, Hannah has baked over 200 cakes for very deserving children.
Celebrating 5 Years
June 3, 2022 at the Lazarus House
What a difference 5 years makes. Since that first partnerhip with the Lazarus House in 2017, One Wish Project has expanded to seven additional shelters and the Department of Children and Families.