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Opening Doors for Children & Families

The Birthday Project

Today is a very special day. It may be the best day of my Mom and Dad's life. For 29 years ago their favourite child was born - ME! I'm sure they would agree on all points. I'm sure my siblings know the truth and would agree also. I still get excited about my birthday! I am excited to spend time with friends and I am always excited about a reason to celebrate anything. I just like to celebrate really.

Something very interesting shifted for me this year which has caused me even more joy. I was cleaning, (which I have been doing slowly for the past three days to get ready for my birthday guests) and doing some of my best thinking. I was thinking about this coming year and how it is the last year of my twenties. I was thinking if I had one birthday wish for my birthday weekend, what would it be? My wish would be that my friends who are gathering with me this weekend have a wonderful weekend, full of joy, laughter and fun. That we talk and reminisce about the good times we've had this weekend for the next 60 years!

This is a shift for me. If I can reflect honestly on past years I would have thought more along the lines of, it's MY birthday so I should have fun! But what I've realized is nothing brings me more happiness then being around the happiness of others. So it is no accident that a dear friend and colleague posted on my Facebook wall on Monday a very interesting thing called The Birthday Project. The basic premise was started by a blog by Robyn Bomar. For her 38th birthday she committed to 38 random acts of kindness. The blog spread like wildfire and a movement was made. Now all around the world people are committing to making others happy on their special day.

I love it! So I too have committed to it. It is a great way to give back to loved ones, strangers, and your community. And another great thing is, it's a work day! Which means I get to give back to the staff, children and families of ABC Head Start - now THAT truly makes me happy!

Is your birthday coming up in the next year?? Maybe you should make it a birthday project year? Remember to add ABC Head Start or your favourite charity to your birthday list. :)

P.S. Last night, while watching American Idol, I rolled $32 worth of pennies donated by Bartle & Gibson for ABC Head Start's Plentiful Pennies Donation Drive. That's enough pennies to feed two classes of 16 children for one day! EVERY PENNY COUNTS!

Every dollar matters. By supporting ABC Head Start you will give children the skills they need to be successful in their educational journey and support families to transition out of poverty, become healthy and self-reliant. Donate to ABC Head Start today and start making a difference in the lives of children, families and our communities.