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Birthday Blessings’ annual fundraiser campaign starts Monday


Birthday Blessings, a West Plains-based nonprofit that provides resources to local foster kids in communities across Missouri, is holding its annual Birthday Bash Campaign starting Monday and running through Friday. During this time, an anonymous donor will match funds up to a total of $5,000. The campaign goal this year is to raise $15,000. 

The nonprofit has a variety of programs targeted at meeting the physical and emotional needs of kids in care, explained Executive Director Shannon VonAllmen. From birthday parties in duffle bags to baskets of baby care items, the organization tries to make everything look like a “visual feast for the eyes” when the children receive the items. 

“When a kid in care gets a whole box or bag full of wrapped gifts picked especially for them, it touches their heart,” said VonAllmen. “When you fill a child with hope and cheer, it gives them courage to keep working through challenging circumstances.” 

“None of us can fix the world. But, when you donate to Birthday Blessings, you are making a positive impact in the life of a child. To that child, it can mean the world,” she added. “This campaign is an opportunity to double that impact.” 

Donations can be made online at www.birthday-blessings.org or mailed to Birthday Blessings, 429 Aid Ave, West Plains, MO 65775. Checks postmarked during the event will be counted towards the match. Call 417-372-5306 for more information.