If you are a parent, you probably make a big deal out of your kids' birthday parties.
Maybe you invite the neighborhood kids for a sleepover. Or perhaps you rent a party room where the kids can run around like crazy on inflatable slides for a few hours. Or maybe you like to have a small cake with just the family.
No matter what you do, the main focus is to make sure your child feels special on his or her birthday.
But what about kids who don't have parents to spoil them on their one special day of the year?
A group of determined women from Crossroads Church make sure the children who live at the Church of God Children's Home in Concord feel special on their birthdays, too. Every month they get wish lists from the kids and shop, wrap and deliver presents – along with a cake and candles, of course.
Jaime Allison plans, coordinates and delegates the work, mostly via e-mail.
“There were about five women who met together last summer and prayed about where God could use us in the community,” Allison said. “We decided that the Children's Home would be a wonderful way to bless some of the children right here.
“Sure enough, the doors were opened wide! We decided to have birthday parties for the children each month.”
Besides working full time as an accountant, Allison is busy raising her own two children – 6-year-old Noah and 4-year-old Lace. But she believes she is blessed so much that she wants to bless others, too.
“I love these kids dearly,” Allison said. “The looks on their faces when they open some of these wonderful gifts are priceless.”
Getting donations every month is not easy, and sometimes Allison has to pay for the parties and gifts out of her own pocket. But that hasn't stopped her; she has worked harder for this cause.
She and her sister, who owns a public relations business, started a nonprofit organization called “Love the Little Ones” in hopes of getting extra help.
“We are actually praying that this nonprofit organization will grow, and eventually we will be able to help children worldwide,” she said. “Right now, we are focusing on these children in our own community. It is 100percent tax deductible, and 100percent of all donations go directly to the children.”
“Some people attend the parties, some send gifts, some make donations, and others continue to pray for us,” Allison said. “All of these are so vital and greatly appreciated.”
If you want to help, e-mail Jaime Allison at abtsjma@ ctc.net or call her at 704-467-4111.
Freelance columnist Linda Doherty lives in Moss Creek Village.