When the opportunity to host a Johnson’s Girl Talk Cause Party was presented, I jumped on it because I wanted to host a girlfriend “gift-together” and I knew this would be a great opportunity to talk about Birthday Blessings (BB), one of the most amazing nonprofit organizations ever.
Their mission includes celebrating, inspiring and supporting homeless children, and one way they do this is by throwing birthday parties. Before I learned of Birthday Blessings I never thought of a child not celebrating their birthday.
The thought of that breaks my heart because birthdays are such a huge deal in my house. My girls look forward to their birthdays like most kids look forward to Christmas.
It’s a day all about them, when they don’t have to share the spotlight with siblings, classmates or family. It’s the day we can celebrate them joining our family and the unique joy they have added to our lives.
Then I think about how hard being a a tween or teen girl can be, and add to that the issues that arise from being homeless. These children absolutely need the chance to celebrate their life, to know that they are not forgotten and that their life is priceless.
So, yes, I was very happy to do this! Plus, a girlfriend gift-together, or purpose party, is a pretty simple one to host. I cooked dinner, invited my girlfriends and asked them to bring gifts for a tween and/or teenage girl that was homeless.
As we ate I talked about Birthday Blessings and why I wanted to support them. I set a small table in the living room with additional information on BB and ways that they could volunteer if they were interested.
I also put bottles of Johnson’s baby oil on the table so that they could try them as they read the other information (a nice perk for guests). This worked well because it served as a conversation corner for the ladies to try the products and talk about BB.
It was also a reminder of why we got together when the conversation went on to other topics like life, reality TV and recipes. After all, it was a girlfriend party… lol.
As the party came to a close, each of my guests had the chance to take some of the Johnson’s products with them (they were VERY happy!) and we were all pleased that the donation table was overflowing.
We collected over 125 gifts, ranging from lip gloss and shower gels to hair accessories, journals and stationery sets. I know the girls that get them will be ECSTATIC!
p.s. While my party was to collect for teen/tween girls BB collects for all children. One of their other programs is Blessing Baskets, where they make baskets for newborn homeless children. I will be donating bottles of Johnson’s baby oil for this purpose.