We provide toy-filled birthday gift bags to food shelves and shelters so that parents living in poverty can give their child a birthday gift.

April 24th, 2015 | Birthdays, Giving, Volunteers | Join the conversation

Augustana 1Augustana 2By Aimee Robertson, Campus Director of Marketing, Augustana Senior Housing Community

There was an absolute feeling of “glee” in the air, knowing we were making these birthday bags for sweet little children who would be blessed on their special day.  It took nine ladies only 41 minutes to make all the bags! We even had one lady who was in a wheelchair, and she consistently made two bags at a time.

The bags were assembled by residents and staff of the Augustana Apartments. We are a senior housing community in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. The bulk of our donations came from our friends at Thrivent Financial, whose help with this campaign was greatly appreciated.

One lady was having so much fun assembling, she said, “I wish I could do this for a living!” More than one lady, when going down the assembly line for the first time, giggled and cooed over the toys, knowing full well what joy they would bring.

When we were finished, I said, “Can you believe it? 100 bags” and one of the ladies corrected me and said, “No! 100 children!” Such a great perspective. I am certain each of us were blessed just as much as these children and their families will be.  Thanks for the opportunity!


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