Every Child Deserves a Happy Birthday! Wish I May is an important piece of The One Stop by providing ‘Happy Birthdays’ to underprivileged children and their parents/guardians.
The children we reach are those whose families are experiencing extreme financial difficulties and find it impossible to provide even the smallest birthday celebration. Wish I May is volunteer-based and donation driven. We want every gift and donation given to go straight to the families we serve.
Wish I May knows that every child’s birthday is important and that even when parents and guardians don’t have the means to provide, the toys given through our organization let them give their children a special day. Too many families find themselves lacking the funds to be able to provide a birthday for their children. No child should ever have to go without celebrating the day of their birth because a parent must make the difficult choice between that month’s bills and the birthday wishes of their child.
Wish I May was founded by Lisa Slavens. Before merging with the Council of Churches, Wish I May served over 10,000 birthday bags to children in need. Now a member of the Council, Wish I May continues to serve under-resourced families in the Ozarks.
A birthday bag will include a cake mix, icing, candles, birthday card, party plates, napkins, age-appropriate toys and books, gift bags and tissue paper. Each bag is valued at approximately $50.
With Your Time
“Wish I May” is a volunteer-run organization by people in our community striving to make a difference one child and one birthday at a time. We are always in need of enthusiastic people who want to jump in and donate time to pull together all the trimmings of a birthday, deliver bags to our partners or are willing to make a toy run when companies have a toy drive.
With Your Gifts
We need toys!!! We need party goods!!! And we need your help in getting the word out to your co-workers, family, and friends. We serve children aged 1 -15, so we can use any age group toy, gift cards, and everything you would want to throw your own party or a party for a child you love.
Donate Frequently Needed Items
Gift Suggestions for Toddlers
- Pull toys
- Bath Toys
- Hit the Fisher Price aisle and have fun
Gift Suggestions for School Age Kids
- Coloring books
- Board games
- Baby dolls
- Balls – basketballs, baseballs, soccer balls, footballs
- Stuffed animals
- Girly stuff – hair accessories, lotions, nail polish, purses
- Action figures
- Trucks/remote control cars
- Craft Sets
- Drawing Sets
Gift Suggestions for the Older Kids
- Nail Polish
- Makeup Sets
- Bath and Body sets
- Fleece Blankets
- Axe Deodorant
- Adult coloring books
Gift cards from
- Old Navy
- Academy Sports
- Party plates & napkins
- Cake mixes and Icing
*Donations can be dropped off at:
One Stop, 1710 E. Chestnut Expy Springfield, MO
What are Fun Ways to Get What “Wish I May” Needs?
- Have a dress down day at your company to benefit Wish I May.
- Have your Sunday School class choose a different age each month and bring age-appropriate toys
- Ask your customers to help “Wish I May” with a toy drive or a cake mix drive. We will bring you some great birthday boxes to collect the donations in!
- Allow us to share Wish I May’s mission at your next club or organization’s meeting.
The most fun way?
- Throw a birthday party for yourself or a friend– but this year ask for toys for “Wish I May” – when was the last time you got to open tons of toys? And this time you will know every one of them will go to a deserving child!