Students at Emporia State University are organizing a birthday party item donation drive for low-income families in the Emporia community. Donate to the drive to give children in the Emporia community the birthday of their dreams.
Students from Lambda Pi Eta, the Communication Honor Society at Emporia State University, are organizing the drive. Donation boxes are placed at a variety of different places in the Emporia community as well as on ESU’s campus. All donations that are collected will be given to low-income families in the Emporia public school district.
Bag-a-Birthday was initially started in spring 2019 by a group of communication majors who won the first annual Community Impact Challenge. Bag-a-Birthday was created because it was clear that many families in the Emporia community don’t always have the means to provide a birthday party for the children in their household. The first year that Bag-a-Birthday was organized there were enough items collected for over 200 families to give their children a birthday party.
Items that are being asked for include but are not limited to cake mix, candles, frosting,and balloons. Any items that are related to birthdays and birthday parties are also welcome.
Donation boxes are located on campus in Roosevelt Hall (which is to the right of the fountain when looking at campus from the entrance of Kellogg Circle), ESU’s Rec Center and Center for Student Involvement (located in ESU’s Memorial Union). Donation boxes are in downtown Emporia at Gravel City Roasters, Flint Hills Music and Chi Em Eats.
The donation drive will continue through Monday, Nov. 15.