According to their site, the kits contain:
- How-To-Guide: Step-by-step instructions for planning and hosting your child’s party.
- "Kids Doing Good!" T-Shirt gift for the birthday boy or girl.
- Goodness Bags (qty 10), including "Kids Doing Good!" wristbands, temporary tattoos, and activity booklets.
- Achievement Certificates (qty 10).
I liked a couple party ideas from their site:
- A treasure hunt where everything the guests find is donated to a children's hospital.
- A green themed party where guests can plant seeds to take home and grow.
The Mom Salon writes about ECHOage: Teaching Children About Giving Back. ECHOage sends out an evite which allows the recipients to make an online gift of money. All of the gifts are pooled to purchase one gift, and one donation to a cause for the birthday boy or girl. I like this idea 'cause you are getting one gift for you, and one gift that helps others.
In her post, Eco Friendly Birthday Party, the Nature Moms Blog writes about a woman who used her child's birthday party to help an animal shelter:
"She made dog-bone shaped oatmeal cookies for snacks and in lieu of birthday gifts, guests brought donations, dog food, leashes, water bowls, and toys for the abandoned animals. All the kids, and especially the birthday boy LOVED it, and the animal shelter brought puppies for the kids to play with"She Scribes' post, Earth Friendly Kids Birthday Party Ideas has lots of suggestions including making teddy bears to donate to a hospital or shelter.
It's all about balance. Your child's birthday absolutely has to be fun, and feel like a celebration, but if you can balance the fun with doing good, all the better!
Flickr photo credit: Birthday Cake 08 uploaded by Anne Norman.
Cross-posted from BlogHer.