Charity Party Ideas
Charity birthday parties are a great birthday
party idea for kids who want to
give back to their community.
Start planning your Charity birthday
party by deciding what Charity your child would like to support.
Then call the Charity and ask them what items they need. This will
give you a good idea of what to ask your guests to bring or what you
would like to do at the party to collect those items.
On the invitation let guests know that the party will be to
benefit the Charity you have chosen.
On the invitation ask guests to bring an item to support the
Charity instead of a present for the birthday child. You
might want to include some literature or a website address for
the charity so that guests (and their parents) will be familiar
with it before arriving at the party.
Let guests know what you will be doing at the party to support
the charity. See ideas below.
Some ideas for Charities to support:
Ask guests to bring items for the animals in your Animal Shelter -
or have a fun Animal Shelter Scavenger Hunt throughout your
neighborhood. Collect gently used items for the Shelter and then
pack the guests up and let them deliver the items together. If you
call ahead some shelters will give group tours and even let you walk and
play with some of the animals. We've compiled a great Animal
Shelter scavenger hunt list with 23 things to search for that Animal
Shelters usually need. The
Animal Shelter scavenger hunt lists are
free to print out. There are also some more fun ideas for an
Take part in a local walk/run/marathon. Meet before the walk/run
for a birthday breakfast or meet after the event for a brunch.
Instead of walking or running in the event put the kids in charge of a
pit stop station and let them hand out water to the runners. Ask
for donations to go to the charity and buy the party guests event shirts
(which also benefit the charity) as favors.
Let the guests make cards to cheer up sick children in hospitals.
Set out lots of blank note cards, paints, markers, scrapbook embellishments,
feathers, glitter, etc. and have the kids make several cards each for
patients in Children's hospitals. Call the hospital before the
party and ask if there are any guidelines you need to take into
consideration. Instead of birthday presents guests can bring
books, toys and puzzles to donate to the hospital.
Clean up a local park
Check with your City's Park and Recreation office and ask if there are
any parks that need cleaning up in your area. Supply the party
guests with large thick trash bags and gloves. When the park
cleanup is done set up a birthday picnic at the park and play outdoor
Or have a fun
Nature Scavenger Hunt
- free item lists to print out!
Check with your local Food Bank and see what items they need. Make
up a Food Bank scavenger hunt list with those items and send the party
guests into the neighborhood to find them. You can also ask on the
invitation that instead of a birthday present the birthday child would
like some canned goods for the Food Bank. After the
scavenger hunt load up the items and take them to the Food Bank.
If you call ahead some Food Banks will give the kids a tour and even let
them stock shelves.
Directions and rules for scavenger hunts.
Check with you local Homeless Shelter and see what items they need.
Make up a Homeless Shelter scavenger hunt list with those items and send
party guests into the neighborhood to find them. Common items
needed are: toothbrushes, combs, brushes, toothpaste, hats, gloves, hair
accessories and small rubber bands, beanies, socks, band aids, shampoo,
towels, rain ponchos and blankets. You can ask guests on the
invitation to bring some of these items instead of a birthday present.
Some shelters also need backpacks filled with items for younger children
such as stuffed animals, blankets and toys.
Military Care Packages
If you know of a man or woman in the Armed Services you could brighten
their day with a care package from home. Send the package to the
whole unit and lift all of their spirits by knowing someone cares about
them. Find out what items are needed and acceptable to send
overseas and send it with your party invitation. At the party have
a photo of the person or unit you will be sending the items to so the
kids can create a connection with them. Let the kids make
homemade cards and send pictures of the party with the package.
Teddy Bears / Stuffed animals for Traumatized children
Many Police Stations and Fire Departments are collecting stuffed animals
to give to traumatized children after a fire or an incident that
requires the police. Ask guests to bring a new (with tags)
stuffed animal with them to the party or have a build your own stuffed
animal party and let the guests make the stuffed animals to give away.
Charity Party Favors
Ask the Charity that you are going to support if they have t shirts or
items for sale that will benefit the charity - then hand them out to the
guests as party favors.
Some organizations have thank you certificates
that they print out and give to volunteers - ask if your charity does
this and if not, make them yourself to give to the guests.