We’re excited to share this fantastic story sent to us by Jeff, a proud father and Outreach supporter, about his lovely daughter Sarah’s birthday tradition.

Hello,

Just thought we would drop a line to let you know how proud we are of our daughter, Sarah. When she was 9 years old, she decided that she didn’t want to receive birthday gifts, she would like her friends to bring cash to donate to Outreach International. As a result, that first year she raised $398 and was featured in your 2010 annual report.

In 2012, we moved to a new community, and Sarah continued the tradition. Her friends wholeheartedly embraced Sarah’s idea, and now some of them are asking for donations to their favorite charities rather than receiving traditional birthday gifts, too.

Fast-forward to 2016, Sarah turned 14 on January 15, 2016, and once again asked her friends over for a celebration. She chose not to go anywhere— no fancy plates or birthday decorations, and a simple selection of food like pizza, tacos, and of course, cake and ice cream. The simple setup was to ensure she could contribute the money we would have otherwise spent on her birthday to Outreach, instead.Sarah_birthday_cookingSarah uses the free gifts from the Outreach Gift Catalog as prizes for her next birthday, encouraging her friends to donate. The gifts serve to further the message of Outreach by getting the bag and mug to other families that may donate, as well.

When I asked her why she wanted to give to Outreach, she said, “I would rather help other people than get stuff for myself.”  She further stated, “I want everyone to be happy, healthy, and educated no matter what country they live in.”

Submitted by Jeff
Proud father and Outreach supporter

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