Carrie Green is the founder of Happy Birthday Cha Cha Cha, a charity that brings birthday joy to children in need. She currently provides birthday gifts to around 800+ children from grades K-2 who would not receive any birthday gifts otherwise. She searches for schools in the Rochester area with a 90% or higher poverty level, and these are the schools & students she chooses to give these birthday gifts to.
She is one of our store artisans, selling her hand made jewelry, bookmarks, collar stays, shoelace tags and more. 100% of her sales go toward helping these kids in need have a birthday.
Here’s her display in the store:
Birthdays should be a chance for each child to feel especially loved and celebrated. But unfortunately, many children don’t have the opportunity to experience anything special on their day. That’s where we step in.
- Working with the Rochester City School District, we adopt K-2 classrooms where 90% of the students are qualified as “in need.”
- Our goal is that each child in the classroom feels noticed and cared about on their birthday. So, on their special day, we bring a burst of joy by providing both wants and needs.
- Each child receives two wrapped toys and a Cha Cha Cha bag full of goodies: Birthday Cake Oreos, a book, new socks and underwear, toothbrush, toothpaste, and soap, as well as a few grocery items (cereal, Mac n’ Cheese, fruit cups, applesauce, Spaghettio’s).
We also believe in the idea of kids helping kids, and of teaching them about giving back. That’s why we invite kids and teens to volunteer with us and to have a Cha Cha Cha party.
Would you like to help?
August is Back to School month here at the Waterloo Outlet Mall and we are asking for you to donate any of the following items. You can bring them right into our store! We are located 3 doors down from Nike!
- Each child receives two new wrapped toys for a total value of $20-25
- Nothing inappropriate (weapons, Bratz dolls, etc)
- Nothing that requires batteries or assembly
- Popular toys are Barbies, Barbie accessories, arts and craft supplies, basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, Transformers, cars, and trucks
- ‘Step Into Reading’ books. Levels 1 or 2.
UNDERWEAR & SOCKS
- New packages of underwear (boy and girl, sizes 6 – 12)
- New packages of socks (boy and girl, shoe sizes 10-4).
PERSONAL CARE ITEMS
- Crest Sparkle Toothpaste
- Oral B Toothbrushes
- Bars of Olay or Old Spice Soap
- Birthday Cake Oreos (chocolate or vanilla)
- Boxes of cereal
- Mac ‘n Cheese
- Fruit cups
- Applesauce pouches
- Cereal bars
- Chicken noodle soup
If you would like to make a monetary donation, you can do it right on their page here.
Thank you for supporting this great cause. Every child deserves to have their birthday celebrated!