Group launched to provide birthday parties to kids in need

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A new private foundation and pending 501c(3) nonprofit in the Lowcountry called The Celebration Projects aims to provide deserving children in need with a birthday party.

The nonprofit is seeking children who are currently or have been experiencing any adversity.

From physical disabilities, learning disabilities, children with Austism, or those experiencing financial hardship, The Celebration Projects is accepting nominations and applications on its website, www.thecelebrationprojects.org.

“There are many organizations that are thankfully providing children and their family with basic needs,” founder Libby O’Regan said in a release. “Our goal is to bring pure joy to children through the simple act of a birthday party.”

O’Regan believes having a birthday party promotes self-confidence, self-worth, and creates the chance to bridge socio-economic gaps, foster inclusion, reduce bullying, connect individuals, and create a lifetime of memories.

“We believe the simple act of a birthday party has the power to change the course of a young person’s life,” O’Regan said.

When an applicant is accepted, there is no cost for the family or any of the attendees for the party. The recipient of the party will work with the organizers to dream up their party.

The Celebration Projects team will work with the child to visualize a theme, such as a train theme, superhero theme, or mermaid party. The party will include a location, activities, entertainment, food, drink, cake, decorations, and favors for up to 30 people. The party will even include gifts.

The organization will rely on the financial contributions of generous donors and the support of dozens of businesses in the community.

Many businesses and individuals have already pledged their support to donate their services and products when they are able. A ticketed fundraiser to include an auction is being planned for next May.

To learn more about how you can partner, donate, or nominate, please visit www.thecelebrationprojects.org or reach out to Libby O’Regan at libby@thecelebrationprojects.org.