Imagine being back in elementary school and getting called into the principal’s office on the first day of school. You know you haven’t done anything, so you can’t imagine why you’ve been called there. Then it hits you, today was your little brother’s first day of Kindergarten, and you know he’s causing trouble. It turns out you’re right. The principal needs you to talk your brother down from the top of a bookcase, where he is perched up cawing like a bird.
While this goofy scenario is, fortunately, the fictional experience of Peter, the main character of Judy Blume’s childrens books Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and Superfudge, blog readers with younger siblings can probably relate. Like Peter in these books, when children start to reach the ages of 8 to 11, they start to have more responsibilities. Whether this involves mischievous little brothers, increased school work, helping out around the house, children 8 to 11 oftentimes have things they need to be concerned about. For this reason, we at HSP want to make sure that needy children in this age range don’t have the additional worry of wondering whether their birthday is an event that their family simply can’t afford.
While our children’s birthday project serves needy children ages 3-11, we are always in the greatest need of gifts for children 8-11. Gifts for children in this age range can include board games, legos, sports equipment, model kits, puzzles, craft kits, or card games. If you would be interested in helping HSP reach needy children on their birthday by donating some items such as these, they can be dropped off at our center at