Adam Sender said that Denver has a startling number of 3,000 homeless children. For these children every day is a struggle for survival. They do not get the luxury of wishing for toys or video games on their birthdays. Instead, they hope to get to much as a warm meal for dinner. A Denver non-profit organization called Colfax Community Network set out to change this.
The organization, led by Rise Justice, throws birthday parties for the homeless kids at the center. Homeless kids usually spend their days there anyways before heading to various motels where they have to live. To make their birthdays special Justice surprises the kids with cake and small gifts and everyone at the center agrees that the looks on the children’s faces when they arrive to their parties are priceless.
Justice has led the Birthday Smiles program for 15 years and plans to continue throwing birthday parties for homeless children and providing them with the birthday experience that they all deserve.