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Our Mission

The DFW Birthday Brigade was organized to provide birthday parties for unsheltered youth. Our mission is to afford each homeless child the opportunity to be recognized and celebrate the joy of their special day. We provide encouragement, support, and programs to continue their education

By cultivating a movement to help educate homeless youth, DFW Birthday Brigade serves as a resource to inspire youth to successfully transition into society. Educating economically underprivileged teens can afford them greater chances of developing safe and healthy lifestyles.

DFW Birthday Brigade came about as a passion of founder Suzy Gardner. After seeing something similar being done in another community, Suzy posted a “we should do this” comment on Facebook and away it went.

People started donating their time, money, products, and services to help bring birthday parties to unsheltered youth, many who had never experienced a birthday party before. With the help of the community, other non-profit organizations, and local businesses, DFW Birthday Brigade has been able to provide a monthly birthday party for the children at the Presbyterian Night Shelter’s Women & Children’s Center, as well as those at ACH Child and Family Services.

Along with gifts for the children who have a birthday that month, the children and their moms are served a hot dinner graciously provided by Blue Mesa Grill. Goody bags are given to all of the children in attendance as well as cupcakes. Party games and entertainment round out the birthday fun.

About our Parties

Parties are held quarterly. We provide each child with a Goody bag, juice pack, and cupcake. Gifts are provided to each child who is celebrating their birthday that month and/ or quarter!

Over 1,200 volunteers have hosted 104 parties and served over 4,300 families.
Celebrated 796 birthdays!

Key Partners

While there are scores of individuals and organizations who make our programs successful, here is some information about our key partners.

Blue Mesa Grill - Stylish local restaurant offering a menu of brunch & Southwestern dishes. General Manager, Dennis McFarlin provides meals for every party given! Since 2016 we have served over 3,400 families!  * 612 Carroll Street * FW, TX   *   76107   * 817-332-6372


Dal Sanders Magical World Amazing Attractions – One stop shopping to provide everything needed for all events from venues, entertainment, décor and executing a memorable event. Dal and his talented wife Cinde, aka Boopsie the Clown are nationally recognized professional entertainers who donate their time and talents monthly to provide the youth we serve with joy and smiles!     *   * 214-720-2262

Glitz Bakery - Mandy and Chris Hamilton purchased the bakery in September of 2013. After owning the bakery for 7 years and slowly modifying the recipes and processes to make them their own, decided to refresh the brand by changing the name. The name Glitz Bakery was chosen because the Hamiltons felt it best describes the fun, bright, and sparkly products offered by the bakery. The name also aligns with the bakery’s mission statement: “Brightening your day one bite at a time.”  * 6104 Southwest Blvd * FW, TX   *   76109 * (817) 332-0090

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