Birthday Cards for Foster Kids

Each Monday this summer, I have invited some special guests to share a fun service idea you could do with your kids. To kick off the “Summer of Service” series, I want to show you a fun idea I did with my own kids just last week.

Last Fall I bought a really great book titled 52 Weeks of Fun Family Service, by Merrilee Browne Boyack. One of the many fun ideas suggested in this book is to make Birthday cards for Foster kids. Here is what we did:

When I told my kids we would be doing service activities each week this summer on “Thoughtful Thursday”, my 4 year old asked, “What is service?” We had a simple discussion about what it means to be of service: we will have a lemonade stand and donate money to a charity, we will write letters to our grandparents who live out of state, we’ll bring dinner to the new mom at church, we’ll bake cookies for the lonely widow on our street, pick up trash at the community park etc. I then told them in my own words a cute story about service from Thomas S. Monson. My kids and I talked about how service can make us feel and how important it is for us to serve others.

None of my kids had ever heard of “Foster Kids”, so I explained to them that not all children are as blessed as they are to have a home with a family and that many kids are put into a Foster Home and are watched over by other people. Some foster kids don’t know what it is like to be loved, or have friends and many of them do not get to celebrate their birthdays. When I suggested that we take the time that day to make these kids some cards for their birthdays, my kids were all over it!

First, we gathered supplies:

We had cardstock, scissors, glue, stickers, crayons, markers, ribbon etc.

Next, we got creative:

With a plethora of supplies at hand, the kids had a blast decorating and writing sweet messages to kids they don’t even know!

Then, we shipped them out:

We put all of the cards in an envelope and got them ready to go into the mailbox. I did a google search for foster homes in my area and found a children’s foundation that dealt directly with the foster care system. I called the number and spoke with a lady who gave me an address that would take the cards and distribute them.

Lastly, we Grabbed a Treat:

The book suggests making ice cream sundaes to celebrate anyone and everyone’s birthday, so we hopped in the car and drove to our favorite yogurt shop and grabbed a fun treat! It was a great ending to a great afternoon. My 8 year old said to me, “Mom, doing service is fun!” …and I think so too!


Stay tuned for even more service activity ideas right here on Somewhat Simple each Monday!summer of service

About Stephanie

Wife, mom of 5, preschool teacher, and creator of Somewhat Simple, Stephanie has a passion to create and inspire. She is an Orange County transplant who is now enjoying life in Phoenix, AZ. She enjoys traveling, shopping, organizing, cooking and creating simple projects for her home and family.


  1. Thanks for teaching your kids about what it is like to help others! We are a foster home, just got our first “placement” and are loving it. He came the same week our biological son did so I have “twins” 13 years apart. It is our hope that others will see how being “foster parents” is not such a bad thing (we are a young couple with 2 young children and a farm) and will consider it themselves. We love it!

  2. I’m “borrowing” your thoughtful Thursday title! It fits perfectly. My husband and I lead/host a bible studie at our home on Thursdays. This summer our group is cooking in the park for who ever might want/need a burger. The kids and I can do a morning service project and then go as a family in the eveningto serve at the park. I’m so excited!!! Looking for the book today.

  3. As a foster mom, I thank you for that!

  4. What a wonderful thing you’re doing. I love the idea of your Thoughtful Thursdays and am excited to talk about service with my own kids. We’ve already discussed volunteering, etc., but I love the idea of doing a weekly service project. Thanks for sharing.

  5. What a great service project! We adopted four foster children and little gifts that they could call their own are so important to them. Thank you for the great post. I love the idea of a service project each week. Are you going to have more ideas for this in your Summer of Service?

  6. Cutest idea yet Steph-and I love pictures of your cute kids! This really is such a great idea and I’m glad that your a blogger that cares about helping others.

  7. I love, love, love this post. In fact, I’m going to tweet and fb about it! I follow you through my blog “Calling All Sleepyheads” but I also blog for KidzRAP. KidzRAP(Kidz Reaching All People) is a non profit group that equips families to help those in need. We have a website at that features a hands-on monthly project, with step by step instructions and talking points, all in a downloadable pdf for free. It’s so in-line with your series! Thanks so much for teaching your kids to serve others!

  8. another great idea-my kids would love this too!

  9. virginia vann says:

    from someone who aged out of foster care and didn’t get anything on their birthdays–thank you. thank you for caring about the kids who get left behind and thank you for setting an incredible example for your children. youre amazing!

    • another GREAT idea is for kids that age out of foster care…….find out if/what your state agency does for them and then see where you can help…..Finally our area started giving them a going away lunch with gifts to ‘get started’ on……bedding, dishes, etc……some used to leave with just the clothes on their back and because they had ‘aged out’, the department couldn’t help them anymore. This is a great idea for your YM/YW groups, as well as Christmas gifts for this same age group; everybody wants to buy for the cute little babies……foster kids are as diverse and as normal as all kids, like any kind of jewelry, music, books, etc…..and the teens are the ones that have the fewest donations at the holidays.

  10. As a new foster mom. I thank you so much. We have two young foster daughters right now and wishing every day that we see an email come through that we could take more in. It is great that people that awareness of foster children’s needs are growing. Thank you so much.

    I also love the idea of a service project weekly. I think we will be applying this in our home

  11. Jessica @ Two Shades of Pink says:

    I adore this idea! We were foster parents for 3 years and adopted out oldest daughter after fostering her. I love, love, love this idea and I think you are incredible for doing this with your family and sharing your experience. I am so inspired!

  12. I love this idea and hope to incorporate it into my summer! It looks like I’ll be looking for this book soon! Thanks again!


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