I’ve waited almost 1 month to post the reactions from parents and their children to the eco party we hosted to celebrate Francesco’s 6th birthday. Nobody, and there were 20 kids with parents, had a single negative thing to say. I wasn’t worried about the reduction of party supplies concerning my guests and I was pretty sure they would like the give-aways…it was feedback about Francesco not getting any presents. I even had visions of children telling me I wasn’t a nice mommy for taking this away from him, but everybody, including the children loved it! Most parents had never attended a party where the birthday child’s parent requests that a small donation is brought for the birthday child in lieu of a gift. The total amount of dollars from the party is split in 1/2, the birthday child can purchase a special gift with their portion and a social cause is the recipient of the other 1/2. Parents just LOVED this idea! And the children all thought Francesco was the coolest for helping save the tigers. Comments from parents included “Love the idea of reducing plastic from the large amount of toys everyone receives at children’s parties” and “My older children heard about Francesco saving the tigers and would like to help the planet at their birthday party too!” .
The best comment from a parent regarding the give-away (planter that was wrapped with a brown recyclable bag, with dirt and seeds) was “This is bar none, by far, no doubt about it.. the VERY BEST giveaway we have ever seen. And I love the fact that there is nothing commercial about it!! And it’s so… well, uh…. GREEN!!!! The planter alone serves as a constant reminder that we need to “get back to the basics” with the kids… LOVE IT!!!”
As mentioned before, Francesco decided to donate 1/2 of his birthday money raised at the party to help the tigers. We donated his money via the online donation through the Wildlife Conservation Society’s website. If your child is a fan of wild animals, their website has some great information, very child friendly, and interesting. Their commitment to involving children with the conservation of wild animals is clear. One feature of their site has an awesome game for kids to play and learn (no donation is required) how their actions affect wild life and the planet. The page is called The Human Footprint and there are three steps to complete. First you choose to ‘Learn’ and you select one of the 31 animals featured. It gives you information about where that endangered animal lives, the problem the animal faces, what the WCS is doing to help, and how your child can help in the long term or within 24 hours. Pretty neat that my child can feel immediately empowered that they are helping their favorite animal! The 2nd step to this exercise is to ‘Act’ , so you select the ‘I want to help GO’ arrow where your child can read about global challenges and options they can commit to in order to help their animal. They can then select the ‘I want to do it’ box and realize that a very easy act can help make a difference for animals and the planet.
So drum roll please…..what did Mr. Francesco buy with his portion of the birthday money? Well, he’s been asking for Squawkers McCaw (a talking stuffed animal) for over a year. He was so excited to finally have it arrive home. I’m most proud that on his shopping trip to Toys R Us, he spent more money on his siblings than for himself. He bought Angelo linking logs which cost him more money than the talking parrot. He was so proud, generous, and responsible with his money. And when I asked him after the shopping trip which party he preferred; a party with presents or without, he said he liked picking his own. That put me at ease because I was concerned he would really miss those 20 minutes of ripping and tearing through great gifts!
Another very cute story from this party is both my boys believe that because of Francesco’s generosity, he has single handedly saved tigers from being endangered. Kids are so cute. When we talk about other animals that are endangered, both Angelo and Francesco pipe up “it’s too bad we didn’t save that animal at Francesco’s birthday party”. They believe that they have the power to eliminate an animal’s species from extinction. You know, with the domino effect resulting from this party, they might just be right.
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