(ABC News) – Megan Yunn started an organization that’s about something we all love: birthdays!
Everyone deserves to celebrate their birthday, but one in four kids in the U.S. live at or below the poverty line, and that means many of those families can’t afford to celebrate that special day.
But Megs is working to change that – one party at a time.
“We had a 9-year-old boy at a shelter once, I said why are birthdays important? He said Ms. Megs they’re about letting the world know that you matter.”
In this room he matters, she matters, they matter. This is their birthday party hosted by Beverly’s Birthdays.
“Beverly’s Birthdays is a non-profit organization that was founded 7 years ago when I met a little girl named Beverly that shared with me, she had never had her own birthday party or even her own slice of birthday cake.”
Meg Yunn learned Beverly was from a low-income family, who couldn’t afford the extra expense of a birthday party.
“I remember I was 26 years old and I said I would gladly give up all 26 birthdays for children like Beverly out there.”
Megs decided to start a non-profit called Beverly’s Birthdays, to provide birthday parties for kids like Beverly. She entered the idea in a contest winning $2,500.
“Oh, my goodness you have sloths on yours!!”
She quit her job and used that money to spread birthday cheer anyway she could, giving children and families birthday parties to be proud of.
Now, Beverly’s Birthdays has grown, partnering with school districts and social service agencies, celebrating 30,000 birthdays every year.
“It takes a lot of pressure off of me as a single mom.”
“There’s always help for you and your kids always going to know what a birthday is.”
“You worry about showing that love to your children and I’ll get the presents I got the party we’ll help you out…”
The parents are always grateful watching their children get the birthdays they know they deserve.
“Oh, my goodness you’re a superhero and you love without regard or concern without reward you just do it.”
But Megs says she’s not a hero, just doing what she was born to do.
“Everybody deserves to know love that’s why we matter and that’s why you matter and then that’s hashtag why smiles matter too.”
Yunn was honored for her work with a $10,000 donation presented by Mark Sevco, the President of UPMC Children’s Hospital, live on Good Morning America.
The $10,000 donation will now allow her to reach more than 4,700 children.
Megs Yunn, founder of @BevBirthdays, was honored for her work with a $10,000 donation presented by Mark Sevco, president of UPMC Children’s Hospital , live on @GMA! The $10,000 will now allow her to reach more than 4,700 children. #GMARoadTrip pic.twitter.com/fhY4D6pFjr— UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh (@ChildrensPgh) July 25, 2019
This story was originally published on July 25, 2019