My mommy and daddy have decided that instead of presents, I will get to choose a different Charity to donate my birthdays too. Since I can't yet choose on my own (though I'd probably choose to take care of animals) my mom chose a charity that is important her, Forever Angels Baby Home. Forever Angels is an Orphanage in Tanzania that takes care of children from 0-5 years old. Many of these babies have been abandoned or have lost their parents, but others are in the care of the home as the Baby Home helps the families get back on their feet. They hope to reunite children with their parents but when this isn't possible, they help the babies get adopted. Additionally, the home takes care of children that are often in danger in Tanzania such as disabled children and albino children. They also created the Maisha Matters Project that supports strengthening a family so that they can be kept together (among many other things they provide formula, teach people to begin their own business, provide mothers jobs at the baby home, and provide parenting classes).
Instead of presents this year, please think about donating to the Baby Home (someday my mom is going to bring me to the orphanage to volunteer and I'd love to tell them about my first birthday!).