CI Heroes: Blessed Birthdays

Twin Cities Woman works to spread faith and hope

BLOOMINGTON - One twin cities woman believes no child should have to go without celebrating their birthday, no matter if they have a home to celebrate in or not.

Her party planning for complete strangers, is making her our CI Hero.

“I just really felt it in my heart, that there were children out there that might not ever be able to have that feeling.”

Staci Yehl started “Blessed Birthdays” several years ago with her family.

She wanted to teach her sons about community service, and wanted to spread her faith.

She hated the fact that because a child was homeless they may have missed out on a birthday.

So, once a month she hosts a party at Home Sweet Home Mission in Bloomington, for any child who is living there who has a birthday that month.

They play games, make crafts, open presents and of course eat cake.

She does the same for Big Brothers Big Sisters, where we caught up with her.

“My favorite part would probably be to see the look on their face when we're singing happy birthday and they get to blow out the candle. It's really special to see the joy,” says Yehl.

Staci says she couldn’t host Blessed Birthdays without her volunteers.

Here’s a link to the Facebook page dedicated to the birthday parties.

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