It’s hard enough when families wonder when, where or how they will get their next meal, but oftentimes special occasions like a birthday celebration get completely overlooked because of these day-to-day challenges.
A new volunteer group in conjunction with the Education Foundation for Billings Public Schools is looking to address that through take-home birthday kits. Since starting this fall, over 50 kits have been made and sent to students across School District 2 struggling with food insecurity.
Through the efforts of a local student and her mom, the program looks to not only provide a treat for a student and their family, but also to deliver a celebration they may not have otherwise.
“It’s easy and fast and it definitely helps a lot to make someone’s day and normalizes having a birthday (for them),” said Senior High freshman Ellie Edwards.
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Edwards first decided to get involved in charitable causes after learning about her middle school’s pantry program and the necessities it provides to homeless or food-insecure students. She then began contributing items herself along with promoting the program and encouraging others to fill the pantry.
Entering this year,