A Cause Worth Celebrating

552089650_2fca7d2f27_mWant to cut back on the amount of toys that never make it out of the toy box, or think it’s time to teach your kids about charity? Then check out ECHOage for your child’s next birthday bash. Founded by two moms, this site invites your party’s guests to make a contribution (between $10 – $30) instead of bringing a present. Half of this is then donated to a charity, while the other half is sent to the host so that they can purchase a single gift for the birthday girl or boy. Your child gets one meaningful present that she really wants, and learns a lesson in giving. Bonus: you don’t have to clean up the wrapping paper and ribbons left behind in the aftermath of tearing open gifts!

Do you think your kids would be cool with an ECHOage party? Or is the thrill of the pile of presents half the fun of a birthday party?

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  1. by RJR

    On February 26, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    This is an outstanding idea – it teaches children an important lesson about giving while helping to make my life as a parent much easier. This made my day.

  2. by cw

    On February 26, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    I think reducing the gift grab is a great idea — we do gifts every other year at my daughter’s parties. On the off year, kids bring a book to exchange.

  3. by Eden Paige

    On February 26, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    FINALLY! It is about time someone create a true solution to the birthday party madness…Thanks to echoage.com we can have our cake and eat it too! Sign me up!

  4. by Amy

    On February 26, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    Love this idea. So cool on many levels. Can I do for my birthday too!

  5. by Karen

    On February 26, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    I guess I’m the only one who hates this idea. I don’t like dictating gifts. I think it’s rude, especially when there’s a monetary value attached. If you want money to go to charity, list that – In lieu of gifts, we’d appreciate a donation to the Humane Society. And buy the big present yourself.

  6. by Andria

    On February 27, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    I am on board with Karen, I don’t like to ever tell a guest what to bring as a gift, especially stipulating a dollar amount. A gift is something that should be given as a gesture of love. For my son’s birthday parties I suggest no gifts for our guests. We instead focus the party on the games and socializing. I do however appreciate anything that can teach a child charitable giving. This just would not work for our family.

  7. by Andria

    On February 27, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    I am on board with Karen, I don’t like to ever tell a guest what to bring as a gift, especially stipulating a dollar amount. A gift is something that should be given as a gesture of love. For my son’s birthday parties I suggest no gifts for our guests. We instead focus the party on the games and socializing. I do however appreciate anything that can teach a child charitable giving. This just would not work for our family.

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