With kids spending more time than ever at home, are you constantly looking for ways to keep them busy? Birthday Wishes, the Natick-based nonprofit that provides the simple magic of a birthday party to children experiencing homelessness, has you covered with a crafty new fundraiser.

Aside from cake and presents, a craft related activity is a hallmark of a Birthday Wishes party. Now, you can bring these special projects into your own home, providing a fun activity for your kids, and an opportunity to talk to them about giving back. 

The new Hearts & Crafts program is kicking off with a Pet Pack Craft & Activity Kit -- three pet-themed craft kits mailed to you for a $35 donation. A puppy puppet with a dog ear headband, a bubble-poppin’ fish with bubbles, and a “pet” turtle with a Race Across the River game -- these are some of the crafts that Birthday Wishes volunteers do with children at monthly parties in shelters. 

Each kit includes instructions and all required supplies to complete the projects. Extra supplies are included in each kit, just in case.

“There is always a reason behind the featured party craft and in the case of the Pet Pack, it’s to give the children living in the shelter ‘pets’ that they can take care of and play with since many had to give up their own pet when entering the shelter,” said Denell Nuese, Birthday Wishes Executive Director. 

Currently, Birthday Wishes is providing Birthday-in-a-Box boxes filled with party supplies and gifts to all shelters in its program as in-person parties have to come to a halt due to the pandemic.

Last year, the organization celebrated over 5,000 birthday boys and girls at birthday parties at more than 200 homeless shelters, as well as delivering over 3,400 Birthday-in-a-Box kits. 

To order your Hearts & Crafts kit here.