Writing a blog post on my birthday has become one of my most favorite traditions. It gives me time to reflect on the past year as well as to share the heart behind celebrate! RVA. While I strive to always share the special moments and why I cherish every moment of my job — my birthday gives me the excuse to really reconnect with our mission.
My birthday always humbles me. It leaves me speechless that people take the time out of their lives to send a card, leave a voicemail, send flowers, and share their love. My birthday reminds me of my purpose in life. celebrate! RVA believes in spreading joy and creating a community full of celebrations. We believe in meaningful birthday parties where every child has the opportunity feel love.
We believe that every child deserves a party. Regardless of their families income, their parents incarceration, their grades in school — it doesn’t matter during a birthday party. What matters is this: we leave children feeling loved and cherished. Every child is worthy of a celebration. Each child should be able to celebrate the day they took their first breath and forever made their mark on the world. It is the day that their impact on our community became tangible.
Over this next year, a lot of really exciting changes and plans are in the works for celebrate! RVA. I can’t wait to share them with you. Because this year, I’m making a wish. I know you’re not supposed to share wishes, but I’ve clearly never really cared to follow the rules of life so here goes: I wish to celebrate every child in Richmond. I want to love on every birthday child who feels unwanted. I want to throw confetti and blow candles out. I want to create joy, and I want you to join me. So for my birthday, will you fill out a volunteer form here? Come along with us — I promise lots of cake, confetti, but most importantly, joy, will be involved.