Our Program



We believe a birthday is one specific day per year when an individual should be recognized and acknowledged for his or her importance as a person and as a member of our community regardless of economic status.

To promote this recognition and self-worth, The Thoughts & Gifts Project provides to each qualifying youth and senior FREE

  • Birthday gifts up to $30
  • Birthday cards for a personal message
  • Age and level appropriate books

In addition, we host a monthly birthday party for all clients served during that month. For the safety of those we serve, our monthly parties are currently canceled but will resume once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.  


How it Works
  1. Complete an application at our store
  2. Select free gifts, cards, and books
  3. Celebrate your loved one!

To be eligible, the recipient:

    • must live in Polk County
    • be 0-18 or 65+
    • qualify for federal assistance, such as but not limited to SNAP, Medicaid, or free/reduced lunch (proof of need is not required).

For Youth: The primary parent or guardian must complete an application.

For Seniors: An application must be completed by the senior having a birthday or by referral, such as by a caretaker, neighbor, or relative (must be at least 18 years of age to complete the application).

Apply: Monday-Friday between 10 AM and 5 PM at 427 Main Street E in Monmouth.

Other: We understand transportation or our hours of operation may be a concern for some. If preferred, applications may be completed over the phone and birthday gifts delivered. All deliveries must be scheduled Monday-Friday between 10 AM to 5 PM. We automatically deliver to our seniors who are homebound or in a care facility. 


For more information or to apply by phone, contact us at info@thoughtsandgifts.org or call 971-289-6358.