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.
- Complete an application at our store
- Select free gifts, cards, and books
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 971-289-6358.