PEPPERELL – All children love to celebrate that very special day each year – their birthday.
Many times, it’s with a party and lots of presents. But not all children are able to celebrate for various reasons. Unfortunately, one of which is the cost of having a party.
However, one Pepperell teenage girl started a project which became a mission in life for several families.
In 2013, Olivia Sergi was asked by her high school teacher to create a project that would impact the community in some way. Once Olivia began thinking about it, she recalled someone she knew who had never had the thrill of a birthday party as a child. That had a profound effect on Olivia who had many parties to count the passing years. How terrible it must have been for that child not to have had a birthday party. Olivia wanted all local children to enjoy their day with a special celebration.
So, Olivia along with her friend, Abbey Morelli created the organization, Birthday Boxes. Olivia and Abbey contacted PACH (Pepperell Aid from Community to Home) to make the project come true. The Birthday Boxes gets info about the eligible children from PACH, such as the birth date, gender, and age of the child but no names. A list is made and forwarded to Birthday Boxes monthly. Annually there are usually around 35 local children who receive this special birthday box.
When a child’s special day is approaching, a box is beautifully wrapped and filled with birthday party