Dom Dwyer to host birthday party to benefit Children's Mercy
At the July 10 Sporting KC match, forward Dom Dwyer announced he will be hosting a birthday party on Monday, August 1, to benefit the Child Life Department at Children’s Mercy. Dwyer’s party is just one facet of the Small Change – Big Difference campaign that teaches kids about the importance of giving back to their communities.
All kids ages 6-16 who donate to or register for his party at childrensmercy.org/domsbirthday will be entered to win an invitation to Dom’s party. Deadline to register is July 25 and 75 lucky kids will receive an invitation from Dom.
Dwyer is forgoing traditional birthday gifts and asking families to donate to Children’s Mercy. When donating to or registering, kids can see the most urgent needs of the Children’s Mercy Child Life Department and virtually purchase pre-selected gifts. Gifts range from toys and books for the playrooms, to NICU crib mobiles for the smallest patients, and even dog treats to reward two resident therapy dogs.
“We are so very grateful to Dom for giving to Children’s Mercy in this way and to everyone who participates in his birthday party,” said Jenea Oliver, PhD, Vice President of Philanthropy. “What a wonderful opportunity for children to help other children who are going through a difficult time!”
The Children’s Mercy Child Life program provides various comfort items and programs that help patients and families cope when receiving treatment. A visit from a therapy dog or an art project, for example, bring entertainment and joy as well as stress and pain relief. In 2015, the Children’s Mercy Child Life department recorded more than 120,000 individual services. The Child Life department at Children’s Mercy is funded entirely by generous donors.
Learn more about Small Change – Big Difference and get tips to help families teach children the power of giving back at childrensmercy.org/smallchange.