Birthday blessings from River Ranch

By J.B. Blocker, Viewpoint
Happy Birthday to Jenny, Maya, Makayla, James, and Jonathan

The Big Day of the year, the my day, the only day we really call our own, is our BIRTHDAY.

Patricia Morris and her group of volunteers think about it all the time. They can’t bear the thought that that children would go through their special day without a little special attention.

They know the smiles, and they see the effects that their little Christian-based organization has been having on children. BirthdayBlessing is an all volunteer 501(c)(3), not for profit organization that sponsors birthday parties for children in Collin County. A little goodwill goes a long way.

They want organizations to send recommendations for others and then come see how much better you feel and share the moment with the happy, grateful families that you touch.

Each birthday party for about a dozen includes a party location, special personalized cakes, a pair of shoes, a complete outfit, various gifts, and a Bible. Of course, the prayer of thanks for each child is also a special moment when every one is sharing a moment with God and child.

River Ranch Educational Charities at the Frisco Horse Park on 121 and Coit is the monthly scene for many of these birthdays over the last year. Last week, five children who were suggested by the Boys and Girls club and the Samaritan Inn had their day.

Each child was able to invite friends from church and school to share the fun. They rode ponies and horses. They bounced, petted, screamed, and chased each other. They swung, ate, chased goats and sheep, and then got chased by a mother hen scrambling to hide a dozen orphan chicks from three dozen curious children.

In the stables, corals, and pastures that border 121 are more than 100 horses, a full assortment of other eqine, and of course, a petting zoo overseen by an impressive Peacock. Lessons are being given to the north, trail rides go on, stalls are being mucked, food and water is being moved around, and the flavor of the Old West is seeping in to the pores of the birthday guest.

One Sunday afternoon each month (depending on weather), the Frisco Horse Park provides their venue and staff for Western birthdays.

HELP YOURSELF!

I was there Sunday. I saw the joy. Heard all the giggles and screams of delight. I took them in to the goat pens and showed them what a 5-pound lamb and kid goat felt like to hold and gently pet. I saw the awed respect for a 1,000-pound beast that will give you a ride.

Children are cutting their own cake supplied by bakeries like Elizabeth Cakes and Hands on Design of Allen. Opening presents they hoped for but never expected. Anxious to try on their new shoes and clothes, these children not only wanted, but needed.

I was that 5-year-old orphan in Japan who thought no one would adopt me because all I wore was old hand me downs. I remember almost every thing about my 6th birthday with my new family. She made me a chocolate locomotive cake with cream pie in the middle. My new mom! And the new shirt and tie I could wear to church with nice shiny black shoes like my new dad. I was so proud I can still feel it. I have a photo where I am dressed in my new family.

This is as rewarding a program as I have seen for instant and long term gratification. And it’s great for the Birthday kids too.

BirthdayBlessingtx.com is where you can contact Patricia. Or you can call 214-986-2377 to offer birthday support in the way of volunteers, food, toys, gifts, clothes, or other locations to hold parties. You’ll feel better, I promise.

J.B. Blocker is a media consultant based in Historic Downtown McKinney.

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