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  • Party on—for a cause

    Counting fliers for the United Way of Rutherford County, Tennessee.The Builders Club at Blackman Middle School, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, knows how to party. Working in concert with the nonprofit organization Candle Wishes, it stages birthday celebrations for children from needy families.

    “The monthly party for children and their families—about 150 people in all—gives needy children memorable birthday experiences, fulfills birthday wishes and provides for their basic needs,” says Jenny Williams, founder and executive director of Candle Wishes. “When the Builders Club sponsors a party, they are responsible for games and entertainment, providing and serving food, drinks and birthday cake to the families, singing Happy Birthday and distributing the birthday gifts.”

    The goal of Candle Wishes, Williams adds, is to provide for the basic needs of the birthday children by providing clothes, socks, shoes and other necessities, plus their birthday presents. Each gift is donated by individuals or groups who sponsor a child. In addition to hosting the party, the Builders Club also has sponsored a child in the past.Putting together a familiar orange box for a night—or day—of Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF.

    The birthday parties are among several projects the active Builders Club undertakes each year, some of them in conjunction with its sponsoring Kiwanis Club of Stones River-Oaklands. At its first meeting this school year, for example, the club sorted and counted fliers as a project for the Rutherford County United Way. Club members also are gearing up for this coming Halloween when they will participate in Trick-of-Treat for UNICEF.

    A lad has his eyes set on a bicycle during a recent birthday party for the needy.“It is incredibly encouraging when young people decide to make a difference in the community by helping organizations like Candle Wishes,” Williams says. “It is so important for groups like the Blackman Middle School Builders Club to set an example for other students and share their passion to help those in need. Candle Wishes could not serve these families in need without the support of groups like the Builders Club.”

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