At Finally Family Homes we don’t just care for basic needs, but also heart needs. Young adults aging out of foster care often celebrate milestones – like birthdays and graduations – alone. These joyful times can be damped by isolation and drive home the feeling that they and their accomplishments aren’t valued.

That’s why we created celebration boxes for our young adults. By celebrating holidays and personal milestones with our youth, we impart a sense of being valued members of our family community.

We care deeply about making sure our young adults hear that they matter and are worthy of being noticed and celebrated.

How to Create a Celebration Box

Would you like to participate in helping a young adult feel seen and celebrated? Here’s how you can build celebration boxes for a young adult in need. Instructions are below. If you would like to create one or more boxes, please sign up here or by choosing the sign up button at the bottom.

Birthday Box Instructions

Prepare Your Box:

  1. Get a storage file box with a lid, approximately – 15” x 12” x 10″. You can use a banker box or a copy paper case box. 
  2. Select a theme / color scheme for your box. Please aim to keep it gender neutral.  All party supply items should coordinate – so if you choose the colors purple and black, all napkins, plates, streamers, etc. should be purple or black. You can also choose a theme if you think of one that’s appropriate for college aged youth.
  3. Gift wrap or decorate your box. The lid and box should be wrapped separately so the box can easily be opened and the contents seen, without destroying the wrapping paper. Be creative and do your best to make it look nice. There are some excellent tutorials on YouTube and cool ideas on Etsy if you need hints on how to wrap your box. Also consider decorating the inside of the lid or box!

Fill Your Box:

Decide on gifts and party items for the box. All items must be new, unopened, and non-perishable.

  1. Party themed tableware – 8 each
    • napkins
    • plates
    • cups
    • forks/utensils
  2. Party themed decorations
    • balloons
    • streamers
    • banner
    • candles (20+ to be safe)
    • table cloth
       
  3. Birthday person “it’s my birthday” wearables
    • It’s my birthday hat or crown
    • It’s my birthday pin or sash
  1. Other party fun ideas:
    • Glow sticks
    • Candies
  1. Gift ideas:
    • Grocery gift card
    • Small blanket (may go outside box if too big)
    • Self-care items: body wash, lotion
    • Notebook & pens
    • More gift ideas
  2. Notes of encouragement / birthday card(s)
brightly wrapped birthday celebration boxes stacked 5 high and 2 deep on a blue rug
Birthday celebration boxes created by Santa Clarita city employees

Download printable instructions here:

Thank you so much again for making the birthday of a young adult from foster care special. Your kindness means so much!

Graduation Box Instructions

Prepare Your Box:

  1. Get a storage file box with a lid, approximately – 15” x 12” x 10″. You can use a banker box or a copy paper case box. 
  2. Select a theme / color scheme for your box. Aim for the school colors if know them. All party supply items should coordinate – so if you choose the colors purple and black, all napkins, plates, streamers, etc. should be purple or black.
  3. Gift wrap or decorate your box. The lid and box should be wrapped separately so the box can easily be opened and the contents seen, without destroying the wrapping paper. Be creative and do your best to make it look nice. There are some excellent tutorials on YouTube and cool ideas on Etsy if you need hints on how to wrap your box. Also consider decorating the inside of the lid or box!

Fill Your Box:

Decide on gifts and party items for the box. All items must be new, unopened, and non-perishable.

inside celebration box - streamers, decorations, plates, candles
Celebration Box Contents
  1. Party themed tableware – 8 each
    • napkins
    • plates
    • cups
    • forks/utensils
  2. Party themed decorations
    • balloons
    • streamers
    • banner
    • table cloth
  3. Optional Gift ideas:
    • Grocery gift card
  4. Graduation / congratulation card(s)

Download printable instructions here:

Sign Up to Make a Celebration Box

Click the button below to sign up for one or more celebration boxes. Consider inviting friends over & make it a fun way to give back. Please note we also have other volunteer opportunities listed on the form – feel free to skip them or sign up if you like! Thanks for helping us celebrate our young adults who are aging out of foster care!