Wesley Kress

Michael Kress

With 19 million birthdays celebrated every day we believe there is a beautiful opportunity to make the world a better place. Just imagine the possibilities if everyone decided to celebrate their birthday through acts of generosity and compassion. After hearing other people’s amazing examples through the Birthday Project, we promised ourselves that we too would pay it forward on our birthday. Our mission is not only to bring back the magic of birthdays by giving back, but also to help inspire others to do the same.

We have a keen awareness of the cold fall and winter temperatures and how this affects our body and mind. We realize how difficult it is to spend even short periods of time in the cold much less an entire night and life. Our vision is to help warm the hearts and bodies of the homeless during this most frigid part of the year. Thus, our Magical Birthday tradition began in November 2012 when one of us celebrated our 24th birthday by giving coats and winter clothing to the homeless. There was an overwhelming response and many people asked how they could help if we ever did something like that again. As our Magical Birthday tradition has continued so have the support, love and generosity.

We feel deeply compelled not only to inspire others to give back, but to allow others to donate to our vision as well. For our 8th annual Magical Birthday celebration of generosity, we invite you to give in any way that resonates with you – donating money (all proceeds are used to purchase coats, hats and gloves), donating new or used winter clothing, and/or donating your time on November 23rd, 2019 to help us hand out the winter clothing. Please keep in mind there are never donations too small or too big. Whatever resonates within your heart, we thank you, as do the people who will be affected by your gracious and heart-warming gift. When we give with our hearts, we are the one’s who are truly receiving.

We personally do not want any recognition and yet we do want to inspire and facilitate more of this vision in the world. In an era bombarded by negative mass media, what we focus our attention on is what we create. If we want to create a world of love, peace, gratitude, joy, acceptance, forgiveness, freedom, and respect we must be willing to inspire others to do the same. We must let go of the fear that others will perceive our actions as a way to bring attention or admiration to ourselves. There are two quotes below that describe the essence and importance of creating this website.

Thank you for spending your time reading our vision and story and enveloping your heart and spirit in the perspective of generosity. We hope that we have inspired you to join us in bringing back the true magic of birthdays and the holiday season with the gift of giving to those in need. Though even if you are not able to donate through financial means, winter clothing, or your time, just by reading this you have helped facilitate awareness and a spark for change within.

A birthday is truly a day to give thanks for everything and everyone that is a part of our life. There are so many blessings and we feel truly grateful. We have always believed that the best way to express our gratitude is to celebrate life by living it to the fullest and giving back to others.

“Birthdays from society have long been about what we “want” and to give to people that truly “need” on this day is something that was much more enriching than anything I could have ever asked for. The truth is that through todays experience the hugs, the conversations with the homeless, the difficult stories, jokes, and their ability to move forward, I realized I was not the one giving, I was the one receiving. I was the one being blessed with their true and genuine expressions of love, perseverance, and gratitude”Wesley Kress
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others”Marianne Williamson
“For some of us, the world appears to provide only a fixed quantity of each resource a limited amount of food, of money, of love, of success, of appreciation. For others, life is unlimited. Their world expands with the generosity, compassion, inventiveness, and service that they contribute. In this world-view, money that is spent or given away returns multiplied” Jonathan Lockwood Huie