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By Staci Torgensen

December 7, 2012 (San Diego)--At the ripe age of two, Journey’s birthday party is making a difference in the lives of victims of Hurricane Sandy. This beautiful young girl is turning her second birthday party into an event to remember.

Journey’s family has chosen to ECHOage her upcoming birthday party.  Instead of receiving many smaller gifts, Journey has used a birthday service that allows guests to contribute online.  Half of the funds will go to Kids in Distressed Situations – helping the victims of Hurricane Sandy - and the other half will go to a pink vintage play kitchen - a fitting gift for a Cookies and Milk birthday party theme.

Journey’s mom explains why the family chose Kids in Distressed situations.

“We are blessed with so much and I want Journey to start helping others at a young age. Those children lost most of their possessions and, in some cases, their families. I just want to instill in her the value of helping others. Journey has more toys than she knows what to do with, and I feel like this will be making more of an impact on her life, and the lives of those children”.

Journey’s Dad is in the military, deployed in Afghanistan and her loving mom is a full time student and stay at home mom living in San Diego.

We know that Journey has already made her mark on the world at such a young age and we look forward to hearing how she celebrates next year!

ECHOage is an online birthday party service that gives kids a chance to get the birthday gifts of their dreams while instilling the joy of giving at a very young age.

The process to ECHOage your birthday party is simple: guests contribute funds online, kids split their birthday bounty in two – half for gifts and half for charity. 

The result is a win for everyone involved – children, charities and busy families looking to give more and do less.

ECHOage makes birthday party planning a breeze at every step of the way.  From personalized invitations and thank you notes, allergy information, even awards to thank kids for their generosity.


Get great gifts. Give to charity.

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