Because every kid deserves a happy birthday!

how it works

1. NOMINATION FORMS are available to print or to submit online. They are distributed to teachers, tutors and caregivers who work with children who are economically disadvantaged or are in family crisis. The criteria for nomination is simple. The nominee must be a child who:

- lives in Essex or Union counties.
is between the ages of 5 and 11
the nominator believes is in economic hardship or family crisis
has some special quality or circumstance that the nominator feels makes him/her deserving of a special party

​2. A panel of community members will read and discuss the nominations and select the birthday boys and girls.

TAKE THE CAKE will contact each selected child's family to let them know that their child has been chosen.

4. If the family is interested, we will meet with the child and his/her family to begin planning the festivities!