Birthdays Are The Best.
Now You Can Make Them Better.

Maybe you’re eight years old (and reading this with your parents), or 72 years young. Here’s one more way to celebrate your birthday, and make a difference: ask friends and family to give a gift in your name to dream build play experience to help fund the new universally-designed playground at Hillcrest Elementary in Downers Grove, IL.

If you share your request using social media, go ahead and tag us, and we’ll happily share and multiply your wishes. You can find us on Facebook.

If you’re not a fan or social media, or would like to anonymously give a gift in someone’s name, you can write to It’s that simple. And thank you.

Pledge Your Birthday

Recommended Hashtags:

#dbpexperience #dreambuildplayexperience #birthdays #hillcrestelementary

#makeachange #bestpresent #bestbirthdaypresent #school #powerful #fundraiser

#makeadifference #sharingiscaring

Sample Facebook Posts:

This year I’m doing something different to celebrate my birthday. In place of gifts and cake, I am asking for a $XX (insert your age) to the Dream Build Play Experience Hillcrest Elementary playground fund. The playground will provide a safe place to play for children of all abilities. 100% of the tax-deductible donation will benefit the playground.

Sample Tweets:

Giving up birthday, instead asking 4 donations 2 build accessible #playground at Hillcrest Elementary. (

Sample Emails:

This year I don’t want to celebrate my birthday with presents and am choosing instead to make a meaningful difference. Hillcrest Elementary school in Downers Grove needs a new playground. A safe playground that is accessible to children of all abilities. Together, we can make that happen. You can learn more about the project at:

I am asking you to donate ($XX–include your age) to celebrate my birthday and help kids dream, build and play together. Donations are tax-deductible and made through Abide in Me, a local non-profit that has partnered with Hillcrest to make this playground a reality.

Thanks for helping celebrate my birthday.

Sample Instagram Post: (INCLUDE LINK)

Giving up bday & asking for donations 2 build playground 4 kids of all abilities