Rebekah Thomas started Project Birthday as way to brighten the lives of underprivileged children in local community on their birthday. Project Birthday took shape when Thomas’ daughter Emily made this a unselfish comment: “'I have everything already. Why don't we collect donations for kids who don't have anything?' " So instead of having the guests bring presents for Emily, they brought presents to collect for underprivileged children in the community. Since that first party, Project Birthday has partnered with local transitional housing organization to host birthdays for underprivileged children with a goal to show these kids that their birthday is important and should be celebrated.