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Organization Rebuilds After Fire to Throw Birthday Parties for Kids Without Homes

Extra-Ordinary Birthdays is a nonprofit that throws birthday parties for children experiencing homelessness, but it had to rebuild after a devastating fire.

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Children experiencing homelessness can miss out on a lot of events, but the organization Extra-Ordinary Birthdays is rebuilding to ensure all kids get the chance to have a party on their special day.

Extra-Ordinary Birthdays lost everything about three years ago after an arsonist torched a strip mall in College Park, Maryland, where it housed all its party supplies. Then, the pandemic hit.

Now, it’s party time once again.

“Even the simple concept of a birthday party is pretty powerful,” the organization’s CEO Schinell Leake said. “They don’t feel like they’re part of a program. They’re really doing something that’s normal.”

Extra-Ordinary Birthdays pulls out all the stops with theme- decorations, goody bags and, of course, cake.

“We are saying, in essence, we see you, you matter,” Leake said.

It costs about $200 per party on average. If you would like to donate, visit

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