Spotlight on the Kumar Family

When Pia and Jay Kumar’s young daughter, Inaara, was about to turn one, her proud parents wanted to find a very meaningful way to celebrate the special occasion.  After a quick ‘parties for children’ search on Google, Pia found the perfect fit – Birthday Wishes.

She was immediately struck by the inclusive, grassroots nature of the organization, and its very special mission of providing birthday parties for homeless children.

Soon after, Pia volunteered at her first Birthday Wishes party at A Family Place in Holyoke, MA.  “What a wonderful gift to have the privilege of giving back in such a meaningful way,” said Pia. “When my daughter is older and asks to volunteer at a Birthday Wishes party with me, I k now I will have done my job as a Mom.”

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Party Coordinator Eva Dion commented that “Pia is an amazing volunteer. The children and families at this shelter really love their arts and crafts projects. Pia was totally immersed in the spirit of the activities, and sweetly played with the children as they decorated pumpkins.”

It didn’t stop there. The Kumar’s family run businesses, Universal Plastics & Mayfield Plastics, take special pride in upholding strong commitments to its customers, employees and community. Pia and Jay made a significant monetary donation to Birthday Wishes to directly support the cost of monthly parties at A Family Place for one year. Additionally, the companies will coordinate and provide volunteers to help run the parties and will explore additional ways to engage employees in the Birthday Wishes program.  Discussions are already underway for a Universal Plastics & Mayfield Plastics team at CakeWalk next May!

“I couldn’t be more pleased with our new partnership with Universal Plastics,” commented Lisa Vasiloff, Birthday Wishes cofounder and executive director. “The caring culture of the company and its employees make it a perfect partner for our corporate adopt-a-shelter program, and will serve the children living in Holyoke’s A Family Place beautifully.”

To learn more about Birthday Wishes click here.