The Children’s Museum of Wilmington hosts birthday party for children displaced by Florence

A boy writes a birthday card during the party.
A boy writes a birthday card during the party.
Updated: Oct. 7, 2018 at 11:00 AM EDT
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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Children’s Museum of Wilmington will host a birthday party for children and their families who were misplaced from their homes due to the devastation of Hurricane Florence.

In partnership with the Cape Fear Volunteer Center’s Big Buddy Program, the party was held on Oct. 7 for children who were in emergency shelters during their birthdays.

“We all are trying to figure out ways to give back to the community and help the community and what we have is a building and a staff and they needed a place to hold the party so it’s perfect. It’s a good partnership and I’m really looking forward to having the children here,” said Jim Karl, Children’s Museum of Wilmington Executive Director.

The two hour party was held for six children and their families complete with presents, cupcakes, and goodie bags.

"There are going to be between 10 and 15 kids here and their family and we’re giving them access to the museum. Other volunteers from the network as well as other people from the community have provided presents and stuff for the party,” Karl said.

The children and their families were also given free access to the museum during the event.

“We all are trying to figure out ways to give back to the community and help the community and what we have is a building and a staff and they needed a place to hold the party so it’s perfect. It’s a good partnership and I’m really looking forward to having the children here," Karl said.

The Big Buddy program is a one-on-one mentoring program that matches at-risk youth ages 5-17 in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender Counties with positive adult role models.

Participating youth may have been involvement with the juvenile justice system, had excessive school suspensions, poor academic performance, and lack of a positive role model. A Big Buddy agrees to spend at least 8 hours per month with their buddy.

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