Birthday Cakes

Birthday Cakes –  The residents come from all over the state of Washington.  Most either have family too far away to visit often or their parents may have too many issues of their own to be able to give attention and time to their incarcerated children.  Sometimes the cakes we bring are the first that a youth has ever been given to celebrate their birthday with.  Both cakes and cards are a huge boost to the youth’s self-esteem.  They demonstrate to the youth that people in the community know and care about them and that we have confidence in their futures. 

How it works –You will get an email the 3rd week of each month with the first name and age of all the youth with birthdays the following month.  Click on the link provided in the email and add your name next to the name of the child which you would like to provide a cake for. Or, ignore the email if none of the dates are convenient for you.

EMAIL to get on the monthly list.

    More about the cake

    Needs to be large enough so that the birthday child can celebrate with their whole ‘cottage’ (living quarters); this could be up to 18 kids and 2 staff.

    Must be commercially made. You can fax cake orders to Costco or another store for pick up (Costco’s 1/2 sheet cakes are perfect size).

    Please be sure to remove any of your personal information before delivering to Echo Glen.  Cakes often go directly to the youth.  Be sure the name of the birthday youth is easy to read/well marked.

    Please only cakes with NO peanut products.  Many youth are allergic.

    Deliver the cake  to Echo Glen by 5PM the day of the birthday or you can take it one day prior.

    Plates or napkins are O.K. but not expected or required (no candles).

    No gifts please – children are the same everywhere – if one gets a gift & the other does not, they feel shorted & less loved.

    Can include a card

    Leave individual card envelop unsealed. Staff is required to check each card.


    • Encouraging & inspirational poems, quotes, sayings or scriptures.
    • Your first name (only) & any group you are with

    Do not include:

    • Metal or sharp embellishments like mini clothes pins, brads or anything a youth could use to cut a wrist or hurt themselves with
    • Any contact info
    • Anything remotely judgmental. (Best to even skip mentioning their incarceration & stick to positive words.) Most youth have very low self-esteem already.