Birthday Cake & Cards

Birthday Cakes – Bring a store bought cake once a month or once a year.  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.

Handmade birthday cards are also a huge boost to the youth’s self-esteem.  Make it a group or family activity and give a birthday child multiple hand-made cards.  We’ve witnessed kids at Echo fighting back tears when they receive 10+ cards made by community members who had neighborhood kids’ card making parties.

Both cakes & 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.  No need to sign up for making cards.  Just make as many as you’d like and drop them off or send them to:

Echo Glen Children’s Center
Attn: Rene Banks
33010 SE 99th St
Snoqualmie, WA 98065

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.

    More about making cards

    Leave individual card envelops 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.