This July 4th, in true red, white, and blue spirit…

Let the night sky crackle and love sparkle, and join me in celebrating my special day for an exceptional cause that I hold close to my heart— children’s mental health.

I may not be able to help the entire world, but I would love nothing more than to help some part of it; and through this birthday fundraiser, my family and friends can help me achieve this goal.

The greatest gift that I could possibly receive to celebrate my birth is the gift of hope for a struggling child. With a donation of $5, $10, $25 or more, you’ll be helping vulnerable children of our community.

Every dollar raised through my birthday fundraiser will help the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut (CGC) purchase recording equipment for the Child First and Multi-Dimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) programs. Child First and MDFT are intensive in-home therapy programs that provide children and their families with treatment and support in their own environment. The children served through these programs struggle with a range of issues, such as depression, anxiety, violent outbursts, developmental delays, drug/alcohol use, and trauma due to abuse.

Recording therapy sessions is a requirement for these programs; however, the equipment that is currently being used produces poor sound quality. Therefore, clinicians struggle to hear the sessions during playback, and are also unable to replay the sessions for parents to help guide their parenting and communication with their child(ren). The birthday funds generated will assist  CGC in updating their recording equipment to ensure that children and parents are receiving even better support.

Any excess funds that are generated will be used to purchase toys and art materials for play therapy. CGC uses toys and art materials to help children tell their story, communicate their emotions, and foster the relationship between parent and child.

I urge you to help make my birthday wish come true by making a donation that will ensure that the children and parents have access to additional tools to assist them in overcoming their challenges to thrive.

To make a donation online, click here.

If you’d like to pay by mail or fax, click here.

Please be sure to input my name in the “In honor of” section of the donation form/page. Thank you so much for making my birthday extra special this year.


Muska Kayembe