ANDOVER, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — An Andover non-profit is ensuring that children in less than ideal living situations can still experience the joy of a birthday party.
One Wish Project delivers birthday cakes and toys to kids in shelters and foster care throughout Massachusetts.
College junior Hannah Finn, 19, started the non-profit when she was 14 years old by baking cakes for children at Lazarus House, a family shelter in Lawrence.
"What if I used my passion for baking to help those kids and to give them a birthday that they might not be able to have because of their circumstances," Finn told WBZ NewsRadio. "I was using my babysitting money to pay for little gifts from the dollar store."
Since its inception, One Wish Project has grown to more than 100 volunteers who help deliver cakes and toys to 600 children across the state.
"The children forget who we are, what their cake looked like down the road, so be it, but we want them to always remember how they felt that day," said Finn.
WBZ's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports.