Megan Yunn, 33, used to run a youth program in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Back in 2011 she was helping a 12-year-old girl named Beverly with vocabulary homework. One question asked, "What are people accustomed to eating at birthday parties?" Even after hearing what the word "accustomed" means, Beverly could not answer the question, because her family was very poor and she never had a birthday party. Megan cried as she drove home that day, thinking about Beverly.
A few months later, she started a nonprofit called Beverly's Birthdays. It throws parties for homeless kids. Since it began in 2012, she and about 200 volunteers have thrown parties and given presents to over 30,000 kids. She says it's never really been about birthdays. "When you strip away the birthday aspect, it's just about letting children and their parents know they matter."