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Student volunteers with the organization Birthday Wishes get (Credit: Robin Dahlberg)

Student volunteers with the organization Birthday Wishes get ready to load up a car with all the trimmings for a birthday party. Clockwise from left: Brandi Kobren, 16, and Julia Horowitz, 16, both of Syosett; and Allie Gold, 16; Jessica Rapfogel, 15; Rachel Gold, 16; and Jessica Rapfogel, 15, all of Woodbury. (April 4, 2013)

Birthday Wishes

Volunteer Nation: Nonprofit Birthday Wishes helps brighten the birthdays of needy children in Long Island's shelters.

Birthday Wishes Long Island director Jamie Rapfogel takes
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Birthday Wishes Long Island director Jamie Rapfogel takes a wrapped gift from Julia Horowitz. In the background, Brandi Kobren, left, wraps other gifts with Rapfogel's daughter, Jessica. (April 4, 2013)

Student volunteers with the organization Birthday Wishes get
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Student volunteers with the organization Birthday Wishes get ready to load up a car with all the trimmings for a birthday party. Clockwise from left: Brandi Kobren, 16, and Julia Horowitz, 16, both of Syosett; and Allie Gold, 16; Jessica Rapfogel, 15; Rachel Gold, 16; and Jessica Rapfogel, 15, all of Woodbury. (April 4, 2013)

Jamie Rapfogel started Birthday Wishes on Long Island
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Jamie Rapfogel started Birthday Wishes on Long Island in 2009. Often the party is neatly packaged as birthdays-in-a-box. (April 4, 2013)

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The birthdays-in-a-box created by Birthday Wishes typically include
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The birthdays-in-a-box created by Birthday Wishes typically include party supplies, games, crafts, paper goods, banners, party favors — everything needed to throw a spectacular birthday party. (April 4, 2013)

Julia Horowitz, 16, of Syosset, wraps a birthday
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Julia Horowitz, 16, of Syosset, wraps a birthday gift meant for a child living in a shelter. The gift will be part of a complete birthday celebration that the Birthday Wishes volunteers provide. (April 4, 2013)

Birthday Wishes volunteer Brandi Kobren, 16, of Syosset,
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Birthday Wishes volunteer Brandi Kobren, 16, of Syosset, helps Jessica Rapfogel, 15, wrap gifts. Jessica's mom heads the group's Long Island chapter, which helped 234 kids celebrate in 2012. (April 4, 2013)

Twins Allie, left, and Rachel Gold and Nicole
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Twins Allie, left, and Rachel Gold and Nicole Rapfogel frost cupcakes. (April 4, 2013)

Birthday Wishes volunteers load the back of a
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Birthday Wishes volunteers load the back of a car with toys, games, gifts and goody bags to be delivered to a homeless shelter for a child's celebration. (April 4, 2013)

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The back of Jamie Rapfogel's car is filled
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The back of Jamie Rapfogel's car is filled with gifts and other trimmings for a birthday party for a child in a shelter. Rapfogel is the Long Island director of the volunteer organization Birthday Wishes, which brings children living in shelters everything they need for a birthday party. (April 4, 2013)

Norma Ehrlich, 75, of Centerport, drives all over
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Norma Ehrlich, 75, of Centerport, drives all over Long Island delivering birthdays-in-a-box to children who live in shelters so they can celebrate their birthdays. (April 4, 2013)

Pat Vargianos, 52, of Medford, puts together two
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Pat Vargianos, 52, of Medford, puts together two to three birthdays-in-a-box each month. She has been volunteering with Birthday Wishes for four years. (April 3, 2013)

Cathy Phillips-Fuentes, 52, of Middle Island, with her
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Cathy Phillips-Fuentes, 52, of Middle Island, with her twin sons, Benjamin, left, and Stephen, and some of the gifts the boys received from Birthday Wishes on their 10th birthday. At that time, mother and sons lived in a motel for homeless families. (April 3, 2013)

Stephen Fuentes, of Middle Island, displays a letter
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Stephen Fuentes, of Middle Island, displays a letter that was taped to the birthday-in-a-box he received from Birthday Wishes on his 10th birthday. (April 3, 2013)

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These are the quilts Stephen and Benjamin Fuentes
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These are the quilts Stephen and Benjamin Fuentes received on their 10th birthday from the volunteer organization Birthday Wishes. Bright Hopes, another Long Island volunteer group, made the quilts. (April 3, 2013)

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