About Us

Who We Are

We spread love through the simple joy of birthday parties for children who might not otherwise be celebrated.

We also provide take home "Birthday Boxes" to CASA/GAL and foster children through Seeds of Hope. These birthday boxes provide a way for families with limited opportunities to have the tradition of a birthday party in their home. 

Meet Our Staff

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Shelly Calvert   
Founder and Director
"Over-loves people"


Shelly Calvert is the founder and executive director of We Love Birthday Parties. She loves her children most (as seen above), but nothing is more rewarding to her than to see a child light up with joy as he or she is being celebrated. As a graduate of The Ohio State University, she's obviously a Buckeye's fan, but she loves parties more than football. Shelly lives in Troy, OH, with her husband, Paul, and two black lab dogs, who she also over-loves. Shelly and Paul have two grown children, Jordan (above), who acts like she doesn't like hugs, and Jacob (not pictured), who actually does likes hugs. Both kids were spoiled on their birthdays.

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Carianne Gaines

Program Coordinator

"Passionate about the Gospel"

Carianne joined We Love Birthday Parties in 2019 after graduating from Lee University. Her love of children and desire to work with special needs kids initially led her to teaching. After an internship with We Love Birthday Parties, her heart wrapped around the idea of celebrating kids as a way to reach them with a message of value and love. Cari's tender heart and deep faith give her the compassion needed to create great programs for our birthday kids! She is the best aunt ever created and she has big dreams for helping teen girls.

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