Woman Throws 30th Birthday For 130 Abused, Neglected Children

February 7, 2019

A woman in San Antonio celebrated her 30th birthday by throwing a party for 130 abused and neglected children at St. PJ's Children's Home.

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Amanda Rico

Amanda Rico said she was originally planning an extravagent party for herself.

"My husband had asked me what I wanted to do for my birthday," Rico told KSAT 12. "So I created a Pinterest board with things I wanted to do. I started to think about all the extravagant things I wanted to do -- my birthday cake. I wanted to have mariachis, and I wanted them to serenade me."

But a children's book changed everything.

She was reading a book titled "Light Up the Darkness" to her young boys before bed and one passage in particular hit Rico deep.

"It says, 'I was just a boy one winter's night beneath my favorite tree. It was the night of my 12th birthday all alone as I can be. No cards, no cake, no candles, no presents wrapped for me, because no one threw a party for a little boy who couldn't see'."


That's when she decided to throw a party for others instead.

"I stopped and said, 'Wow! Am I being selfish that I have been blessed with 30 wonderful years of life? And how many other children out there that do not have the opportunity to have a wonderful birthday or experience these great things?'"

With help from friends and volunteers, Rico surprised all of the children staying at St. PJ's Children's Home with a night to remember.

"They thought they were just going to have a normal dinner and then go back for bath time and then back to their dorms," Rico said. "They got a lot more than that."

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