CommuniGift is a company that enables children who are having birthday parties to donate meaningful gifts to other children who normally go without.
David had just met Zack Newbauer; they were chatting and munching on breakfast burritos with mutual friends. Zack explained his role at CommuniGift and David talked about his passion for documentary style video projects. It felt like when you press a puzzle piece into its right place with that accompanying silent crease of fittingness.
We followed two boys, Lucas and Omar, as both celebrated their birthdays. The CommuniGift team worked with the non-profit Volunteers of America to help Lucas select Omar as his birthday buddy. The day began as they woke up and went about turning a year older. Duck Duck Goose, bouncy castles, sleepy wake-ups, blowing out candles - we wanted to find the little parts of the day that helped show who these boys really are.
We spoke at length with Lucas’s mom Fiona about how important it is to her to be able to show her kids how to give back to those less fortunate, and to do so in a way that they can actually understand and relate to.