Birthday Wishes & Universal Plastics Announce New Corporate Partnership in Western MA

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Thermoformer has made a donation to Birthday Wishes to directly support the costs for one year of monthly birthday parties at "A Family Place" in Holyoke

Birthday Wishes brings birthday parties to homeless children, believing that all children, regardless of their living situation, should celebrate their birthdays joyfully, surrounded by family, friends and others who care. Founded in 2002 as a volunteer organization serving one Boston shelter, Birthday Wishes presently reaches homeless children living in more than 200 shelters and transitional living facilities in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Long Island, NY.

“I could not be more pleased with our new partnership with Universal Plastics,” commented Lisa Vasiloff, Birthday Wishes cofounder and executive director. “The caring culture of the company and its employees in Holyoke, MA make it a perfect partner for our corporate adopt-a-shelter program, and will serve the children living in Holyoke’s A Family Place beautifully.”

Universal Plastics has made a donation to Birthday Wishes to directly support the costs for one year of monthly birthday parties at A Family Place. Additionally, the company will coordinate and provide volunteers to help run the parties and is exploring additional ways it might engage its employees in the Birthday Wishes program.

“At Universal Plastics, making meaningful contributions to the local communities we live and work in is a fundamental part of our company culture,” said President, Jay Kumar. “Alongside manufacturing workforce development, serving our local communities and encouraging our employees to do the same are the traditions Joe Peters, the previous co-owner, has set up at Universal Plastics, which we continue to do.”

About Universal Plastics
Founded in 1965, Universal Plastics is a leader in the thermoforming industry. Located in Holyoke, MA, its plant has over 95,000 square feet. As Universal Plastics has grown, the company has refined and further developed the thermoforming process to allow the manufacture of large and complex products that could never have been conceived in the previous generation. Today’s thermoformed products can match the quality and finish of injection molding, in high performance plastics, and in sizes that dwarf the capabilities of most molders. Universal Plastics is proud to offer a manufacturing service which is equally state of the art. As a family-run business, it takes special pride in upholding a strong commitment to its customers and employees. For more information about Universal Plastics, please visit

About Birthday Wishes
Birthday Wishes goal is to serve all homeless children living in New England and to make its model available to homeless family programs nationwide. This year, more than 24,000 children will experience the joy of a Birthday Wishes party. More than 500 volunteers every month are the heart of the program, without whom we could not carry out our mission. For more information about Birthday Wishes and our regional office in South Hadley, MA, please visit

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