Birthday Boxes

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What's a Birthday Box?

What started as a small way to celebrate and remember Marco's birthday by showing kindness to others, quickly turned into more than 2,000 birthday celebrations for children across Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana thanks to the generosity of people like you!

Each birthday box contains cake mix, frosting, candles, a birthday card for parents/guardians to sign, and a gift.

How can I help?

Due to Covid-19, our process for collecting donations, assembling, and distributing Birthday Boxes has changed. Though Marco Shemwell Foundation will provide cake mix and frosting for all Birthday Boxes,



If you would like to donate items for Birthday Boxes, you can purchase through our Amazon Wishlist to be sent directly to Marco Shemwell Foundation. 

Our main Wishlist will provide Birthday Boxes to children in all our service areas, focusing on Central Kentucky.

If you prefer to purchase items specifically for Harlan, Henderson, or Nashville you can select their respective Wishlists.

(Marco Shemwell Foundation is part of the Amazon Smile network. You can select us as your charity of choice and a portion of all eligible Amazon purchases made through Amazon Smile will go directly to Marco Shemwell Foundation.)




If you would like to make a monetary contribution please click below,

or mail checks payable to

Marco Shemwell Foundation

431 Lynnway Drive

Winchester, KY 40391

The average cost of a Birthday Box is $20

MSF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization by the standards of the IRS. Donations may be tax-deductible to the extent of law.

Can I help my community if I live outside of a service area?

Absolutely! We've had folks make Birthday Boxes in honor of Marco from Massachusettes and Pennsylvania all the way to Florida and Texas!  We love that there are so many kind people creating #MarcoMoments in far-reaching areas.

If you are not in one of our service areas and would like to make Birthday Boxes for children in your community, click the link below for information on how you can get a Birthday Box Resource Kit!  

Got an idea for an event? We'd love to hear about it!

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Jennifer T.

Thank you for making a little girl remember that there is kindness out there and that kind is the best thing to be.

Jennifer A.

I didn't know how I was going to get my  son a cake this year. Thanks to this Birthday Box he will have a great birthday.

Montgomery Co Schools

We cannot thank the family of Marco enough for creating this #MarcoMoment for the students of MoCo.

The Yard Lexington

We're so happy we could be part of a great opportunity to help our local community.