Our Story

For many children, birthdays are considered to be one of the most important days of their lives. While a number of organizations help make holidays special, far fewer focus on birthdays. This can leave under resourced children unable to fully celebrate their special day. Brighter Birthdays’ mission is to change this.  Founded in 2017, we are a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) service organization dedicated to giving under resourced children brighter birthdays.

The children with upcoming birthdays are identified by their schools. We provide these students with birthday bags filled with party supplies, treats, crafts, toys and basic living essentials. In addition, Brighter Birthdays now serves teen moms and thier babies through Young Lives and foster families through Restoration Rome. All of this is made possible through caring supporters who donate items, make financial contributions or generously give their time.


Cristin Warden

Chief Executive Officer

Cristin Warden started Brighter Birthdays as a way to serve children in the community and have her family involved.  She was in the banking industry for more than 10 years before electing to stay home with her daughters.  She has been a home school mom for the last 8 years.  She loves serving her community whether through working at the community kitchen, rescuing pets or volunteering at Good Neighbors.  She is also an active member of the Rome Knitterati.


Jeremy Antoniuk

Chief Operations Officer

Jeremy Antoniuk is a business operations and technology executive with 20 years of experience leading organizations to significant growth. He has led numerous large-scale change initiatives to successful outcomes. His broad expertise creates lasting success through operational excellence, innovative technologies, and talented people.