"I would like to offer ECHOage.com as one of the greatest green birthday party ideas to come on the scene in a long time. For my sons' combined first and third birthday party I used ECHOage to send out paperless invitations, manage my RSVP's and ease the gift buying headache for parents -- the site enables parents/guests to donate money towards ONE special (and wrapping-free!) gift for a child along with a sizeable donation to a charity of my or my child's choice. In using ECHOage we not only avoided the mountain of garbage that is produced in unnecessary wrapping of multiple toys/gifts, but we avoided the mountain of small, plastic (sometimes toxic) toys for our children. My children chose one special gift for themselves and the balance (half) of the money was donated to a fabulous charity. Not only did we do something great for the environment, but we changed people's lives as well".
"ECHOage is great idea and a "win-win-win" for the birthday child, the parent and the guest. The child has the opportunity of giving and feeling great about it. The parent models the importance of thinking of others and doesn't have to focus on buying and mailing invitations and then receiving so many gifts their children just don't need. As for invited guests, there is no need to take so much time to run around and think about the "perfect present", not to mention the environmental savings on gift wrapping, gas, etc. It's a wonderfully creative idea and it teaches our children that it feels not only good to get, but great to give. I love it!"