Texas Ex Brings Pop-Up Birthdays to Kids in Need

Laila Scott’s 9-year-old son Cole steps up to the table and reaches for the next present on the stack—a set of Hot Wheels. Once he’s wrapped it in red paper, Cole grabs the gift tags.

“Who’s this one for, mom?”

Scott, MBA ’03, spells out the name of a boy who will be turning four next week. The present goes into a box and Cole returns to his homework.


Scott says her three sons are used to seeing presents come and go, and they’re always willing to help. She needs the extra hands. Since founding the nonprofit Pop-Up Birthday in July 2014, Scott has helped 170 children in foster care celebrate their birthdays—70 of those just in the last three months.

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