As early as 1907, Oklahomans began using their birthdays as occasions to give a special offering to provide help for children in the care of Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children (OBHC).
In the early years, the gift was usually a penny for each birthday celebrated. As time went by, the penny became a dollar, and couples celebrating anniversaries began to add their gifts to the birthday oﬀerings. OBHC Birthday Banks have been around since 1929. In the past 90+ years, since the banks were first introduced, thousands of children in need have found hope and a home at Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children.
Throughout this time, Birthday Banks have been made of a variety of materials: wood, cardboard, aluminum and fabricated steel, but the purpose has remained the same. This little bank with the red roof is a place to make an investment for the future in the life of a child and has become a symbol of Oklahoma Baptists’ love and concern for children. That love is something many children are banking on.
How It Works
- If you need an OBHC Birthday Bank, please call the OBHC Home Office at 405-942-3800 and a free bank will be sent to you.
- During worship service, Sunday school or small group, each person who has celebrated a birthday or anniversary that week or month is encouraged to place a special oﬀering in the Birthday Bank. Whether the amount is a dollar or a dollar per year of age, the offering adds up to a significant amount as it is used to provide homes for children.
- Each month or quarter, send the offering to OBHC’s Home Oﬃce or to the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO). Please designate it as “OBHC Birthday Offering.” The address is 3800 N. May Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73112.
- One Sunday in August is designated “Birthday/Anniversary Catch-Up Sunday” for those who could not be present at church on the Sunday nearest their birthday. Churches can publicize this date in advance so members can be prepared with an offering.