Photo: The Confetti Foundation

Did you watch the Annual Rockefeller Tree Lighting special on Wednesday night on NBC? If you did then chances are you probably caught the very special feature on The Confetti Foundation, a Newport-based non-profit organization.

The Confetti Foundation, located on Thames Street, supplies party starter kits to hospitalized children. It was started in hopes that families would for 30 minutes of their child’s sickness, just stop and celebrate.

The local non-profit and their great work caught the eyes of the Today Show and they did a feature story on them – Confetti Foundation throws birthday parties for sick children — 790, to be exact.

“Thrilled to be featured on Today Show! Learn more about how Stephanie started The Confetti Foundation and the ways it has directly effected children who unfortunately are hospitalized on their birthday,” the Facebook Page for The Confetti Foundation shared on December 3rd.

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