Guests are invited to an ECHOage birthday party online. Instead of bringing a wrapped and packaged present to the party, guests simply RSVP and give a secure online contribution. All the contributions from guests are pooled together. Half of the funds collected are sent to the parent hosting the party (by check or by PayPal) and the birthday boy or girl chooses any gift or gifts they want. The other half of the funds collected at the party are sent by ECHOage to the charity the birthday boy or girl has chosen to support.