By: Alyssa Marsico

PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – Megan Yunn was inspired to help make sure every child is able to have a birthday party while working at an after school program for kids.

It touched Megan that the little girl she was helping had never had a birthday party or birthday cake.

Megan’s dream to help children celebrate their birthday came true in 2011 when she won first place in a “BE BIG In Your Community” contest and received a starter grant to get her going.

“I initially started my contact with the Homeless Children’s Education Fund; it’s such a great organization that provides educational resources for homeless shelters in our area.” Megan said. “They connected me to first join the Sojourner House MOMS, which is a residential recovery-based shelter for moms in addiction recovery. We started there and then took it to another shelter and then another shelter.”

This year alone she has been able to help 350 homeless children, but now she needs your help.

Megan is now in the running for the Harlequin More than Words Contest, the top three women receive $15,000 funding for their nonprofit.

“It’s a nationwide contest that honors women doing inspiring things in their community, and we are one of five finalist,” said Megan. “Then, it actually turns into the top three out of the five will with $15,000 each for their charity.”

The winner is determined by public vote and voting ends tonight at midnight.

You can go to and vote for Megan to help her make the top three.

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