We provide toy-filled birthday gift bags to food shelves and shelters so that parents living in poverty can give their child a birthday gift.

September 30th, 2014 | Birthdays, Giving, Partners, Team Building, Volunteers | Join the conversation

Volunteer 1By Lisa Olsen, Optum Technology System Analyst

Current and former ACIS team members from the Optum Technology Software Development and Support Services team, held a Cheerful Givers Birthday Bag Blitz on Wednesday, September 24th.  We filled 120 drawstring backpacks with a stuffed animal, bouncy ball, deck of cards & directions for several card games, craft directions for a birthday crown and circles bear, and everything needed to keep them busy doing arts & crafts for a long time!  Finishing touches included wrapping the stuffed animal in tissue paper and tying the drawstring backpack closed with curly ribbon and a birthday card. 

We envision some happy and surprised children as well as parents who will be able to pick one of these bags up at a food shelf to give to their child on their birthday.  What an awesome and fun event to participate in!  Thanks goes to Optum Technology for providing the grant to make this possible and to an excellent group of volunteers!

The Birthday Bags were delivered to the following Minnesota Food Shelves: North Saint Paul Area Food Shelf (14), Chisago Lakes Pathways Food Shelf (14), Centennial Area Food Shelf (12), Hugo Good Neighbors Food Shelf (12), and the Forest Lake Pathways Food Shelf (68) who will be distributing the bags they received to other area Pathways Food Shelves, like Cambridge, Frederic, Hinckley, Mora, North Branch, Onamia, Sandstone, St. Croix Falls and the Mobile Food Shelf.
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