About Cheerful Givers
When I started Cheerful Givers in 1993, with 12 birthday bags, I never imagined that this charity would serve more than 1,000,000 children living in poverty. Through the years, so many wonderful people have contributed their time and money, and companies have donated products, and foundations have gifted us money, to provide birthday gifts to low income parents so that they can have the joy of celebrating their children.
As I look back, I am amazed at what we have accomplished together. I want to thank each and every one of the cheerful givers, who have made happiness happen for less fortunate children. With all my heart, I love and appreciate all of our cheerful givers, and all of our cheerful receivers!
Mission and Values.
Celebrating individuals and families through selfless giving and volunteering; Enhancing a sense of self-worth and hope in families living in poverty; Anonymously providing our services to those in need; Equally acknowledging the lives of all members of our community.
Insisting on fiscal responsibility; Using measurable results to monitor our progress; Growing the outreach of Cheerful Givers; Recognizing our volunteers and contributors; Serving cheerfully and with dedication.
Inspiring others to make a positive impact through cheerful giving; Sustaining strong relationships with our community partners; Building awareness, compassion, and a caring spirit toward families who cannot otherwise celebrate their children’s birthdays.
How It All Began …
I was immediately inspired to start Cheerful Givers when I visited a food shelf and was told that less fortunate parents often have to choose between putting food on the table or purchasing a gift for their child’s birthday. If they don’t have any money, they are sometimes forced to give cereal or canned vegetables as birthday gifts to their children. Believe it or not, I heard angel’s sing. I knew I had found a beautiful way to help children and their parents. A few days later, I brought 12 birthday bags to the food shelf. I prayed that parents that needed the gift bags would find them. The next day, I got a call that my first gift bag went out to a mother that had transferred the bus three times to get to the food shelf to get a boxed cake for her child’s birthday. She said, “I prayed the whole way over here that there would be something for my child, but I never imagined it would be something so beautiful.” That was how it all began.
My gift was an answer to a Mom’s prayer. To this day, the gifts are donated to parents so that they can recognize and celebrate their children. It’s truly been an honor to help parents, who during difficult times worry about what they can provide for their child’s birthday. Parents call me and say, “My daughter keeps asking me what I am going to get her for her birthday and I just can’t tell her that I don’t have any money for a gift. Can you please, please help me?” I’m happy to say that we have been helping parents celebrate their children since my first birthday bag in 1993.
I started Cheerful Givers, in 1994, because I knew that I could help parents by providing birthday gifts through the food shelves. Now, they don’t have to choose between food and a birthday gift — they can have both.
Click the link to see our annual report infographic. We are producing great birthday gifts that parents are proud to give their children. Your donations are making a great impact. Here is a quote from a thankful parent ... "Thank you so much for the gift. You can't imagine how relieved I am that I have a great gift for my daughter! Words can't express my gratitude."