October 24th, 2016 | Birthdays, Book, Children, Kids

We have a brand new coloring book you can download, print and bring to life with color!

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Cheerful Givers Birthday Rumble coloring comic book

David Chang, our summer intern who is currently enrolled at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, created this fun comic book, “Birthday Rumble,” which tells the story of a rivaling superhero and super villain who happen to be twins.

Click here to download “Birthday Rumble,” print it out and color away!

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July 7th, 2016 | Book, Donations, Giving, News, Partners

We’re proud to announce a new partnership with Scholastic, which publishes children’s books and other educational materials. Thanks to Scholastic, Cheerful Givers is able to acquire books at a major discount. That means our gift bags now include high-quality, entertaining and educational books for children of all ages.

“We’re very fortunate to be able to include these books in our bags for children,” said Robin Zelaya, the founder and board chair of Cheerful Givers. “In addition to being educational, these books provide a bonding activity for parents and their children to enjoy together. In some cases, these books will be the first our little recipients will ever own, and we’re so happy to be able to provide that gift to them.”

Cheerful Givers book bag

A Cheerful Givers gift bag we put together with a book from Scholastic.

Later this year, Cheerful Givers will launch a corporate birthday bag program, which will allow corporations to choose which books they’d like included in the bags they help assemble. Stay tuned for more details!

For more information about forming a business partnership with Cheerful Givers, please visit our Give page.

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July 9th, 2013 | Birthdays, Book, Donations, Giving, Kids

DSC02000By Caitlin Magri

Have you ever asked yourself how you can help prevent problems that plague our world?  Would you like to be part of the solution?  We at Onionhead have witnessed the fact that problems can be prevented if people take responsibility for their feelings and find appropriate ways of expressing those emotions.  Each day we do research to find children, tweens and teens that need our help.  We have chosen to donate items to Cheerful Givers more than once because we are so connected to their mission in helping children who are less fortunate than others.  We help one, we help many, we help as a team!

We have a new company called Harnessing Happiness Foundation which is the combined efforts of Onionhead and Harnessing Happiness.  We decided to bring them into one nonprofit to cover all life spans and to keep the offering simple.

(Note From Cheerful Givers — We greatly appreciate the continued support of this great organization with very fun and meaningful books for kids.)


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October 4th, 2010 | Birthdays, Book, News, Press

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The book “A Glove of Their Own” – the 2009 Benjamin Franklin Children’s Book Award winner – inspires people from all walks of life to help disadvantaged children. An article now appearing in Baseball Digest features Michael Cuddyer of the Minnesota Twins, reading the book to his son, Casey.

Proceeds from the sale of this book will help provide birthday gifts for less fortunate kids when using the code CHG132 at the time of purchase at  “A Glove of Their Own” website.




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June 8th, 2010 | Book, Donations, News

yogi picBaseball fans everywhere recognize the name Yogi Berra, former major league baseball player and manager who played most of his career for the New York Yankees, was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972, and is regarded as one of the greatest catchers in baseball history.  “It ain’t over till it’s over” is probably his most famous quote.

We were excited to learn from Bob Salomon, promoter of the book “A Glove of  Their Own” that he has gained the support of this legend at the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center.

A Glove of Their Own is a children’s book that is touching hearts across the nation. When ordering, choose Cheerful Givers on the drop-down menu, and $3.00 per book will be donated to Cheerful Givers.

The next great catcher Bob would like to add to his amazing list of supporters is Joe Mauer. Spread the word!

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April 8th, 2009 | Birthdays, Book, Funding, News, Press

book-a-glove-of-their-own1In today’s paper, USA Today calls it a “book to bridge any generation gap.”  Cheerful Givers is pleased to be included as a “fan and supporter” in this wonderful book along with Rawlings, Louisville Slugger and some great professional baseball players.

The book follows an underprivileged group of kids whose lack of equipment doesn’t hamper their love of baseball. This wonderfully illustrated, hard-cover book, which makes a great gift for kids of all ages, can be purchased for $15.95 at www.agloveoftheirown.com, and if you select Cheerful Givers (code CHG 132), a portion of the proceeds will help us to provide toy-filled birthday gift bags for less fortunate kids.

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February 20th, 2009 | Book, Children, Donations, Giving

rondo-discovery-clubThe 4th & 5th graders in Miss Yvonne Schneider’s after school group at Rondo Discovery Club in the St. Paul Public School District were one of  200 winners in the 2008 Scholastic Book Club’s Classrooms Care ‘Care Where You Are’ Sweepstakes.  The group was awarded 10 fifty book libraries to donate locally. Students were among 16,000 classrooms nationwide that were entered into the sweepstakes for collectively reading 100 books this fall. The kids figured out they had a 1.25% chance of winning!

Scholastic Books also donated a library to one of their literacy partners in response to the group reading 100 books. Cheerful Givers was one of the 10 programs that the students chose to receive one of the fifty book libraries.

Thank you Rondo Discovery Club!

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August 8th, 2008 | Book, Donations, Events, Volunteers

front_cover1.jpg Baseball stars across the country are stepping up to support a new children’s book, A Glove of Their Own. The book aims to teach children the value of sharing what you have with those in need.  And Cheerful Givers is proud to be one of the charities that will benefit from sales of the book.

Bob Salomon, the head of the movement promoting this book said “As a little league coach and proud father of two, I am fortunate enough to be passionate about the “pay it forward” or “give it back” mindset that has slowly been catching on throughout corporate America. A Glove of Their Own is a children’s picture book that personifies this mentality. It utilizes baseball, and an underprivileged group of boys’ childhood experience. Their love of the game is not defined by the equipment they don’t have but rather the passion and dreams that they do have.”

The book was inspired by a birthday party held for one of the writers, Debbie Moldovan’s, children. In place of gifts, guests were asked to donate baseball equipment for children who normally do without. A Glove of Their Own has caught the attention of big-hearted baseball players including Robb Quinlan, Jack Hannahan, Sean Casey and Craig Biggio.

The book comes out in October but reserve copies can be ordered now at A Glove of Their Own website.  Be sure to click on the Charity code CHG 132 from the drop-down box and Cheerful Givers will receive a portion of the sale.

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July 8th, 2008 | Book, Donations

cg_-_blog_005.jpgStorey Publishing is one of several organizations that have recently donated books that will go into our Cheerful Givers birthday gift bags. We believe a book is a treasure to a child, especially if they have never owned one.

If you have books to donate, we know of kids who will treasure them!

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September 6th, 2007 | Book

We’ve learned that selling a book is no small task. While we’ve had some great feedback about our book “Do I Have A Birthday Too? The Cheerful Givers Story” we realize we are competing with millions of other good books.

Now that the the book is available at Barnesandnoble.com and the gift-giving season will soon be upon us, we hope to see books flying off their site! But we’re also looking for more ideas on how to promote this one. If you’ve read it, send us your ideas and write a review at the BarnesandNoble website. If you haven’t read it, guess you better buy one today:)

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