January 12th, 2016 | Birthdays, Corporate, Partners, Volunteers

FinalGroupPhoto_1_12_2016IMG_141341 new Thrivent Financial Reps from across the country took time during their week-long Academy to be part of an Action Team which assembled birthday bags for less fortunate children.  Reps were quick to embrace Thrivent’s purpose “to serve our members and society by guiding both to be wise with money and live generously.”

Everyone who participated is receiving a print of their group photo to put in their office as a great reminder of being a Cheerful Giver and living generously!

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December 22nd, 2015 | Birthdays, Children, Corporate, Giving, Holidays, Kids, Partners, Press, Schools, Volunteers

photoCheerful Givers was honored to be featured on a recent WCCO-TV segment of Life to the Max — “a show that highlights stories of perseverance, tenacity and winning attitudes.”

Watch video here.

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November 22nd, 2015 | Birthdays, Children, Corporate, Giving, Holidays, Kids, Partners

Vikings HelmetsBy Caroline Potolicchio

Riddell recognizes the tremendous amount of need in our communities and is committed to providing support where possible.

We are happy to support Cheerful Givers with our collectible mini football helmets.

Cheerful Givers Note:  Thanks to the great folks at Riddell!  If you have something to donate or know of someone who might, contact robin@cheerfulgivers.org

 

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September 29th, 2015 | Birthdays, Corporate, Donations, Funding, Giving, Partners

TPI HospitalityThe 100% Employee Owned team at TPI Hospitality, a MN based hospitality company, chose Cheerful Givers as their charity to sponsor at a recent employee event.

Sean Twedt, General Manager of the Homewood Suites St. Louis Park, and an attendee at our recent Minnesota Twins pancake breakfast, suggested our organization to the team, and everyone voted for Cheerful Givers as their charity.  The employees created theme baskets and donations were raffled off during their event raising $3,575 which will be used to purchase birthday gifts for more than 350 less fortunate children.

Many thanks to all who participated!

 

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August 28th, 2015 | Birthdays, Corporate, Donations, Giving, Partners

neon_60_machineRecently received many fun items thanks to The Crane Guys, the largest independently owned Skill Crane Operator in the Upper Midwest and provider of vending services including stickers, super balls, trading cards, small toys, etc.

Jeff Theilmann, President, commented “I’m happy to be donating the items to Cheerful Givers. I think the kids will be smiling when they get them.”

 

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July 22nd, 2015 | Birthdays, Children, Corporate, Donations, Giving, Partners

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ST.PAUL, MN- JULY 22:  (Back row Right to left) Brian Jennings, NHL Exec VP & CMO, Karen Kitchel, cheerful givers president, Rachel Schuldt, Minn Wild Foundation Exec Director and Jordan Haliburton, Cheerful Givers volunteer gather to celebrate Jalen Robbs (front) birthday as part of the NHL and Wild Foundation’s donation of NHL Legacy donation during 2015 NHL Exchange trade show at Excel Energy Center on July 22, 2015 in St. Paul, Minnesota.  (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Brian Jennings;Karen Kitchel;Rachel Schuldt;Jordan Haliburton;Jalen Robbs;

ST.PAUL, MN- JULY 22: (Back row Right to left) Brian Jennings, NHL Exec VP & CMO, Karen Kitchel, cheerful givers president, Rachel Schuldt, Minn Wild Foundation Exec Director and Jordan Haliburton, Cheerful Givers volunteer gather to celebrate Jalen Robbs (front) birthday as part of the NHL and Wild Foundation’s donation of NHL Legacy donation during 2015 NHL Exchange trade show at Excel Energy Center on July 22, 2015 in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

As part of the National Hockey League’s Legacy Initiative, a philanthropic endeavor to support a community organization in the host city of an NHL event, the NHL, with the Minnesota Wild and its licensees, made many product donations to Cheerful Givers.

Brian Jennings, NHL Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, commented ““The annual NHL Exchange trade show is an opportunity for the League’s licensees to promote new and exciting products designed for fans to celebrate their passion for the game for the upcoming season. Together with our licensees, we are pleased to be able to offer a very special preview of next season’s offerings with Cheerful Givers through the donation of hundreds of gift bags filled with NHL-licensed products.”

The NHL 2015 Exchange at Excel Center in St. Paul began with a birthday celebration where NHL and Minnesota Wild executives joined Cheerful Givers President, Karen Kitchel to learn more about the organization. Also participating were Jordan Haliburton, representing the many special education volunteers who assemble birthday bags as well as Partnership Academy students, Jalen and Faith Robbs, who participated in filling Cheerful Givers one millionth birthday bag in May. To recognize Jalen’s tenth birthday, a special cake was presented along with some special NHL and Minnesota Wild gifts.

Cheerful Givers is most appreciative of the wonderful donations which are sure to bring birthday joy to many children.

Watch video of event here.

 

 

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July 14th, 2015 | Birthdays, Corporate, Giving, Partners

By Jim King, Access Eco, Inc.

access eco logo colorMy company, Access Eco, Inc. manufactures specialized organic lip balms and every once in a while we have overruns that exceed industry norms.  We have many options on how to responsibly dispose, distribute or donate these extras, but our favorite way is to let Cheerful Givers put them to use in the birthday gift bags they graciously prepare for families in need of assistance. 

The occasion of a child’s birthday is one of those special times in a family’s history when the deepest, most human bonds are able to be developed.  These are the very bonds that a family needs in order to persevere in adverse times together.  Cheerful Givers understand this – and we are proud to be able to help out in any way we can.  

 

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July 7th, 2015 | Birthdays, Corporate, Partners

aha momentFun to share an “Aha Moment” with Mutual of Omaha about the impact of Cheerful Givers on the lives of those who are less fortunate.  We appreciate the opportunity to spread the word!

Video coming soon…

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June 22nd, 2015 | Birthdays, Corporate, Giving

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Employees at Kohl’s Department Store in Apple Valley, Minnesota kicked off a monthly Cheerful Givers Birthday Bag Event at their store on June 8th as part of their “Associates in Action” volunteer opportunity.

Thanks to Sara Bauer, Volunteer Coordinator, for organizing the event, and glad to know everyone had fun!

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May 7th, 2015 | Birthdays, Corporate, Funding, Giving, News, Press

IMG_1673Cheerful Givers was honored to be among the ten national awardees to receive a $10,000 grant for our project of assembling 3,000 birthday bags on Make A Difference Day .

Natalie Morales, News Anchor of NBC’s Today presented awards at a luncheon held at the National Museum of Women In The Arts in Washington D.C.  Special guest, Idina Menzel, actress and singer, shared stories about her foundation, A Broader Way.  Remarks were made by Larry Kramer, President and publisher, USA TODAY; Tracy Hoover, CEO, Points of Light; Gracia Martore President and CEO, Gannett Co. and Dave Best, President and COO, Newman’s Own.  Read article written by USA Today here.   Watch news clip that appeared on KARE-11 TV here.

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