October 21st, 2016 | Children, Donations, Giving, Volunteers

There are so many ways to get involved in Cheerful Givers. Here’s a peak at how volunteers and donors of all ages have helped us provide birthday gifts for more than 1 million children.


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October 12th, 2016 | Donations, Giving

In late September, we spent a great day with the Cheerful Givers from Henry Schein Dental. Thanks to Regional Administrative Assistant Jillian Otternes, Cheerful Givers was invited to attend Henry Schein Dental’s annual Fall Festival, during which the company provided educational seminars and showcased the latest dental technologies.

This year, the planning committee decided to add a charitable component to the Fall Festival and invited vendors to make gift baskets for a raffle. All proceeds were given to Cheerful Givers’ Birthday Bag program. We’d like to say a special thank you to the six representatives and their companies who donated gift basket worth approximately $100.

  • John Angell, Sterisil: Minnesota Treats basket won by Steve Bejarano
  • Allison Bayless, VOCO: Date Night basket (Osaki and Movie gift cards) won by Stacy Christ
  • Rob Berg, Digital Doc: Hickory Farms basket won by Don Johnson
  • Carly Carlson, AKT: Wine Picnic basket won by Sean Parnell
  • Ayla Recel, Dexis: Vikings-themed cooler won by Jeff Erickson and given to our volunteer Jaelyn Martinez
  • Kate Tousignant, 3M: World Market basket won by Anette Boe

With tremendous energy and enthusiasm from Regional Manager Elizabeth Sullivan and her staff, Henry Schein Dental helped Cheerful Givers raise $664 from raffle ticket sales and donations. That means 66 more children will receive a HAPPY birthday gift, which will include a toothbrush, thanks to Heidi Briggs from Colgate.

We’d also like to thank Elizabeth, Jillian, Lizette and Jaelyn for their help in motivating participants to purchase raffle tickets

Finally, Henry Schein Dental and all your great attendees and vendors, thank you so much for being Cheerful Givers and for making HAPPY birthdays happen for children living in poverty.

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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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May 26th, 2016 | Children, Donations, Giving, Kids, Schools

In April, a very special group of small volunteers from Happee Hollee’s Preschool & Childcare in St. Michael, Minnesota, helped give 17 children memorable birthdays.

Happee Hollee's Preschool & Childcare Donates to Cheerful Givers

The preschoolers at Hollee’s assembled birthday bags for children facing homelessness and poverty, and donated them to the Hanover Food Shelf. The bags, which included books, games and toys, will be distributed to the children’s parents at the shelter.

Thanks to the preschoolers who assembled the bags, the children will be able to celebrate their birthdays with a true birthday gift.

Thank you Happy Hollee’s Preschool!

If you’re interested in donating to our assembling gift bags for Cheerful Givers, please email Robin Steele at robin@cheerfulgivers.org.

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May 22nd, 2016 | Donations, Funding, Giving

Every year, Minneapolis radio station Cities 97 releases a benefit compilation album to raise money for local nonprofit organizations. This year, the station sold more than 30,000 copies of the Cities 97 Sampler album, and will donate $10,000 of the proceeds to Cheerful Givers.

Cities 97 Sampler

We’re so grateful to both Cities 97 and all of those who purchased an album for helping our cause! Thanks to this incredible donation, we’ll be able to provide memorable birthday gifts to children facing homelessness and poverty.

Thank you, Cities 97!

Visit the Cities 97 website to learn more about Cities 97 Sampler Volume 27.

For more information about donating to Cheerful Givers, please visit our Give page.

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January 8th, 2016 | Children, Donations, Giving, Partners

IMG_1327Who doesn’t love a teddy bear?

Cheerful Givers was thrilled to receive 240 more cuddly bears today from Go! Calendars & Games.

Thanks for bringing pure joy to a lot of kids!

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December 28th, 2015 | Birthdays, Children, Donations, Family, Giving, Holidays, Kids

Boy with bagWe so very much appreciate all of the generous individuals who support our mission to provide birthday gifts for less fortunate children.

Because there are many children with January birthdays who we don’t want to go without, we’re asking if you or your organization might consider one more gift?

$10 or more will make a difference here!

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December 9th, 2015 | Donations, Giving, Holidays

amazon-smileYou shop. Amazon gives.   .5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases will go to the charitable organization of your choice.  Smile Amazon is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same Amazon Prime benefits.

Start your shopping at smile.amazon.com

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November 1st, 2015 | Birthdays, Children, Donations, Giving, Kids, Minnesota Twins

gtmd15-emailGive to the Max Day is November 12. Instead of waiting, you can now schedule a donation in advance!

On Give to the Max Day Thursday, November 12, 2015, thousands of Minnesota nonprofits will come together to raise millions of dollars in just 24 hours. We know that many will be asking you for a donation this month and that 24 hours is a pretty small window. That’s why we’re excited about a feature that allows you to schedule your donation to Cheerful Givers in advance. All donations will be used to provide toy-filled birthday gift bags for kids living in poverty on their birthday. Just go to our GiveMN.org donation page to schedule your gift. Your donation will be processed automatically at 12 a.m. on November 12.

Why Minnesota Twins pitcher, Kyle Gibson & his daughter support Cheerful Givers

Your Donation Goes Further on Give to the Max Day

Here’s how:

  • We have some matching funds to double your donation!
  • Every hour an individual donor will be randomly chosen by GiveMN.org to win a “Golden Ticket.” An additional $1,000 will be given to the charity that received the original donation. Pre-scheduled donations will be eligible for this as well.
  • Finally at the end of the day, GiveMN.org will randomly choose one donor and that charity will receive $10,000. So your donation of $10 or more could be multiplied by a thousand!

Thank you for giving to the max today!

Thank you, Cheerful Givers

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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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