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 28th, 2015 | Birthdays, Children, Donations, Family, Funding, Giving, Kids

Final Cheerful Givers SnipGranite City restaurants in Eagan, Maple Grove, Roseville and St. Louis Park, MN are hosting a “Dine To Donate” event to support Cheerful Givers on Wed. July 29th.

Simply mention Cheerful Givers to your server on that day and 10% of your total tab will help provide birthday gifts for less fortunate children.

And if you don’t live in Minnesota, you can still donate!

 

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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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May 19th, 2015 | Birthdays, Donations, Family, Funding, Giving, Kids

no-birthdayBy Christine W. — Volunteer

When you grow up poor, one of the first things you learn is that there are more pressing issues you have to worry about, like having food to eat and a place to sleep. Receiving a gift for my day of birth was never high on the list. I think I started off the same as any other child. Who wouldn’t want to receive gifts and celebrate their birthday? However, we never had money for things like cake, let alone toys. Of course, this led to great disappointment. Watching other kids have theme birthday parties with all the bells and whistles and then getting nothing for yours really sucked. It’s soul crushing!

But, somewhere along the path of life, I learned to just accept the situation. At first, it’s hard to accept not celebrating your birthday, but as you grow up and become more aware of your living situation, you learn to place in the “not important” pile because if it’s not important it can’t upset you. Not receiving a gift on your birthday really robs a child of joy. Bit by bit your heart becomes harder and harder. You learn that the day you were born isn’t worth celebrating, so maybe you aren’t worth celebrating. I will turn 26 years old next month, and I haven’t celebrated my birthday since I was 7 years old. Why? Because I don’t believe that it’s important enough.   Donate today!

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May 4th, 2015 | Birthdays, Children, Donations, Funding, Giving, Kids

GiveLocalLogoV4Give Local America: $1,000 could be added to your donation — May 5 only!

The nation’s largest one-day giving campaign is on May 5.  Give to Cheerful Givers on May 5, and your donation could win a special GiveMN Local Lift prize. A Local Lift adds $1,000 to your donation! There are five chances to win throughout the day, so remember to give online any time between 12:01 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on May 5.

We also have a matching grant of up to $500.  So why wouldn’t you want to donate on May 5??

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April 21st, 2015 | Birthdays, Children, Donations, Family, Giving, Kids, Volunteers

IMG_0778Tanner MeadowsTanner Meadows is a young volunteer who lives in Houston, Texas who decided to collect crayons and pencils for us.  He sent along a cool note saying “I am donating things to thank y’all for doing all of this for people. This is important to me also.”

His Mom commented “Tanner and I looked over your website together, read the stories, etc. and what an amazing organization.  Not only did he learn a lot, but so did I.  Thank you for the opportunity.”

Thanks Tanner!  We appreciate your support.

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March 7th, 2015 | Birthdays, Children, Donations, Family, Funding, Giving, Minnesota Twins

logoCheerful Givers is hoping to reach a major milestone in 2015 of having provided toy-filled birthday gift bags to One Million kids.

See why professional baseball player, and former Minnesota Twin, Michael Cuddyer, and his family believe in supporting our cause.  Watch short video here.

You can be part of achieving this goal by making a donation today.  The kids won’t know it came from you, but you will!

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February 26th, 2015 | Birthdays, Corporate, Donations, Funding, Giving, Team Building, Volunteers

FullSizeRender19-1024x768Univ of Wash birthday bagsBy Chiara Iacoviello, The Whole U

“Being able to work side by side with colleagues to help reach families in our community is a very touching experience,” said Victoria Dickerson, a benefits specialist in Human Resources at the University of Washington. “We all were there for unique reasons. Some were mothers, or fathers, some had large families and/or small birthdays as children, but we all wanted to share in that joy of a parent being able to give his or her child something of their very own, and in that we shared a collective moment of caring.”

The University of Washington and UW Combined Fund Drive, in partnership with The Whole U, hosted a Cheerful Givers Birthday Bag event on February 19, which was a great success. We showed the Cheerful Givers video, and Joe Gruber, the executive director from the University District Food Bank, where we donated the bags, spoke. They operate a walk-in food bank five-days a week to individuals and families from across Northeast Seattle.  Joe made sure the birthday gift bags are being distributed to families in need in our local community.

As I looked at the dozens of bags stacked on those tables, I couldn’t help but imagine the smile that each one of those bags will bring to a child’s face on their very special day. When I came back to the office after the event one of my coworkers told me “You look so cheerful!” The wonders of giving.

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February 5th, 2015 | Donations, Funding, Giving

Eagan FoundationThe Eagan Foundation encourages, supports and enhances ideas, funding and collaborative action to meet community needs.  Each year they award scholarships to deserving high school graduates and support local non-profits with community grants.  This year they are celebrating their 25th anniversary!  Cheerful Givers was honored to be among a number of other great nonprofits to receive a 2015 Community Grant Award.

Congratulations to the Eagan Foundation on 25 years of giving back, and many thanks for your support of those who are less fortunate in our community.

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February 3rd, 2015 | Birthdays, Children, Donations, Family, Giving, Kids

BeaniesBy Ellen Donohue Cramer

While our family was preparing for a move from Ridgewood, NJ to Chevy Chase, MD, we were, of course, going through many of our keepsakes.

When my 25 year-old son, Joe,  who lives in Arlington, VA, was home for Christmas, and I came across the ” Beanie Baby “Stash,” he said to me, “I have so many great memories of collecting these beanies with my friends.  I remember us being so happy and excited when we would go around to different places and find that “special” one. It would be great to share the joy we had with others.”

When we were trying to decide where to donate them, we came across the  Cheerful Givers  organization  and were so moved to read about their mission and the joy they bring to so many families. We hope these beanie babies bring as many smiles to children’s faces as they brought to ours, and that they provide memories for a life time.

Our message to your readers would be, “Open up your hearts and share the joy in your life with others.”

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