October 31st, 2016 | Birthdays, Events, Funding, Giving, Kids, Upcoming Event

Give to the Max Day 2016, a celebration of generosity in Minnesota, is coming up on Thursday, Nov. 17. Throughout the day, you can donate to further the cause of Cheerful Givers: To help make birthdays special for children facing poverty and homelessness.

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One of the hundreds of thousands of birthday bags we’ve assembled.

On Nov. 17, visit our Give to the Max Day page to help us assemble birthday bags to distribute in shelters throughout the Twin Cities area. Donating just $2 will provide crayons and a coloring book for a child on their birthday. Each gift of $10 will provide an entire gift bag for one child. $18 will put Happy Birthday pencils in 144 gift bags, and $120 will provide a birthday bag to one child each month for a whole year.

Want to help us fundraise even more? Click on the share buttons below to spread the word via Facebook, Twitter and email.

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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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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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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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May 26th, 2015 | Birthdays, Funding, Giving

2015TRbadge-lgThanks to everyone who took the time to write a review about Cheerful Givers. Happy to report we are now considered a 2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit at GreatNonprofits. Really appreciate all the wonderful words about the impact being made by our volunteers.

Take a look at some great comments!

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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 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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USA-Today-7 Idina-Menzel grant

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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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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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