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 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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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 29th, 2015 | Birthdays, Children, Family, Giving, Holidays, Kids

BB-Groupshot-2006Christopher enjoyed bringing joy to children as well as collecting beanie babies. So when he died at age 28, his mother believed he would want his collection to be placed in the hands of children who would love them.

Our heartfelt sympathy to Christopher’s family, and many thanks for sharing his legacy of bringing joy to others.

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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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November 19th, 2015 | Birthdays, Family, Holidays

h=394By Alison O’Callaghan

Most birthday traditions around the world have similarities but there are also many differences. Here are a few unusual ones. In Mexico, the song La Mordida (meaning bribe), is usually sung as the special person, with their hands tied behind their back, takes the first bite of birthday cake, whereas in Venezuela, your face is simply plunged straight into it.

In Jamaica, expect to be continuously covered in flour by friends, family and bystanders. Soaking the person with water beforehand ensures the flour is sticky and difficult to remove. Never wish a German ‘Happy Birthday’ before the actual day, as it is considered bad luck, but do accept a birthday invite as the tab is always on them! German children are excused chores on their special day, but if a man is still single on their 30th, you are guaranteed to see them sweeping the steps of the local town hall until they are finally rescued by the kiss of a woman.

In Denmark, birthdays are extremely important and the Danish flag is always hung outside the birthday person’s house. A ‘cake man’ is usually served to children and when the birthday child cuts the man’s head off, everybody has to scream.

All of these gestures are meant to symbolize love, health, laughter and good luck. Perhaps it will give you a few ideas the next time you celebrate a birthday!

 

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June 30th, 2015 | Birthdays, Children, Family, Giving, Holidays, Kids

Child think no presentBy Rob Becka

If you don’t celebrate your birthday, do you still grow older?

That was the question posed by two different studies – one performed in Israel, and the other at the University of Texas. In each study, children aged 4-9 heard the story of a three-year-old who wasn’t able to celebrate his special day. Afterward, researchers asked whether the child would still become a four-year-old despite the lack of a celebration. The result?

As far as kids are concerned, birthdays matter.

Not only did most of the younger children (ages 4 and 5) believe that a birthday celebration is what physically causes them to age, but some of them also made it quite clear that without  presents, a birthday can’t be called a birthday at all!

Just one more reason every child deserves a happy birthday!

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February 16th, 2015 | Birthdays, Children, Family, Giving, Holidays

Valentines (2)In the words of Trina, one of our new volunteers, “What an awesome privilege to be involved with an organization that seeks to remind the most innocent, precious people in our world — You Are Special!”

Also a good time to remember (in the words of Roger, a long-time volunteer) “Never in the history of the world has there ever been another you.  Of the billions and billions of people that have come and gone and the billions and billions of people that are yet to come, there has never been and never will be another you!”

Hope you know how special you are to us!

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January 19th, 2015 | Family, Giving, Holidays, Volunteers

Shared by Steve Blount, a virtual volunteer for Cheerful Givers.

images“I don’t want to make it a “day on” just MLK Day.  I want to make it a “year on”.  Let me explain; I am now volunteering for a  nonprofit organization called Cheerful Givers which provides toy-filled birthday gift bags so that less fortunate parents can recognize their child’s birthday with a gift.  I hope everyone will consider making a donation or becoming a volunteer.”   www.cheerfulgivers.org/give

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December 19th, 2014 | Birthdays, Children, Donations, Family, Funding, Giving, Holidays, Kids

SofieEvery $10 donation means one more child gets to have a Happy Birthday.

The child won’t know it came from you, but you will!

Will you donate today?

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