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.

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October 24th, 2016 | Birthdays, Book, Children, Kids

We have a brand new coloring book you can download, print and bring to life with color!

Cheerful Givers comic book

Cheerful Givers Birthday Rumble coloring comic book

David Chang, our summer intern who is currently enrolled at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, created this fun comic book, “Birthday Rumble,” which tells the story of a rivaling superhero and super villain who happen to be twins.

Click here to download “Birthday Rumble,” print it out and color away!

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May 30th, 2016 | Birthdays, Giving, Kids

For Mallory Held’s eighth birthday, instead of receiving gifts from her friends, she wanted to find a way to help kids in need, who don’t get the chance to celebrate their birthdays with gifts every year.

“I wanted them to be happy and have a fun birthday too,” she said.

So Mallory and her mom Jamie did some research online, and discovered Cheerful Givers, which through the generous help of volunteers and donors, assembles birthday bags for children facing homelessness and poverty. Mallory decided to ask her friends to bring either items to place in bags, or donations to purchase these items.

Mallory and Jamie then donated the items to Cheerful Givers, which was able to assemble 12 birthday bags with the great gifts. We then dropped the bags off at a local food pantry, where parents can pick them up and give them to their kids on their birthdays.

Mallory, who also helps raise money for a school in Guatemala and participates in food drives, has told her Girl Scout troop leader about the Cheerful Givers experience, and hopes to assemble more bags with her troop soon.

Thank you, Mallory!

Are you interested in hosting a bag assembly party or donating to Cheerful Givers? Please visit our Get Involved page!

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May 28th, 2016 | Birthdays, Children, Kids

When Clara Willingham and her mother, Stephanie, started planning Clara’s ninth birthday party, they looked for something special guests could bring instead of presents. They sought out different causes they could donate to, and came upon Cheerful Givers, which donates birthday gifts to children facing homelessness and poverty.

Along with a birthday party invitation, Clara’s mother Stephanie sent out a link to the Cheerful Givers Birthday Bag Instructions page, which provides helpful suggestions for birthday bag items. Clara and her friends assembled 15 bags! She and her mom then dropped the bags off at the Sabathani Community Center Food Shelf in Minneapolis, where children’s parents can pick up the gifts and give them to their kids on their birthdays.

Clara Willingham

Clara, thank you for your generosity! Your caring gesture will give 15 kids a very special birthday.

Are you interested in hosting a bag assembly party or donating to Cheerful Givers? Please visit our Get Involved 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 18th, 2016 | Family, Kids, Volunteers

Volunteering is a great way to teach children about helping others in need and giving back to their communities. But with school, extracurriculars and all the other commitments families have on their plates, it can be hard to fit volunteering into already packed schedules. On top of that, it can be hard to find activities that everyone enjoys. That’s why Cheerful Givers makes it easy for kids and their families to donate their time to other children in fun, memorable ways.

Here are just a few family-friendly volunteering opportunities Cheerful Givers offers:

Become a Pencil or Crayon Collector: Lead a pencil or crayon drive at your school or local organization. By collecting new pencils or crayons for Cheerful Givers’ bags, you’ll help provide birthday gifts to children facing homeless and poverty.

Host a Bag Assembly Party: Whether you’re looking for a unique birthday party theme or a team-building activity, hosting a bag assembly party can be fun and impactful. Research and collect gift bag items, and then assemble the bags to create unique, memorable birthday gifts for children in need.

Research Toys for Kids: What kid doesn’t love learning about new toys? We need help from the experts to determine what fun, interesting and unique new toys to include in our birthday bags. By sending us suggestions for gift bag items, you’ll help us provide special birthday presents to children who otherwise wouldn’t get them.

Check out more unique ways you can volunteer with Cheerful Givers on VolunteerMatch.org.

Have a great idea for a family-friendly volunteering opportunity? Email Robin Steele at robin@cheerfulgivers.org.

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February 8th, 2016 | Children, Family, Kids

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January 28th, 2016 | Birthdays, Giving, Kids, Volunteers

Eagan HS 1EAGAN HS 2Members of the Interact Club at Eagan High School, along with some great supporters, made sure that the birthdays of 400 kids were not forgotten!

Thanks to these great student and their fantastic teacher, Bill Wirsbinski!

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January 19th, 2016 | Children, Giving, Kids

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January 2nd, 2016 | Birthdays, Children, Family, Giving, Kids

Happy-New-Year-2016-380x254By Robert Becka

Looking for a great way to make (and keep) your New Year’s Resolutions for 2016? Try involving your kids!

Regardless of whether you make the same resolutions, you’re all more likely to keep them if they’re made as a family: your encouragement will help the kids stay on track, and in return they’ll keep you honest. Turn it into a game (complete with small treats as rewards), and you’re even more likely to stick with it!

Need a few ideas?

The American Academy of Pediatrics provides a great list of resolutions for children, separated by age group. Give it a look — we think you’ll find that more than a couple of them (including those for preschoolers) would be great additions to your own list of resolutions.

Naturally, we suggest resolutions such as “I will help out in my community!” It’s not only a great way to teach kids the joys of charitable giving; it’s also a fun way to bond as a family while helping children in need!

 

 

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