August 17th, 2016 | Giving, News

For the past three years, 8-year-old Lesa and 5-year-old Dia Carlson from New Brighton have donated all but three of their birthday gifts to children facing homelessness and poverty. It all started when Lesa was in preschool. As she made more friends and her birthday parties grew bigger, her parents felt that all the gifts from her friends, alongside gifts from family, were a lot for one child, and encouraged Lesa to share the gifts with other children in need.

After experimenting with donating to different children’s causes, the Carlsons found Cheerful Givers. Now, after the girls’ birthdays, Lesa and Dia choose three gifts they receive to keep, and donate the rest to Cheerful Givers, which distributes the gifts to food pantries and shelters through the Twin Cities area.

Lesa and Dia Carlson donate to Cheerful Givers

Lesa and Dia Carlson

Lesa and Dia love being able to share their gifts with other kids. They keep the kids they’re donating to in mind when they’re picking out which if their gifts to keep, says Lariza, the girls’ mother. “In past years, they received art supplies along with gifts that might be more attractive to girls. Lesa and Dia will purposefully not pick the art gifts so that there are some ‘boy-friendly’ gifts in their stash to give to Cheerful Givers,” she says.

Thank you for being Outstanding Cheerful Givers, Lesa and Dia!

Are you interested in donating to Cheerful Givers? Please visit our Get Involved page!

 

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July 10th, 2016 | Birthdays, Minnesota Twins, News

The wives of Minnesota Twins players held a Birthday Bag Blitz assembly party to prepare gifts for children facing homelessness and poverty in the Twin Cities area.

The Twins players and their wives assembled an impressive 400 colorful birthday bags—100 more than they did at last year’s event! The group then distributed 200 bags to Neighborhood House in St. Paul, 150 to Anna Marie’s Alliance in St. Cloud, and 50 to Mary’s Place in Minneapolis.

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Thanks to the players and their wives, parents who may not otherwise be able to give their children birthday gifts this year will be able to provide them memorable, special presents. We’re so grateful to the Twins and their wives for contributing to our cause!
Want to host your own bag assembly event? Check out our Get Involved page for more info!

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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.”

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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 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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April 6th, 2015 | Birthdays, Children, Corporate, Giving, News, Press, Volunteers

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We are very excited and honored to be selected by USA Today as one of ten national winners for our Birthday Bag Blitz project held on National Make A Difference Day in October, 2014.  A $10,000 grant will be presented at a luncheon to be held in Washington D.C. on May 6th.

Article is now appearing on USA Today site —   http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/04/06/make-a-difference-day-eagan-minnesota/25357165/

 

 

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March 1st, 2015 | Birthdays, Giving, News

Michael Cuddyer, former Minnesota Twins and current New York Mets player, shares why he and his family support Cheerful Givers.

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February 10th, 2015 | Events, Minnesota Twins, News

Joe & Maddie MauerbrianDuensingSave The Date:   Saturday, August 29 — Chart House Restaurant, Lakeville, MN

Join Minnesota Twins Joe Mauer and Brian Duensing for breakfast and a lively question & answer session, prize drawings and auction at Cheerful Givers 6th Annual Fundraiser with the Minnesota Twins.

This has previously been a sold-out event.  Get your tickets today here.

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December 3rd, 2014 | Birthdays, News, Volunteers

Cuddyers - CopyEach year our Board of Directors has the difficult task of choosing one person to represent the many dedicated volunteers who are the essence of Cheerful Givers.  Claudia Cuddyer was chosen as our 2014 Volunteer-of-the-Year based on her consistently reaching out to support our mission and encouraging others to get involved as well.

Claudia’s involvement with Cheerful Givers began by her leading an effort with the Minnesota Twins Wives to  assemble birthday bags, along with their husbands, following a game each summer. She also helped to plan our first “Breakfast With Minnesota Twins” which has become one of our key annual events. As a former  member of our Board of Directors, and now a volunteer living in Virginia, she continues to demonstrate her passion for our cause in her words and in her actions.

Congratulations, Claudia, and thank you for your tremendous efforts!

 

 

 

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November 13th, 2014 | Donations, Events, News

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gtmd14Doesn’t every child deserve a Happy Birthday?

We believe that birthday celebrations instill self-esteem and strengthen family bonds. That’s why Cheerful Givers provides toy-filled gift bags for children who are living in poverty on their birthday. Give to the Max Day is a day to come together to raise as much money as possible for nonprofits in 24 hours – starting at midnight on November 13.

Just go to our GiveMN.org donation page to donate.

Your Donation Goes Further
on Give to the Max Day

Here’s how:

  • All donations will be matched today! We have matching funds from AAA, Joe & Maddie Mauer, Brian & Lisa Duensing, Michael & Claudia Cuddyer & Justin & Krista Morneau which will double your donation!
  • Former Minnesota Twin and All Star Player, Michael Cuddyer will give a personalized mention on Twitter to anyone who donates $50 or more to Cheerful Givers.
  • Every hour an individual donor will be randomly chosen by GiveMN.org to win a “Golden Ticket.” An additional $2,000 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 two donors and those charities will receive $20,000. So your donation of $20 or more could be multiplied by a thousand!

We hope you’ll consider supporting Cheerful Givers. Please help spread the word using the share buttons below.

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November 4th, 2014 | Donations, Events, Giving, News

gtmd14Instead of waiting, you can now schedule a donation in advance!

On Give to the Max Day Thursday, November 13, 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 13

Your Donation Goes Further on Give to the Max Day

Here’s how:

  • All donations will be matched that day! We have matching funds from AAA, Joe & Maddie Mauer, Brian & Lisa Duensing, Michael & Claudia Cuddyer & Justin & Kristin Morneau which will double your donation!
  • Former Minnesota Twin and All Star Player, Michael Cuddyer will give a personalized mention on Twitter to anyone who donates $50 or more to Cheerful Givers.
  • Every hour an individual donor will be randomly chosen by GiveMN.org to win a “Golden Ticket.” An additional $2,000 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 two donors and those charities will receive $20,000. So your donation of $20 or more could be multiplied by a thousand!

Of course you can always make an online donation the “old fashioned” way by going to our GiveMN.org donation page on November 13. However you choose to take part in Give to the Max Day, we hope you’ll consider supporting Cheerful Givers.

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