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

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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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May 29th, 2015 | Birthdays, Children, Giving, Kids, Schools, Volunteers


DSC_6116May 29 is a day that will be remembered in the history of Cheerful Givers, as we filled our One Millionth Birthday Bag since the organization began 21 years ago.  This special event took place at Partnership Academy where students, who have been volunteers, assembled that special bag.

Minnesota Governor Dayton proclaimed the day as “Cheerful Givers Day” throughout Minnesota in recognition of the one million children who have received our birthday gift bags.

Thanks to everyone who has supported our efforts to reach this amazing milestone!

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April 28th, 2015 | Birthdays, Giving, Partners, Schools, Volunteers


By Susan Peterson, Work Experience Coordinator, Northland Vocational Evaluation and Training

When the students at Northland Vocational Evaluation and Training  were asked what their favorite job is, most replied: “Birthday Bags!”  The students are part of the center based work program located in Brooklyn Park, MN.   Intermediate District 287, in partnership with Osseo School District 279, continues to provide meaningful work opportunities for students with disabilities and abilities, ages 14-21.

We wish to thank Cheerful Givers for providing the wonderful items to assemble the birthday bags.   As part of the birthday bag packaging, students do everything from placing items in a bag, cutting and tying ribbons and making bows.  This opportunity provides a very meaningful work skills based training for our students, who learn core work skills, communication skills and increased positive work habits.

Hats off to Cheerful Givers for providing such an excellent work opportunity and to the students who continue to say their favorite job is birthday bags!



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March 27th, 2015 | Birthdays, Giving, Kids, Minnesota Twins, Schools, Volunteers

DSC02800Students in the Bridges Transition Program in Andover, Minnesota have been helping to fill birthday bags for a number of years.  Recently they conducted a coin drive, and today presented Cheerful Givers with a check for $645.63.

Many students said they were baseball fans, so to honor a former Minnesota Twin and Cheerful Givers supporter on his birthday, they sang Happy Birthday to Michael Cuddyer after watching a short video he created for Cheerful Givers.


Many thanks to all of the amazing students and teachers!  And a very Happy Birthday to Michael Cuddyer!!



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January 28th, 2015 | Birthdays, Giving, Schools, Volunteers

DSC02783DSC02786Southwest Metro Special Ed Program volunteers take time each day to fill birthday bags.

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October 21st, 2014 | Birthdays, Children, Donations, Giving, Schools, Volunteers

Southwest Metro - ZimmermanSpecial education students at the Southwest Metro program in Shakopee, Minnesota have been creating colorful bean bags  to add to the  birthday bags they assemble, which requires supplies as well as skills.  The group was pleased when former MN Twin, Michael Cuddyer and his wife, Claudia, offered to help provide some of the needed supplies.  To thank them, the group of students sent this note.

Dear Cuddyers,
Thank you for being so kind for donating the rice to help us fill the bean bags to make children happy on their birthdays. We reached our goal of packaging 1,000 birthday bags in September.
Kathleen Zimmermann’s Transition Class



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May 15th, 2013 | Birthdays, Children, Donations, Family, Giving, Kids, Schools, Volunteers


Student Council members at Hoover Elementary School in Coon Rapids, Minnesota  chose Cheerful Givers for an all-school project after learning about the need in their own community.

Members of the Council presented information to each class, and then were pleased when students and their families began to donate thousands of new puzzles, games, art supplies and a great assortment of toys.  On the day of their “Birthday Bag Blitz” all students paired up and filled over 300 gift bags after signing a giant banner that proclaimed “We are Cheerful Givers.”   Many thanks to second grade teacher, Jane Hammes, for helping to organize this great effort.

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April 10th, 2013 | Birthdays, Funding, Giving, Kids, Schools

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“It’s such a great experience and is teaching our students skills about focusing and following directions.  Plus the kids enjoy it” commented Brenda Szoka, Special Education Teacher at the Cedar Alternative Center School in Eagan.  For about an hour each day at the Sun (Students with Unique Needs) Program, students, ages 13-20,  assemble about 100 toy-filled birthday bags for Cheerful Givers.

Everyone is given an opportunity to choose which task they would like to do, from adding birthday stickers to bags, to filling the bags with an assortment of toys, or adding the important ribbon.  Birthday bags are then carefully counted and supplies are stored for the next day’s activities.  Because it’s such a successful program, both students and teachers would like to increase the amount of birthday bags they are assembling. To make that happen, Cheerful Givers is looking for businesses, organizations or individuals who might consider sponsoring this project with funding to purchase the needed items. For more information, contact

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May 1st, 2012 | Birthdays, Children, Donations, Funding, Giving, Kids, Schools

142 students from Montessori through 5th grade at Convent of the Visitation School in Mendota Heights, Minnesota learned about Cheerful Givers and worked together to fill birthday bags.  A special thanks to the little girl who returned after the event with her eleven cents to donate.

Mary Kirchoff, Student Support Services, said “What a wonderful organization you have created! I am grateful for the children here who were able to experience this and for the many children you serve every day.”


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