About Us

When I started Cheerful Givers in 1993, with 12 birthday bags, I never imagined that this charity would serve more than 1,000,000 children living in poverty. Through the years, so many wonderful people have contributed their time and money, and companies have donated products, and foundations have gifted us money, to provide birthday gifts to low income parents so that they can have the joy of celebrating their children. 

As I look back, I am amazed at what we have accomplished together. I want to thank each and every one of the cheerful givers, who have made happiness happen for less fortunate children. With all my heart, I love and appreciate all of our cheerful givers, and all of our cheerful receivers!





Our Mission & Values

We provide toy-filled birthday gift bags to food shelves and shelters so that parents living in poverty can give their child a HAPPY birthday. We believe this simple gesture boosts self-esteem, enhances self-worth, and strengthens bonds in families.

Human Dignity
Celebrating individuals and families through gift-giving and volunteering; Enhancing in families living in poverty a sense of self-worth and hope; Anonymously providing our services to those in need; Equally acknowledging the lives of all members of our community.

Insisting on fiscal responsibility; Using measurable results to monitor our progress; Growing the outreach of Cheerful Givers; Recognizing our volunteers and contributors; Serving cheerfully and with dedication.

Community Building
Inspiring others to make a positive impact through our example; Sustaining strong, interdependent relationships with our community partners; Engaging the larger community in the unmet need of those living in poverty; Building awareness, compassion, and a caring spirit toward families who cannot otherwise celebrate their children’s birthdays.