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Introducing PURPOSE PARTIES at The Giving Village!

Purpose Parties at Bright Blessings

Purpose Parties are service-focused celebrations held at Bright Blessings such as birthday parties, baby showers, or any type of special occasion group event.  

For a rental donation you will receive private use of The Giving Village, a Bright Blessings host, paper products and decorations, as well as prepared supplies for a service project that you and your guests can participate in. 
 
All attendees will also enjoy a visit to “Treat Street” to fill their own bags with favors. 
 
A Purpose Party at Bright Blessings is a unique and meaningful way to celebrate your occasion while also helping support homeless children. 
 
READ about our inaugural Purpose Party in The Charlotte Observer, and learn how birthday girl Libby celebrated her 9th birthday with friends at Bright Blessings!   CharlotteObserver-April17.2011
 
Birthdays… Baby Showers… Youth Groups…  Book Clubs… Team / Recreational Groups… Girl Scouts & Boy Scouts… Social / Civc Clubs… Any occasion and all ages!
 
CONTACT US at Parties@BrightBlessingsUSA.org  or call 704-846-2329 to inquire about scheduling your next celebration at Bright Blessings.
 
OR visit us online at www.BrightBlessingsUSA.org/Support for complete details.

 

June 7, 2011 at 11:25 am Leave a comment

Personalized giving with “Heart To Heart” at Bright Blessings

SEND A WISH.    CREATE A GIFT.    FROM YOUR HEART TO THEIRS.

Bright Blessings introduces “Heart To Heart,” personalized giving that will warm your heart and the heart of a homeless child.   

Build-A-Bucket

Your $10 donation provides a personalized giving experience as you create a one-of-a-kind gift for a homeless child!  Perfect for the young and the young at heart, our Build-A-Bucket projects bring the givers just as much joy as those who receive them.

Inside The Giving Village, you will choose your own gift container and a theme from our Heart To Heart “specialty shop.”  Enjoy hand-decorating your bucket or caddy with themed accessories, and then fill with coordinating gift items that you select from our shelves.   Add festive tissue paper, wrap in a clear cello bag, and top with ribbon and a cheerful gift tag signed just from you.

Complete your gift set by choosing a keepsake pocket card with a message of encouragementand joy.  Your one-of-a-kind gift creation will welcome a homeless baby at a local shelter, or will be delivered to a homeless child on his or her birthday.

Choose from any of these Build-A-Bucket gift themes: Clean ‘n Cozy; Wee Wonder; Pretty Princess; Busy Bee; Funosaurus; Game On!; Beauty & Bling; Have a Ball; Go Time.  

To sign up for your Build-A-Bucket personalize giving experience at Bright Blessings, email us at Contact@BrightBlessingsUSA.org or call 704-846-2329. 

Tag-A-Bag

Your $5 donation will send a heartfelt wish to a homeless child on his or her special day.

For birthdays, a bright and cheerful tag will be personalized with your name* and added to a child’s gift package.  Your tag will also include a keepsake pocket card with an uplifting message for the birthday boy or girl.

For babies, a “welcome wish” tag will be personalized with your name* and added to a Blessing Basket for a homeless baby.  Your tag will also include a keepsake pocket card with an encouraging message for baby’s parent.

 * First name with last name initial

To make your $5 donation and Tag-A-Bag, visit us online at www.BrightBlessingsUSA.org or mail your check payable to Bright Blessings to 608-A Matthews Mint Hill Road, Matthews, NC 28105.  Be sure to include the first name and last initial of the Wish Sender!

June 3, 2011 at 8:14 pm Leave a comment

New project expansion; busy summer at Bright Blessings!

The Bright Blessings team is happy to announce expansion plans for our Bless-A-Birthday schools program! 

As one academic year comes to a close, summer time at Bright Blessings will be busier than ever as we prepare to serve even more homeless students in the coming 2011-12 school year. 

In partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, our birthday program for elementary, middle, and high school transient homeless students will expand to serve an additional 500-800 kids in need.  That means we’ll be busy all summer long organizing and preparing program supplies!

Are you interested in volunteering at Bright Blessings this summer?  If so, we need your help!  

It’s going to take thousands of additional snack bags, hundreds of Care & Comfort Bags, and plenty of gifts, backpacks and more.  We invite you to come volunteer and help us prepare for this expansion project.  Please consider bringing some donations to help!  Visit the “Support” page on our website for more details about this project and a list of our needs. 

Your contributions and volunteerism will help Bright Blessings bring joy and support to over 500 additional homeless students in the coming school year.  We thank you!

May 19, 2011 at 3:12 pm Leave a comment

Local & national television media help spread the mission of Bright Blessings

STAY TUNED…  The mission and programs of Bright Blessings continues to spread to both local and national audiences!

NBC’s TODAY SHOW regular Sara Haines and producer Dana Roecker recently flew in from NYC to visit Bright Blessings and Charlotte Emergency Housing as they filmed and interviewed for a segment that will air on the TODAY SHOW at a date still to be announced.  Stay tuned for more information!

Mark your calendars or set your DVRs to record the Charlotte Today show, April 19, on local NBC affiliate WCNC-NewsChannel 36.  In February, reporter Davina Sutton spent time at the home of Bright Blessings founders Amy and John Cervantes and then filmed one of our Bless-A-Birthday parties in action at the YWCA.  Be sure to catch the show on April 19!

Local production company, Full Scale Productions, has recently been on site at Bright Blessings and at partner agency Florence Crittenton Services to capture the heart and impact of our Bless-A-Baby program.  This special video segment is for baby-care industry giant, Johnson & Johnson, and will air on the company’s Online Health Channel at a date to be announced.  More details soon!

March 26, 2011 at 10:42 am Leave a comment

Bright Blessings’ Grand Opening Event!

   OPEN HOUSE! 

Bring your friends and family, and come celebrate Bright Blessings’ new Matthews location, The Giving Village. 

Join us on Sunday, April 10, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m., for lots of fun and FREE festivities! 

Bounce House                   Mad Science                              Games & Prizes

KidzArt projects               Shoot-Out Contests             Sand Art

Face Painting                     Refreshments                          And More!                             

Plus, stop at “Treat Street” inside the Village & fill your own goody bag!

 *  Participate in hands-on  SERVICE PROJECTS for all ages  *

 “PENCILS & POPS” Raffle! 

Donate a new package of pencils or a bag of lollipops, or give a cash donation and be entered to win one of many great prizes!

Join us for this fun-filled afternoon and help support the programs of Bright Blessings as we bring joy & support to over 3,000 local homeless children each year.  Learn more about volunteer opportunities at The Giving Village and throughout our community.

THANK YOU to our event sponsors and partners! 

Your Event Source

Children’s Party Plus

KidzArt

Suzi Skinny Cakes

Mad Science

MomsCharlotte.com / The Charlotte Observer

March 25, 2011 at 3:26 pm Leave a comment

Community cheers for Bright Blessings!

(March 24, 2011) – In just eight weeks since Bright Blessings began and completed its move and facility renovations at our new location in Mattthews, the local community has already rallied its support for the cause!  We want to share a few of these remarkable volunteer and special project efforts that have helped us keep the wheels in motion during our move, enabling the programs of Bright Blessings to continue making an impact for thousands of homeless children across our community.

*  Members of a MARA (Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association) basketball Cheer Team spent time together at Bright Blessings filling hundreds of favor bags for the homeless children served by the organization’s Bless-A-Birthday program. 

 *  “Kids For A Cause” at Providence Springs Elementary School in Matthews filled more than two dozen backpacks with snacks, supplies, goodies and care essentials to aid transient homeless students served through Bright Blessings’ Student Birthdays Project. 

*  Over 20 youth from Philadelphia Presbyterian Church in Mint Hill spent hours at Bright Blessings’ new facility helping sort and organize gifts, labeling and shelving books for its Gift of Literacy project, and assembling party kits and supplies. 

*  Middle School students from Christ Covenant Day School worked together for a morning of service at Bright Blessings, selecting and wrapping birthday gifts for for local homeless children ages tots to teens; filling birthday snack bags for transient homeless students; and wrapping and labeling book gift sets. 

*  More than 200 volunteers participated in projects at Bright Blessings during Love Week, a city-wide week of volunteer service led by Elevation Church.  Every day scores of volunteers helped with organization, sorting, wrapping, shelving, and more!

Our greatest thanks to ALL of our dedicated volunteers and supporters who help Bright Blessings bring joy and support to thousands of homeless children across our region every year.

March 24, 2011 at 2:18 pm Leave a comment

New volunteer positions available

February 2, 2011 – Bright Blessings continues to grow!  We are currently seeking volunteers to serve  as Facility Hosts at our new location, The Giving Village, in Matthews.  We are also seeking two Volunteer Co-Coordinators to help plan and carry out birthday celebrations for children at a local homeless shelter once per month.  Please click the link below to read more about these opportunities and let us know if you are interested in joining the Bright Blessings team! 

Facility Hosts and Volunteer Party Co-Coordinators

We are a volunteer-strong organization serving thousands of homeless children each year, thanks to the many helping hands and hearts who give so generously to help brighten the lives of kids in need.  Thanks for your interest in serving with Bright Blessings!

February 2, 2011 at 10:43 pm Leave a comment

Heartwarming video: watch BB in action

January 27, 2011 – Catch a glimpse of Bright Blessings in action!  Watch as volunteers prepare gifts and supplies, as festive cupcakes are baked, and then witness the smiles and joy of children during a Bright Blessings party at a local shelter. 

Click this link to watch now: Bright Blessings video on “What’s Cooking”

Our sincere thanks to everyone who participated to help make this celebration a special one for the kids and families at Charlotte Emergency Housing: 

* Party preparations volunteer team: W.H. Gill & Associates

* Pastry partner: Suzi Allora of Suzi Skinny Cakes 

* Bright Blessings volunteer coordinator: Bronwyn Pressley and daughter Aubrey

* Adopt-a-Party group: Marni Eisner and friends

* And a special thanks to AllRecipes.com and host of “What’s Cooking,” Michael Ketchum, for making the trip all the way to Charlotte to share in the Bright Blessings experience!

January 27, 2011 at 5:03 pm Leave a comment

Bright Blessings featured on “What’s Cooking” show!

January 24, 2011 – Tune in to AllRecipes.TV this Thursday morning, January 27, and view the “What’s Cooking” webisode featuring Bright Blessings! 

The segment will tell the Bright Blessings story with scenes of volunteers at our facility preparing gifts and supplies, cake baking and decorating by loyal pastry partner Suzi Allora of Suzi Skinny Cakes, and see the smiling faces of children at Charlotte Emergency Housing during a Bright Blessings birthday celebration.  

Michael Ketchum, host of the “What’s Cooking” show, and his team were here in Charlotte last November to see first hand what Bright Blessings is all about and to film the scenes for this special webisode.  We are honored and excited to be featured on the AllRecipes.com tv channel.  Our thanks to Michael and everyone at AllRecipes for helping share the mission and programs of Bright Blessings with their viewers. 

Be sure to tune in this Thursday morning, January 27,  for the “What’s Cooking” show!

January 25, 2011 at 4:29 pm Leave a comment

New Year announcements: name change and plans for new local facility

 (Charlotte, N.C., January 10, 2010) – Birthday Blessings, a volunteer-led nonprofit serving homeless children and families across the greater Charlotte region, is proud to kick off the new year with two major announcements.  In addition to a name change, plans are under way for the organization’s new headquarters located in Matthews, North Carolina. 

 A new year, a new name:  Effective January 10, 2011, Birthday Blessings will become Bright Blessings USA (“Birthdays and Beyond for Homeless Children”), a strategic decision by the organization and its Board of Directors with twofold purpose: To better convey the breadth of the nonprofit’s programs and services which have evolved significantly since its founding; and to provide a unique and trademarked brand for the planned official launch of the organization’s National Affiliate Network.   

 “It’s amazing to see how the Charlotte community has wrapped itself around this organization, helping it grow to where it is today,” says Amy Cervantes, volunteer executive director and co-founder.  “John and I are constantly humbled by how much Bright Blessings has expanded and how many lives are being impacted as a result.  Our community is truly remarkable.”

 Service to the community, by the community:  After operating at its current location for two years, thanks to the generosity of partial donated space by local nonprofit LifeSpan Services, Bright Blessings is preparing to move its headquarters to Matthews.  This spring the organization will open the doors to its new facility, The Giving Village, a concept inspired by the nonprofit’s founding goal of providing relevant, hands-on volunteer opportunities for children—and people of all ages—in a safe, comfortable and uplifting environment.   The nearly 4,000 square foot facility located at 608-A Matthews-Mint Hill Road will be home to the Bright Blessings programs and its supporting projects, and will host hundreds of volunteers and visitors monthly.  Each aspect of the organization and its program services will be brought to life in the form of a small town operated by its “villagers”—a community of volunteers.  Facility details and layout are available online at www.BrightBlessingsUSA.org

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 Bright Blessings began in 2005 as a family service project created by Mint Hill couple Amy and John Cervantes as way to help children in need while fostering a love for volunteerism in their own young children.  In 2008, they incorporated their service venture as a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit, quickly expanding the organization’s programs and services.  Today, the programs of Bright Blessings reach more than 2,000 homeless children and families every year, thanks to success of its volunteer-led infrastructure and the many dedicated supporters and participants whose daily efforts help brighten the lives of children in need.   

For more information, go to http://www.BrightBlessingsUSA.org.

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January 10, 2011 at 6:51 am Leave a comment

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