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Bright Blessings Welcomes Carly Behrmann as our Student Birthday Program Manager!

Carly Behrmann took on a huge role as our Volunteer Student Birthdays Program Manager in mid-Novemeber of 2010. Carly has been hard at work ensuring that the many local homeless children in Charlotte area schools receive Birthday gifts, goody bags or a “Fit to Celebrate” Party Pack.

In partnership with A Child’s Place, transient homeless students across Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are identified for our Student Birthdays Project. These children do not live in area shelters but rather in motels, campgrounds, and other transient situations. Upon receiving the child’s name, age, gender, Carly and a group of dedicated volunteers start packing up goody bags for the Birthday Student. All student birthday packages include gifts, as well as care essentials and a blanket. These party packs and gift bags are dropped off anonymously and given to the child through social workers at the schools.

Carly and husband, Chris, go way back with the founders of Bright Blessings, John & Amy Cervantes. John and Chris were college classmates! The Behrmann family volunteered and attended events when possible for the past few years, but until recently, Carly’s full time pharmaceutical sales position, along with family responsibilities, kept Carly from being as involved as she wished.

Much like the Cervantes family, (whose family service project blossomed into this national 501(c)3 nonprofit) Carly wanted to get her children in the spirit of giving and thought Bright Blessings (formerly Birthday Blessings) was the perfect opportunity.

The Student Birthday Program is lucky to have individuals, churches, schools, and other organizations come together to donate materials and time to help make the program a huge success. If interested in getting involved with Carly and the Student Birthday Program, email or call (704)846-BDAY!

March 14, 2011 at 5:22 pm Leave a comment

Volunteer Spotlight: Elizabeth Nickles

Introducing Mrs.  Elizabeth Nickles!  Elizabeth Nickles is Birthday Blessing’s volunteer party coordinator for Florence Crittenton.  Elizabeth has been with Birthday Blessings since March of 2010.  Elizabeth is a happily married mother of two “babies!”.  Her family relocated from Virginia Beach two years ago.

While having family fun at Monkey Joe’s with her two beautiful children (Faith and Will) early this year, Mrs. Nickles took notice of a fundraiser Birthday Blessings was holding at the location.  Elizabeth loved the organization’s purpose (Birthday Blessings aims to provide positive emotional experiences for homeless children and their families by lifting spirits, promoting self-worth, and supporting basic needs) and knew she wanted to be involved. 

Elizabeth has been doing a fantastic job making these parties successful.  One of the mothers at Florence Crittenton told her that the “Blessing Baskets are awesome and really do help” us!  Blessing Baskets are given to babies and new mothers born into homelessness.  They contain essentials like onesies, formula, diapers, bottles, pacifiers and baby powder.

To learn how you can help Elizabeth and Bright Blessings (formerly Birthday Blessings) continue to provide Blessing Baskets and Beyond, click here: find out more about our programs.

January 14, 2011 at 5:05 am Leave a comment

Inaugural Boo Bash at Mothers & Children Housing Ministry in Cabarrus

CONCORD, NC – Staci Powell and a group of her friends from Providence Baptist Church adopted Birthday Blessings’ first party at the Mothers and Children Housing Ministry in Cabarrus County on October 13th. This Halloween-happy volunteer group brought an array of costumes for our dress-up Birthday Boo Bash. The children especially enjoyed playing the parts of Spider Man, Iron Man and Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, ruby slippers and all!

They kept the party going with a rousing game of pin the nose on the jack-o-lantern.  The Providence Baptist group also brought supplies so young and old could make their own beautiful, comfy fleece pillows.  While making the pillows, a 6-year-old boy remarked that he could not wait to sleep with his because it was so soft and fluffy.

Following a meal of delicious pizza, the group enjoyed devouring festive cupcakes made by a 12-year-old volunteer.  All the kids received jack-o-lantern goody bags filled with trinkets and sweet treats.

When Birthday Blessings Volunteer Coordinator CJ Sammonds asked if they had fun, the kids all screamed “Yes!”  One little girl gleefully replied that the party was a “super fun time.”

Another great Birthday Blessings celebration with some super fun children!

Every October, Birthday Blessings and its volunteer groups host “Birthday Boo Bash” parties at homeless shelters across the region.  Most children living in transitional housing programs or emergency shelters aren’t able to participate in traditional holiday activities like dressing up and going door to door for fun treats.  Birthday Blessings is proud to bring Trick-or-Treat fun and Halloween festivities to children and families experiencing homelessness during our annual Boo Bash celebrations.

If you would like to adopt a party at the Mothers & Childrens Housing Ministry, email CJ Sammonds at

November 5, 2010 at 3:51 pm Leave a comment

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