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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

All About Baby – Charlotte – February 27th

CHARLOTTE, NC  Registration is NOW OPEN for All About Baby – Charlotte! February 27th, see complete invite details on the website but start emailing now to reserve your spot! The first 50 attendees (Moms to Be or Moms with newborns)with RESERVED spots go home with one of our amazing Baby Booty Bags!! email to reserve your spot now!

All About Baby is a proud supporter of Bright Blessings and will be  accepting new, baby-related items as a donation for the Bless-A-Baby basket program.  

February 8, 2011 at 3:43 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

Introducing Deborah Truesdale, a new member of our volunteer staff

Deborah Truesdale, volunteer coordinator for Blessing Baskets Program

CHARLOTTE, NC – Birthday Blessings would like to welcome Deborah Truesdale as its new Blessings Baskets Program Coordinator.  Deborah is a Charlotte native who has always adored children.  She recently retired from AT&T after nearly 31 years of service.  Deborah first read about Birthday Blessings in the Charlotte Observer around the time of its founding in 2005. Since then, she has read many of the articles written about Birthday Blessings, including the one in Reader’s Digest in February.

“I decided I wanted to see what Birthday Blessings was all about,” said Deborah, who was particularly touched by the Blessing Baskets program.  She whole heartedly supports all the programs of the organization, and the importance of helping others in need.

She began her role this month as the coordinator for our Blessings Baskets Program, which helps celebrate and support the arrival of homeless babies by providing baskets filled with food, clothing, books, and comfort and care essentials. These baskets not only support the critical needs of babies born into homelessness, but they also bring hope to needy mothers while encouraging a positive mother-child bond during these early stages of development.

Welcome to the Birthday Blessings team, Deborah!  We thank you for your commitment and support.

If you want to contact Deborah about our Blessing Baskets Program, email her at

October 2, 2010 at 7:55 pm Leave a comment

All About Baby event for new and expecting moms, Oct. 3

CHARLOTTE, NC – For all you new and expecting moms out there, be sure to register for belly elan’s premiere event, All About Baby, on October 3 from 2-5 p.m. belly elan is our newest retail partner and a Birthday Blessings donation drop site.

The first 50 moms and moms-to-be who register for this event get All About Baby’s infamous Baby Booty Bag filled with $100 worth of gifts, samples, and coupons. Prepare yourself for an afternoon of fun, food, freebies, giveaways, and plenty of information about prenatal, postnatal, and baby needs.

Event organizers are asking attendees to bring a Blessing Basket item as your entrance fee to this quarterly baby event. Items we are most in need of for this critical-needs program are:  sleepers and clothing for boys and girls (sizes newborn to 18 months), washcloths and towels, baby care essentials (shampoo/wash, lotion, powder, diaper ointment), bottles, bibs, burp cloths, rice cereal and jar food, laundry baskets, and jumbo gift sacks.

We thank you in advance for your support.  Together, we can provide homeless babies with a healthy and positive start to life, while bringing help and hope to needy mothers.

September 7, 2010 at 5:32 pm Leave a comment

Announcing belly elan maternity boutique, our newest retail partner

CHARLOTTE, NC – We are excited to announce that belly elan maternity boutique, located in south Charlotte at 9816-D Rea Road in the Blakeney Shopping Center, is Birthday Blessings’ newest retail partner! belly elan is a fashion-forward boutique where a woman can shop through all stages of her pregnancy and after baby is born.

In addition to offering a 15% discount to anyone purchasing and donating Blessing Basket items to Birthday Blessings, belly elan also accepts donations of new, unwrapped toys, baby items and care essentials, party supplies, and favors for Birthday Blessings.

Said Nidhie Dhiman, owner of belly elan:  “Ever since I’ve had the store, I’ve wanted to find a way to give back to the community that has helped us become so successful. I have always wanted to find something that not only related to the work I do, but also something I was passionate about. I love the work that Birthday Blessings does. And, for a new mother to be given basic necessities for her newborn that she may not have otherwise received is wonderful! Thank you to Birthday Blessings from belly elan and All About Baby for giving us the opportunity to work with such wonderful people and helping put a smile on a mother’s face! We look forward to this continued partnership and hope to help your organization be that much more successful.”

For more information about belly elan’s quarterly premiere event, All About Baby, for new moms and moms-to-be, click here. Registration begins September 15. A Baby Booty Bag worth $100 goes to the first 50 moms registered.

September 5, 2010 at 5:24 pm Leave a comment

First Birthday Blessings celebration at Children’s Attention Home

Birthday Blessings adopt-a-party volunteers (Bottom row - Matthew Thompson, Madison Gardner, Madison Ennis, Blake Stacy. Back row - Gerald Thompson, Tammy Thompson, Heather Gardner, Shannon Ennis, Stacy Ennis, Elizabeth Stacy, Steelie the Mad Scientist, Joshua Thompson)

ROCK HILL, SC – We are pleased to now be serving our second homeless facility in York County with monthly birthday celebrations! The Children’s Attention Home is a 24-hour emergency shelter and long-term residential facility for children who find themselves homeless due to abuse, neglect, and/or abandonment.

On August 28, Birthday Blessings Volunteer Party Coordinator Tammy Thompson, along with her family and the Stacey, Gardner, and Ennis families, helped host a Back-to-School Birthday Bash,  celebrating August birthdays with 30 children and five staff members at the Children’s Attention Home.

Mad Scientist Steelie with Mad Science, a long-time Program Support Partner of Birthday Blessings, entertained the boisterous bunch with her scientific expertise and crowd-pleasing experiments, and our adopt-a-party group provided cupcakes and ice cream. Our three special birthday guests of honor received their gift packages and goodies, as they were showered with lots of recognition and attention!

And, to ensure none of the children missed a birthday spotlight this year, a birthday fun bag was given to each child whose special day came before Birthday Blessings arrived.   As always, each of our party guests received a treat sack, along with a new book to help kick off the start of a new school year.

Tammy has also delivered five Blessing Baskets over the past month to new babies arriving to the Children’s Attention Home, giving each child a healthier and more positive start to life.

Said Tammy:  We had a great time with the children at Children’s Attention Home. The Mad Scientist was the highlight of the party, and she engaged the birthday kids to be her assistants. Some experiments went a little wacky, but it was ‘mad’ science after all! It was awesome to see the children all having fun. Several are anxiously awaiting their September birthday celebration.”

If you would like to adopt a future party at the Children’s Attention Home in Rock Hill, SC, please email Tammy at

September 5, 2010 at 5:20 pm Leave a comment

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