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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

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

Bless Their Hearts at Toys & Co. February 20th – 26th

CHARLOTTE, NC –  Toys & Co. in Cotswold Village Shops at 242 S. Sharon Amity Road is generously donating 20% of purchases made between February 20th – 26th to support the homeless children we serve with the programs of Bright Blessings. The 9,000-square-foot  interactive toy store in South Charlotte offers more fun than a barrel of monkeys, so if you have never explored this toy mecca with your kids, you’re in for a treat!

Be sure to mention Bless Their Hearts at Bright Blessings when you make your purchase.  Thank you for your support!!

Toys & Co. is a donation drop site and proud sponsor of Birthday Blessings, and offers a year-round 15% discount on items purchased and donated to Bright Blessings.

Please help us spread the word!

February 11, 2011 at 6:16 pm Leave a comment

Zensible Mama – My Best Birthday Gift Received

CHARLOTTE, NC  Maricris, also known as Zensible Mama, generously held a Toy Drive in honor of her birthday.  Maricris said, “Instead of celebrating mine, I celebrated the life of the homeless children in my community with the help of family and friends.” 

As you see in the picture, Maricris, her family and friends have huge giving hearts!  Maricris even received 104 Zhu Zhu Pets from the actual toy manufacturer!

Maricris also shared, “At the day of the Toy Drive when it was finally cake time, the kids sang Happy Birthday NOT to me but to “dear homeless kids” on their own accord that I’d dare say, even those with an abominable snowman hearts will melt if they’ve heard that!”

Maricris – we can’t thank you enough for your generosity and thinking of the homeless children we serve.  I know this was your best birthday ever!

Check out Maricris’ video as she documented the Toy Drive and the actual delivery to our Clanton Rd. office.

February 6, 2011 at 1:07 pm Leave a comment

Corporate Service Day for Shire Pharmaceuticals Regional Team

CHARLOTTE, NC  On Monday, the Regional Team from Shire Pharmaceuticals visited our office to donate toys, games and baby items.  They also spent the afternoon filling Party Packs and Blessing Bags for our Student Birthday program. Thank you so much for exchanging your office Christmas party for a day to help Birthday Blessings.


“On behalf of our team, I would like to sincerely ‘Thank You’ for providing us the opportunity to work with your organization. We had a wonderful time purchasing the items for the birthday and blessing bags, and delivering them to your office. We were truly moved by our tour of the Birthday Blessings facility and the opportunity to fill many birthday bags! Imagining those bags, which we helped to fill, being delivered to a child on their birthday and the emotions that may come along with that, made an incredible impact on all of us and we consider ourselves fortunate to work with such a wonderful organization.”

“Once again, thank you for organizing and opening your office to us (a day that it was closed, nonetheless!); it was absolutely a wonderful experience. We look forward to working with you again in the future. Please let us know if you need anything!”  Lauren Hudson – Shire Pharmaceuticals

December 8, 2010 at 3:07 am Leave a comment

Purchase for a Purpose at The Santa Shops

CHARLOTTE, NC – Looking to avoid the malls and get a head start on your holiday shopping?  Come visit The Santa Shops on Thursday and Friday, November 11 and 12, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and help support Birthday Blessings with your gift purchases!  A portion of all sales will be donated to help support the mission and programs of Birthday Blessings.

Located behind the Harris YMCA in SouthPark, come browse through a custom home featured by Dickens-Mitchener (6332 St. Stephen Lane, Charlotte, 28210). Shop all your favorite boutique-style vendors.  Enjoy some tasty treats, and find those special gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list!  Monogramming is offered on-site, and you can schedule your holiday photo with the kids at a mini session as well.

This “Purpose for a Purpose” holiday event features Quill Designs Monogramming, Savory Moments Gourmet Catering, Stella & Dot, Top 10 Toys for the season from Learning Express, Charlotte Chocolate, Bella Tunno, ASANA, Ladybug Bows, Arbonne, Floradora, WaterLily, Carolina Papertrails, Holly B, Katherine Charles Designs, Cloister Honey, Fashionably Lauren, Woolie Moon’s, Henrydoodle, Anderson’s Famous Pecan Pies and MORE!

Come join the festivities and help support Birthday Blessings!

November 5, 2010 at 3:57 pm Leave a comment

Barnes & Noble holiday book and toy drive to support local homeless kids, Nov. 1-Dec. 31

4020 Sharon Road Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC – For the second year in a row, Barnes & Noble – Morrison Place in SouthPark is holding a holiday book and toy drive to support the homeless children served by Birthday Blessings!

As a result of the generosity of Barnes & Noble and its customers last holiday season, we were blessed with 2,350 books to fill our new Gift of Literacy Library Room.

With thousands of homeless children served annually by Birthday Blessings, our all-volunteer nonprofit relies heavily on in-kind donations. As you’re doing your holiday shopping, we hope you will stop by Barnes & Noble – Morrison Place November 1 through December 31 to purchase and donate a book or toy that we will pass on to the homeless children we serve.

Thanks for your support!

November 1, 2010 at 10:49 am Leave a comment

Stuff-the-Stockings holiday event and family service project, Nov. 14

Youth volunteers enjoyed stuffing stockings for homeless children at our Stuff-the-Stockings Holiday event in December 2009.

Check out the stocking wish list here.

CHARLOTTE, NC –  Before you stuff your turkey, come stuff the stockings at our third annual holiday event and family service project on November 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Cornwell Center in Myers Park at 2001 Selwyn Avenue.

Every December at Birthday Blessings’ shelter parties, hundreds of homeless children are surprised with holiday stockings and winter wonderland bags stuffed with treats in lieu of our traditional party goodie bags. Last year, more than 300 stockings and holiday treat bags brought excitement and joy to needy kids in the greater Charlotte area. This December, we’ll need 400 for homeless children across the 14 facilities and programs that we now serve.

You bring the stuffers; we’ll provide the stockings!

(From left to right) Jen with MomsCharlotte and Kiran with Little Ones Magazine adorned balloon creations courtesy of Mister Twister.

Please join us at our very own Santa’s Workshop for an afternoon of holiday fun and a festive opportunity for your family to work together on behalf of homeless children during the holiday season of giving. Event festivities include our signature Stuff-the-Stockings family service project, a bounce house, arts and crafts, cookie decorating, holiday face painting, balloons, and fun activities to get your kids moving, as well as refreshments for both kids and adults.

Event sponsors include The Charlotte Observer/MomsCharlotte, Little Ones Magazine, the Cornwell CenterFamily Dollar, Your Event Source, BJ’s Wholesale Club,, KidzArt, Children’s Party Plus, and Mister Twister.

Check out the stocking wish list here.

October 3, 2010 at 11:00 am 1 comment

Silent auction items and volunteers needed for March 2011 gala

CHARLOTTE, NC – We are in the planning stages for our third annual fundraising gala planned for March 2011, and we need your help to make this another successful event! We are looking for energetic volunteers to be a part of our fun and fabulous event team and assist with the following:

  • Silent auction donations
  • Auction and event displays
  • Event logistics

Also, we are in search of the following items for the silent auction:

  • Wine-tasting basket
  • Cooking/baking basket
  • Pamper-yourself basket
  • Lego basket
  • Kids sports basket
  • Kids book basket
  • Movie night basket
  • Tickets to sporting games/events

If you have items you would like to donate or you are interested in sponsoring a basket, please drop them by the Birthday Blessings office at 200 Clanton Road in Charlotte or contact 2011 Gala Co-Chairs Marni Eisner at or Mandy Ravin at for pick-up. If you would like to serve as a volunteer to make this annual fundraising event a success, please drop Marni or Mandy an email.

Thanks for your support!

October 3, 2010 at 8:56 am Leave a comment

Retail partners needed

With a four-county service region and scores of individuals and groups supporting Birthday Blessings with gift and supply donations, we are in search of retail partners in Concord, Monroe, Fort Mill, and Rock Hill that can serve as  donation collection sites. If you own a retail business in one of these areas, please consider partnering with us!

Please contact us at if your business is interested.

Many thanks to our Charlotte retail partners for their continued support!   Learning Express (Charlotte and Huntersville), Toys & Co., Bedford Falls Toys and Books, and belly elan maternity boutique.

October 2, 2010 at 1:47 pm Leave a comment

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