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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

Bright Blessings’ 3rd Annual Celebrate the Children Soiree and Silent Auction

CHARLOTTE, NC  OH, WHAT A NIGHT!!!  Bright Blessings’ Celebrate the Children 3rdAnnual Soiree & Silent Auction was a huge success!  The event was held at The Speedway Club at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, March 5th.  The evening was filled with great food, guest speakers with touching stories, silent auction items and a victory lap candy bar.  The highlight of the evening was a live auction trip to New York that included a 3 night stay in an apartment on 5th Avenue, 2 airfare vouchers courtesy of AirTran and 2 tickets to a Broadway Show.  The event’s emcee, Larry Sprinkle from WCNC, had the crowd bidding back and forth with a final bid over $3,000.
A big thank you goes to our sponsors, auction donors, pastry partners, board members, volunteers, Pat Heiss and her staff at The Speedway Club and especially, our co-chairs for the event, Mandy Ravin and Marni Eisner.  Their dedication and hard work made the night a huge success.  The money raised will help support the programs of Bright Blessings and put smiles on hundreds of homeless children’s faces across the Charlotte region.

A special thank you to the following sponsors:

Cup Champion Sponsor:
Pole Sponsors:

Event Supporters:
Akropolis Cafe at Arboretum

Arboretum Pediatrics

Beard Conveyors & Automation

Family Dollar

David A. Hodson

Farris, Cooke & Associates 

Hendrick Honda

The Fun Bus

Laxer, Long, Savage DDS

Levine Children's Hospital

A special thanks to the NASCAR Foundation and Pionear for supporting the programs of Bright Blessings with major contributions to kick-off our 3rd annual Celebrate the Children event.

March 21, 2011 at 8:48 pm 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 customerservice@bellyelan.com 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

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

$10 will sponsor a homeless child’s Trim-A-Tree project

November 2010:  Every year during December shelter parties, Birthday Blessings brings both birthday and holiday cheer to the homeless children and families we serve. Party themes also help celebrate the season and include a very special activity for each child and family: our annual Trim-a-Tree project.

Most homeless families living in community shelters where privacy is scarce and financials are depleted, do not have an opportunity to create individual family keepsakes during the holidays. Birthday Blessings’ annual Trim-a-Tree project provides a memorable experience for homeless families, creating cheer and strengthening family bonds during times of hardship.

Social workers at the Salvation Army Center of Hope tell us that their large communal room — lined with little trees next to bunk beds and on dressers — remains lit with joy and hope even long after the holidays have passed.

This year we are supporting more homeless children than ever, and we’re reaching out to our supporters to help us continue our Trim-a-Tree project during December birthday celebrations. Will you help?

For just $10, you can sponsor one tabletop tree, plus a bag of miniature decorations for a homeless child’s Trim-a-Tree project. During December parties, children and parents spend time together decorating their trees.  You can make a secure donation online, or mail a check payable to Birthday Blessings to: 200 Clanton Road, Charlotte, NC, 28217.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated during this season of giving!

November 16, 2010 at 6:56 pm Leave a comment

Stuff the Stockings Wish List

CHARLOTTE, NC Birthday Blessings 3rd annual holiday event and family service project is only one week away.  Please join us on November 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Cornwell in Myers Park at 2001 Selwyn Avenue.

Please check this link for our Stuff the Stocking Wish List  http://www.birthdayblessings.org/Stuff-Stockings-WishList.pdf  Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you on Sunday, November 14th.

November 7, 2010 at 5:34 pm Leave a comment

“Gift, Give & Get” Ladies’ Night Out event at Nordstrom!

NORDSTROM and BELLA TUNNO Ladies’ Night Out

Holiday GIFT, GIVE & GET Shopping Event:  November 18, 6-9 PM.

Donate a new book or toy to benefit Birthday Blessings and be entered in Nordstrom and Bella Tunno’s SUPER SWANK raffle!  Let’s go shopping for a cause.
 
It’s a holiday shopping event like no other!  Raffles will be held throughout the evening for restaurant gift certificates, manicures, pedicures, Nordstrom and Bella Tunno gift certificates…. (Winner MUST be present to win and must have brought a book / toy to donate to be entered in the raffle)

*  Bella Tunno will DEBUT its brand new diaper bags and offer pre-order at the event.

*  The FIRST 50 people to spend $35 on Bella Tunno products receive a free ‘beauty bag’ 

*  FREE mini makeovers offered by NORDSTROM call 704.442.6000 to schedule.

*  FREE Monogramming & FREE gift wrapping on purchases

Come join the festivities and help support Birthday Blessings at this great event!

November 5, 2010 at 8:41 pm 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

Toys & Co to Donate 20% of purchases made between Nov. 7-13

CHARLOTTE, NC – Toys & Co. in Cotswold Village Shops at 242 S. Sharon Amity Road is generously donating 20% of purchases made between November 7 and 13 to support the homeless children we serve with the programs of Birthday 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 Birthday Blessings when you make your purchase.  Thank you for your support!!

Start a new family tradition this year that the entire family will enjoy, The Elf on the Shelf.  During the holiday season, the elf watches children by day and reports to Santa each night.  When children awake, the elf has returned from the North Pole and can be found hinding in a different place.

 Be sure to drop by Toys & Co. November 28th from 2pm – 4pm  for a book signing of The Elf on the Shelf.

Want to donate a toy or game to a homeless child? 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 Birthday Blessings.

 

November 4, 2010 at 5:31 pm 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, AllRecipes.com, KidzArt, Children’s Party Plus, and Mister Twister.

Check out the stocking wish list here.

October 3, 2010 at 11:00 am 1 comment

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