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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

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

Love Week 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC  Thank you to all the volunteers that supported Bright Blessings during Love Week 2011.  We had close to 200 volunteers in 6 days to help unpack, sort and organize our new facility.  There were also children and youth helping wrap gifts, fill goody bags and make candy necklaces for the hundreds of children we serve every month.

Elevation Church had a goal of 25,000 hours of service during Love Week 2011.  With the help of more than 25 churches from all over Charlotte they exceeded their goal with over 34,000 hours of service!  Isn’t that amazing!

What a blessing all the volunteers were to so many organizations in Charlotte.  Love Week 2011 impacted thousands of lives around Charlotte from collecting shoes, prepared meals, cleaning up parks, of course helping out at Bright Blessings and much more across the city.

If you see anyone wearing a LOVE WEEK T-shirt around Charlotte, please be sure to THANK them for their service during Love Week 2011 and ask how you can get involved next year!  www.loveweekcharlotte.com

Thanks again Elevators for everything you do for Bright Blessings!  You Rock!!

March 21, 2011 at 6:35 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 contact@brightblessingsusa.org or call (704)846-BDAY!

March 14, 2011 at 5:22 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

Children at Salvation Army Center of Hope benefits from BAAERN’s Birthday Blessings/Toolbox 4 Education drive

Members of BAAERN (from left to right): Ebony Stubbs, Darlene Paschall, Greta Williams, Denae' Brown, and Nina Chenault

CHARLOTTE, NC – Wachovia’s Black/African-American Employee Resource Network (BAAERN) really knocked our socks off this month.  In addition to volunteering at our August party at the Salvation Army Center of Hope, this generous group collected 8,300 school supply items for their Birthday Blessings/Toolbox 4 Education donation drive.

The group collected such an abundance of school supplies, not only were they able to supply the 100 children living at the Salvation Army Center of Hope with back-to-school items, they were also able to give to four other organizations as well!

Said BAAERN committee chairperson, Denae’ Brown: “It brings me to tears each time when I see the room stacked with supplies that we need to sort for all the children. Despite the economic challenges going on in this day and time, people still give and are so willing and enthusiastic about giving as well … We are so thankful for being able to bring joy into someone’s life. “

In addition to coming to our office to help us organize and shelve donations, on August 17, six of BAAERN’s members set off for the second year in a row to help volunteer at our Back-to-School Birthday Bash for children living at the Salvation Army Center of Hope.

BAAERN gifted every child a jumbo bag filled with binders, folders, composition books, spiral notebooks, glue sticks, pencils, pens, markers, colored pencils, a dictionary, a calculator, and a ruler to complement the goodie bags, new books, and candy necklaces provided by Birthday Blessings.

Long-time Birthday Blessings partner, The Fun Bus, joined the festivities so the children could burn off some energy, after they enjoyed birthday cake and cupcakes in celebration of all the August birthdays. The children also enjoyed personalizing and decorating their very own journals and bookmarks.

Said Brown: “There was a mom there who had two children and one on the way. I had an opportunity to hand her daughter the toys that she received for her birthday, and the mom was overwhelmed with gratitude. It’s amazing to think that what some of us take for granted, for someone else is such a joy and such a blessing. I was glad to be able to witness that.”

BAAERN plans to continue making this Birthday Blessings party an annual event for their group, and for that, we are so thankful!

September 5, 2010 at 5:15 pm Leave a comment

Youth from Christlife Church serve two days with Birthday Blessings

CHARLOTTE, NC – The youth group and their leaders from Christlife Church recently spent two days helping us organize our Gift of Literacy Library and overflow storage room, and they did a bang-up job stuffing and organizing goodie bags for us to share with the children living at the 14 shelters and facilities we currently serve. We are so thankful for their help and also for their generous donation of party favors!

Not only did they spend two days at our offices, they also adopted a shelter party at Charlotte Emergency Housing. This ambitious group of worker bees dressed up as clowns and entertained the children with face painting and showing off their juggling skills, amidst birthday activities and bounce house fun provided by Your Event Source, one of Birthday Blessings’ loyal Program Support Partners.

The youth enlisted their congregation in preparing a meal of chicken, salad, and veggies to kick off the celebration that followed.  Birthdays were joyfully recognized, gifts were opened with great anticipation, and candles were extinguished as a crowd of voices sang.  It was an exciting evening for everyone!

But that’s not all! Through their congregational donation drive through Samaritan’s Feet, the group treated each and every child and adult living at Charlotte Emergency Housing to a new pair of shoes. What a blessing!

“It was definitely a successful event due to the numerous hands and hearts that came together to support Birthday Blessings. It was a memorable two days for us at Birthday Blessings, for the Christlike youth group, and for all the individuals at Charlotte Emergency Housing,” said Torie Jacobitz, three-year veteran volunteer for Birthday Blessings, who was instrumental in connecting this giving church group with our organization.

So thanks, Christlike youth, for sharing your talents, your time, and your service!

September 5, 2010 at 5:06 pm Leave a comment

Philadelphia Presbyterian Church middle-schoolers volunteer at Birthday Blessings

CHARLOTTE, NC – On Tuesday, July 13, sixteen middle-schoolers from Philadelphia Presbyterian Church in Mint Hill embarked on their second annual M3 (Middle School Mission Madness) Retreat. With a slogan of  “It’s who we are. It’s what we do,” their goal was to serve as much as they could for the entire day.

As part of a full day of service — from sun up to sun down — the group’s day began with cleaning projects at their own church, followed by baking and bagging 400 brownies which they later served to the homeless while volunteering during lunch at the Urban Ministry Center.

Their final stop was at Birthday Blessings, for an afternoon of projects that included making favor bags, candy necklaces, and filling Blessing Bags with blankets and care essentials for children just like them, who just happened to be homeless.

When their parents picked them up after a full day of working hard, the group was tired, but excited about what they had accomplished and the difference they had made in a hurting world.

This was the second annual M3 summer mission project at Birthday Blessings, and we were grateful once again for their smiling faces, helping hands, and caring hearts. To each one of you, thanks for making a difference!

July 30, 2010 at 9:07 pm Leave a comment

June 13 Hebrew National Better-Than-A-Picnic Picnic brings awareness to Birthday Blessings

Fabulous mommy bloggers! Photo courtesy of Bella Photography

CHARLOTTE, NC – We would like to offer our many thanks to TheMotherhood.com and Hebrew National for organizing the June 13 Better-Than-A-Picnic Picnic at Freedom Park. The aim of this picnic was to unite local residents for a day of activities, celebrating family and being outdoors—all while benefiting the local community. Hebrew National has been hosting picnics across the country, and Birthday Blessings was blessed to have been the charity of choice for Charlotte!

We are incredibly grateful to the local bloggers, (Rebecca from Letters From Crazyville, Maricris from Zen MamaVentures, Brittany from Mommy Words, and Julie from Mommie Cooks) who helped get the word out about Birthday Blessings. These fabulous mommy bloggers set up a birthday card station so picnic-goers could create original works of art to gift to the children we serve. They also collected tons of news toys, all of which will make it into the hands of homeless birthday children across the greater Charlotte area.

Loving the Hebrew National hotdogs! Photo courtesy of Bella Photography

Despite the blazing heat, everyone had a great time and enjoyed delicious food provided by Hebrew National. There was even a mechanical bull, and music was provided courtesy of Kat Kountry 96.9 FM.  WSOC, News Channel 14, and WBTV even came out to capture all the fun.

Thanks to our volunteers, photographer Alison Koss of Bella Photography, and to the public who braved the heat!  We are so grateful for your support.

July 2, 2010 at 4:23 pm Leave a comment

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