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Bright Blessings’ Grand Opening Event!


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


Suzi Skinny Cakes

Mad Science / The Charlotte Observer

March 25, 2011 at 3:26 pm Leave a comment

Bright Blessings featured on “What’s Cooking” show!

January 24, 2011 – Tune in to AllRecipes.TV this Thursday morning, January 27, and view the “What’s Cooking” webisode featuring Bright Blessings! 

The segment will tell the Bright Blessings story with scenes of volunteers at our facility preparing gifts and supplies, cake baking and decorating by loyal pastry partner Suzi Allora of Suzi Skinny Cakes, and see the smiling faces of children at Charlotte Emergency Housing during a Bright Blessings birthday celebration.  

Michael Ketchum, host of the “What’s Cooking” show, and his team were here in Charlotte last November to see first hand what Bright Blessings is all about and to film the scenes for this special webisode.  We are honored and excited to be featured on the tv channel.  Our thanks to Michael and everyone at AllRecipes for helping share the mission and programs of Bright Blessings with their viewers. 

Be sure to tune in this Thursday morning, January 27,  for the “What’s Cooking” show!

January 25, 2011 at 4:29 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

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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.   

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January 10, 2011 at 6:51 am Leave a comment

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


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

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

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

Halloween breakfast and storytime with Toot & Puddle, Oct. 23

CHARLOTTE, NC – Come enjoy a Halloween breakfast with Toot & Puddle and Birthday Blessings at Barnes & Noble – Morrison Place in SouthPark on October 23, starting at 10 a.m.

Kids, be sure to wear your Halloween costumes! Parents, be sure to bring your cameras! A special Halloween storytime will also follow at 11:00 am.

We hope to see you there!

October 1, 2010 at 1:40 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

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