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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!

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May 19, 2011 at 3:12 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

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

Help us give back-to-school blessings to homeless students

Did you know there are a record 3,237 identified homeless children enrolled in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools?

Through our Student Birthdays Program, we reach homeless students living in transient situations, such as cars, motels, and campgrounds.

Please donate $10 today!

Your generous donation will help provide:

  • Anonymous classroom parties for elementary school students
  • Party-In-A-Bag kits for middle school students
  • Gifts
  • Care essentials

Our Student Birthdays Program creates joy, boosts confidence, and supports basic needs for transient homeless students across our community.

Visit www.BirthdayBlessings.org to make your secure online donation.

Thank you for your support!

September 5, 2010 at 5:36 pm Leave a comment

Boosterthon Fun Run joins the party with Birthday Blessings to serve homeless campers

My Place campers enjoyed the party with the Boosterthon Fun Run team

CHARLOTTE, NC – On June 22, approximately 50 homeless elementary students enjoyed a Birthday Blessings summer party blowout at “My Place” day camp, with activities sponsored by the Boosterthon Fun Run Team, located in Charlotte, NC.

Each year during summer months, Birthday Blessings continues to serve CMS homeless students with its Student Birthdays Program by hosting parties at a day camp operated by nonprofit partner A Child’s Place.

Boosterthon Fun Run, a school fundraising company, partnered with Birthday Blessings to bring fun, fitness and a special message to homeless day campers at the Birthday Blessings celebration in June.  The company’s efforts were fueled by their outreach foundation, Change the World.  Currently, the Boosterthon Team serves 45 schools per year in Charlotte and the surrounding areas.

“Serving others is ingrained into the company culture of the Boosterthon Fun Run,” said Team Leader Rex Little. “We believe that partnering with Birthday Blessings is a tremendous opportunity for us to celebrate these wonderful children by creating an experience that will make each of them feel like the most important child on earth.”

Jonathan Settle (Boosterthon Fun Run Team Leader), Birthday Blessings youth volunteer Logan Springer, Rex Little (Team Leader), Kyle Scarbro (Experience Leader)

Said Birthday Blessings Volunteer Program Manager, Terri Springer: “The Boosterthon Fun Run Team was amazing.  They were so full of energy, and the kids had a really great time.”  Boosterthon team members led the campers in relay races, an obstacle course, a bungee rocket challenge, a dance party, and a character-building LAUNCH lesson.  “We let students know that leaders are Learners, Active, Uplifting, Not bullies, Courageous, and Helpers,” said Little.

The birthday guests of honor participated in a special “birthday shuffle” dance, while Birthday Blessings volunteers and Boosterthon team members served cupcakes, juice, and topped off the celebration with goodie bags for all of the children. One particular birthday boy was unaware of the childhood tradition of blowing out candles, a heartfelt reminder to all that so many homeless children have never celebrated their birthdays.

“After he blew out his candles, he was grinning from ear to ear,” said Springer.  “These birthday kids will never forget their special day.  The impact this event had on all of the children was priceless and truly was a blessing for all involved.”

Birthday Blessings’ Student Birthdays Program reaches approximately 300 transient homeless elementary and middle school students across CMS every year.  Students are identified in partnership with nonprofit A Child’s Place.

July 1, 2010 at 2:39 pm Leave a comment

Busy month for Student Birthdays Program

CHARLOTTE, NC – As another school year comes to a close, our Student Birthdays Program volunteers worked hard last month to prepare and deliver party packages for both May and June birthdays for homeless students across CMS elementary and middle schools.

“It was a busy month, and we were blessed to have so many hands on deck to help,” says Terri Springer, volunteer program manager.  “Just in May alone, we helped over 40 homeless students celebrate their birthdays.”

This summer, our Student Birthdays Program will still be in full swing as Terri and her team of volunteers host parties for homeless students attending a local day camp.  These parties are held onsite at the camp for approximately 50 children, and of course the birthday guests of honor are recognized and celebrated.  Party games, crafts, and other special activities will accompany the traditional birthday cupcakes and juice, along with goodie bags for all of the kids.

Says Terri, “It’s incredibly rewarding to know that so many children who are going through such hard times will have a day to just be kids and enjoy their time in the spotlight.  It means more to them than any of us can truly realize.”

For more information about our Student Birthdays Program and how you can get involved, visit us online.

June 3, 2010 at 6:12 pm Leave a comment


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