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Introducing PURPOSE PARTIES at The Giving Village!

Purpose Parties at Bright Blessings

Purpose Parties are service-focused celebrations held at Bright Blessings such as birthday parties, baby showers, or any type of special occasion group event.  

For a rental donation you will receive private use of The Giving Village, a Bright Blessings host, paper products and decorations, as well as prepared supplies for a service project that you and your guests can participate in. 
 
All attendees will also enjoy a visit to “Treat Street” to fill their own bags with favors. 
 
A Purpose Party at Bright Blessings is a unique and meaningful way to celebrate your occasion while also helping support homeless children. 
 
READ about our inaugural Purpose Party in The Charlotte Observer, and learn how birthday girl Libby celebrated her 9th birthday with friends at Bright Blessings!   CharlotteObserver-April17.2011
 
Birthdays… Baby Showers… Youth Groups…  Book Clubs… Team / Recreational Groups… Girl Scouts & Boy Scouts… Social / Civc Clubs… Any occasion and all ages!
 
CONTACT US at Parties@BrightBlessingsUSA.org  or call 704-846-2329 to inquire about scheduling your next celebration at Bright Blessings.
 
OR visit us online at www.BrightBlessingsUSA.org/Support for complete details.

 

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June 7, 2011 at 11:25 am 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

Local & national television media help spread the mission of Bright Blessings

STAY TUNED…  The mission and programs of Bright Blessings continues to spread to both local and national audiences!

NBC’s TODAY SHOW regular Sara Haines and producer Dana Roecker recently flew in from NYC to visit Bright Blessings and Charlotte Emergency Housing as they filmed and interviewed for a segment that will air on the TODAY SHOW at a date still to be announced.  Stay tuned for more information!

Mark your calendars or set your DVRs to record the Charlotte Today show, April 19, on local NBC affiliate WCNC-NewsChannel 36.  In February, reporter Davina Sutton spent time at the home of Bright Blessings founders Amy and John Cervantes and then filmed one of our Bless-A-Birthday parties in action at the YWCA.  Be sure to catch the show on April 19!

Local production company, Full Scale Productions, has recently been on site at Bright Blessings and at partner agency Florence Crittenton Services to capture the heart and impact of our Bless-A-Baby program.  This special video segment is for baby-care industry giant, Johnson & Johnson, and will air on the company’s Online Health Channel at a date to be announced.  More details soon!

March 26, 2011 at 10:42 am Leave a comment

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! 

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Children’s Party Plus

KidzArt

Suzi Skinny Cakes

Mad Science

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March 25, 2011 at 3:26 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

Matthews Chamber 10th Annual Taste & Trade Show

CHARLOTTE, NC  Bright Blessings will have a booth at the Matthews Chamber 10th Annual Taste & Trade Show on Thursday, March 24th from 3:00 – 7:00 pm at CPCC – Levine Campus in Matthews.  Come by and see us at Booth #31.

As part of its 10th Annual “Taste & Trade Business Show”, the Matthews Chamber of Commerce has added an author-speaker forum that will include Stacey Simms of NewsTalk 1110 WBT, Mary Elizabeth Murphy of S.T.A.R.
Resources and Fabi W. Preslar of SPARK Publications. The business showcase will take place on Thursday, March 24 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at the Central Piedmont Community College Levine Campus atrium located at 2800 Campus Ridge Road in Matthews.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is expected to draw 100 vendors and more than 2,000 people.

There will be a $2 charge to sample food from participating Matthews Chamber-member restaurants. Attendees can meet and speak directly with area business owners to learn more about the innovative new products and services being offered by Chamber-member companies across the greater Matthews area. The event is sponsored by Matthews Primary Care and the exhibit sponsor is Windstream Communications. For more information, contact the Matthews Chamber at 704-847-3649.

March 21, 2011 at 9:40 pm Leave a comment

Bright Blessings moves headquarters to Matthews, NC

CHARLOTTE, NC  On Monday, January 17, 2011, Bright Blessings hosted a ribbon cutting and kick-off event to commence the up fit process of its new facility located at 608-A Matthews Mint Hill Road, which is scheduled to open to the public on April 10, 2011.

Bright Blessings key partners, sponsors and volunteers, as well as community leaders and media were in attendance.

Bright Blessings is a volunteer-led nonprofit organization serving thousands of homeless children and families across the Greater Charlotte community. Plans for its new facility, The Giving Village, is a concept inspired by the organization’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 will be home to the nonprofit’s two main programs, Bless-A-Baby and Bless-A-Birthday, and its many 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 through artistic rendering in the form of a small town operated by its “villagers”—a community of volunteers.

As a volunteer-led organization that now serves over 2,000 homeless children and families across the Greater Charlotte region, this new facility goes to the heart of what Bright Blessings is all about: service to the community, by the community.  The Giving Village will offer visitors and volunteers an opportunity to not only help deliver Bright Blessings’ programs and services to children in need, but also learn how and where they can do even more for our community’s homeless.  With plans for an informative display of its partner agencies, Bright Blessings aims to help others learn about the rise in family homelessness and the many needs its agency partners have beyond what Bright Blessings helps fulfill. Together, we can all make a huge impact.

March 21, 2011 at 9:12 pm Leave a comment

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