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.

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March 21, 2011 at 9:12 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

Today Show’s Sara Haines visits Bright Blessings

CHARLOTTE, NC  Sara Haines with the Today Show made a visit to Bright Blessings!! She spent the afternoon with us at our new office as we prepared for a party and then headed over to a local shelter for a birthday party.  We had a fabulous dinner provided by the Ladies of Jack & Jill of America – Charlotte Chapter.  Then it was party time with our friends from FunkyTown Parties .  Sara and all our volunteers had a blast with the birthday kids and families dancing the night away.  Stay tuned for more details to watch our segment on the Today Show with Hoda and Kathie Lee.

March 21, 2011 at 7:49 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

Bless Their Hearts at Toys & Co. February 20th – 26th

CHARLOTTE, NC –  Toys & Co. in Cotswold Village Shops at 242 S. Sharon Amity Road is generously donating 20% of purchases made between February 20th – 26th to support the homeless children we serve with the programs of Bright 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 Bless Their Hearts at Bright Blessings when you make your purchase.  Thank you for your support!!

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 Bright Blessings.

Please help us spread the word!

February 11, 2011 at 6:16 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

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