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Birthday Blessings wins $10K Jimmie Johnson Samsung Helmet of Hope grant

CHARLOTTE, NC – Thanks to nominations from loyal supporters and media friends, Birthday Blessings has been awarded a $10,000 Helmet of Hope grant from the Jimmie Johnson Foundation. Its logo will appear on Johnson’s helmet, along with 12 other Samsung Helmet of Hope grant recipients from across the country at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA, in October during the Pepsi 400.

Read the press release here.

The Samsung Helmet of Hope program was launched in 2008 as a way to give fans and members of the media across the country the opportunity to nominate their favorite charity to be featured on Johnson’s helmet for the Pepsi 400 race. It began as a way for Johnson and his wife, Chandra, to give back to charities who are giving so much to the communities they serve — a way to help boost those nonprofits’ efforts and bring them recognition at a nationwide level.

This is the first year that the program is awarding its selected charities with a $10,000 grant, thanks to the Foundation’s partnership with Samsung Hope for Children Program, a corporate-giving program that aligns athletes and retail partners to help children learn, live, and thrive. Birthday Blessings is one of seven Charlotte-based charities among more than 30 nationwide that have received a spot on the Samsung Helmet of Hope since 2008.

Birthday Blessings volunteer Terri Springer's nomination got the attention of the Jimmie Johnson Foundation

“We are so excited and grateful to be selected as a grant recipient through the Helmet of Hope initiative. Not only do we feel blessed to receive this generous donation and be featured on Jimmie’s helmet, but we are equally grateful to the many caring and dedicated supporters who nominated Birthday Blessings. Our volunteers are truly the heart of all that we do,” said volunteer executive director/co-founder, Amy Cervantes.

While the Jimmie Johnson Foundation received many nominations for Birthday Blessings, it was Terri Springer’s that sealed the deal.

Said Springer: “I started volunteering in 2008, and since I began, my family has been part of it, too. Logan, my 10-year-old, loves to go and help. He helps at some parties and watched as one boy blew out his candles. The boy didn’t know how to do it because he had never had candles on his cake before. Logan was very touched by that, and hopes that all children can celebrate their birthdays. The organization not only provides smiles, but gives the children a moment of normalcy in a time when it isn’t normal.”

September 5, 2010 at 5:29 pm 1 comment

Birthday Blessings founders named Citizens of the Year

If you know John and Amy Cervantes, you know first-hand why they were honored by the Mint Hill Rotary Club as its Citizens of the Year.  All of us at Birthday Blessings couldn’t be prouder of this caring, enthusiastic couple!

John and Amy founded Birthday Blessings as a family service project at the Salvation Army Center of Hope in 2005 because they wanted to teach their children lessons in giving back to others. Soon, their family, friends and congregation hopped on their Birthday Blessings bandwagon, and today, their nonprofit serves 11 homeless facilities and over 30 schools every month!

Amy, our volunteer executive director, and John, who serves as the vice-chair on our board of directors, work tirelessly every day to forward our mission and reach more homeless children and families, in addition to parenting three busy boys.

So, we offer our congratulations to John and Amy, and we thank you for making such a lasting impact in our community.

June 4, 2010 at 1:44 pm Leave a comment

Birthday Blessings Affiliate Network plans spark interest across the U.S.

CHARLOTTE, NC – Our national expansion dreams are coming true!  Since the January 2010 and February 2010 articles in Women’s World Magazine and Reader’s Digest came out, we have received close to 200 out-of-state inquiries!  Yes, you heard us right!   So many enthusiastic people from around the country want to jump on the Birthday Blessings bandwagon and replicate what we’re doing in the greater Charlotte region, and that just makes our day.

We thank you for your patience in answering your questions, as we operate solely on the elbow grease of volunteers.  We at Birthday Blessings are overjoyed at the interest in spreading the birthday love across the United States.  We operate under the belief that every child deserves to be celebrated, regardless of their circumstances, and we’re happy that you do, too!

If you would like to get more information about becoming a member of the Birthday Blessings Affiliate Network, please email

February 12, 2010 at 1:05 am Leave a comment

Birthday Blessings volunteer executive director one of Charlotte Observer’s “Seven to Watch”

Volunteer executive director/co-founder of Birthday Blessings, Amy Cervantes

CHARLOTTE, NC – Our very own Amy Cervantes was the first local profiled in the Charlotte Observer’s annual “Seven to Watch” series.  As you can imagine, those of us who know Amy weren’t surprised, because we witness her good deeds in action daily!

Read the article here.

Thanks, in large part, to Amy’s big dreams and tireless work in the name of homeless children and families, now we have affiliate chapters in northeast Indiana, southwest Ohio, and Atlanta, Georgia!

December 27, 2009 at 6:33 pm Leave a comment

Birthday Blessings and Beyond blog on

MomsCharlotte.comCHARLOTTE, NC – Thanks to MomsCharlotte for debuting Birthday Blessings’ first blog in August 2009! Click here to take a sneak peak into the lives of Birthday Blessings’ volunteer staff.

There you will get volunteer executive director Amy Cervantes’ take on why she gives so much of her time to the homeless community, and learn why the Blessing Baskets program means so much to Charlotte philanthropist Heather Gibbs. We’ll give you a hint: To teach invaluable lessons about giving to their children.

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September 30, 2009 at 2:59 am Leave a comment

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