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September 3, 2013

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September 3, 2013

Cheerful Givers is a heart-warming non-profit that makes such a tremendous difference to the lives of children. I can't think of any other group that can impact so many kids, and make it so easy to do so! The concept is simple - put together ten $1 items in a birthday bag and bring to a food shelf for a parent to bring home for their child. Brilliant!
I have donated to Cheerful Givers for years. One year my kids elected to have all their birthday gifts from their parties be designated to Cheerful Givers and we filled the birthday bags at their party. I have also included my colleagues in the efforts and coordinated birthday bag filling events at the office. Bags are filled with bubbles, markers, coloring books, candy, yo-yo's, stuffed animals etc. and everyone has fun contributing! Although ultimately the recipients are the kids, I can tell you the personal reward of supporting this organization feels amazing.

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

August 28, 2013

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August 28, 2013

I had been looking for a volunteer opportunity that I could do from home, so I researched virtual opportunities involving research on VolunteerMatch.org and found Cheerful Givers. I was touched by Cheerful Giver's purpose of giving each child an opportunity to celebrate their special day under circumstances where their family couldn't. My husband and I have always helped out with our church's food pantry but I had never really thought of helping to provide for needs beyond the basics of food and shelter. As an Inkind Donations Assistant I try to find websites of potential donors of items for the birthday bags. I'm very happy to have found an opportunity where I can combine my interest in research, volunteer from home (so I can spend more time with my newly-retired husband) and help bring a smile to these children on their birthday!

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

August 28, 2013

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August 28, 2013

As a homeschooling mother with tons of responsibilities at home, Cheerful Givers is often times something exciting in our family. We can help children at the same time giving us a chance to have fun! Cheerful Givers opens the opportunities for our family to personally give our time and become responsible individuals. My children love to help raise money for a birthday blitz as well as have the party and give from their hearts! There is so much that Cheerful Givers makes possible, and we are so thankful for this absolutely awesome charity!!!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand Cheerful Givers world wide!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

May 29, 2012

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1 previous review
May 5, 2010

Cheerful Givers has made my life presently. Karen Kitchel, President of Cheerful Givers never fails to thank each and every volunteer that helps Cheerful Givers. She has been a joy to work with throug... more

May 29, 2012

I have been volunteering with Cheerful Givers since Nov 2009 and after 2 years still continuing as a volunteer manager. I am happy to say that I am glad I found by chance on Volunteer Match and expressed interest. I joined Cheerful Givers at a time when I didn't know what I was doing in my life. Volunteering with Cheerful Givers changed my life and keeps me mentally happy and I feel good that I am helping for a cause. Flexible hours and in a virtual role kept my mind busy and I feel satisfied that I am useful to somebody in need.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

May 5, 2010

Cheerful Givers has made my life presently. Karen Kitchel, President of Cheerful Givers never fails to thank each and every volunteer that helps Cheerful Givers. She has been a joy to work with through the interaction of emails.

Every week, I dedicate around 10 hours of my time to
volunteer for Cheerful Givers in the role of a Virtual Volunteer Manager. My role includes a variety of tasks and exchanging several emails with Karen as well as volunteers. I also gather, maintain, and update information on our volunteers. The information I collect makes its way into the monthly newsletter and annual report.

I have volunteered in many organizations over the past 15 months. But my volunteer work at Cheerful Givers is the best so far I have felt and the most fun I have had giving back to the community!

Helping people, even if I may not get to meet them, gives me the mental satisfaction of knowing that I am making a difference in their life, even if in a small way, while working from my home.

The best part of Cheerful Givers is that one can volunteer from any part of the country.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many ways. I am mentally happier, confident, good leader and become a good writer.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

that Cheerful Givers holds atleast one of its events in the Bay Area.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

None.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Good leader, confidence, good writer, spreading positivity, etc...

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Happy and cheerful.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

May 21, 2012

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May 21, 2012

Wow, Cheerful GIvers has grown so much since I started volunteering in 2008! The mission is simply to give a happy birthday to as many less fortunate children as possible. Simple, yet SO important. Looking forward the future of CG!

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

May 21, 2012
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May 21, 2012
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I am the Founder and Chairman of the Board for Cheerful Givers. I started Cheerful Givers because I believed we could make a difference in the lives of less fortunate children and their families. When I created this organization, I never dreamed that we would help more than 500,000 children, that we would have so many volunteers and contributors, and that we would provide as much happiness to the givers as we were providing to the receivers. Cheerful Givers has taught me how to be a better person, how to give anonymously and unconditionally, and that one person’s idea can make a difference in the lives of everyone involved. Thank you to all the cheerful givers and cheerful receivers!!

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

May 15, 2012
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May 15, 2012
1 person found this review helpful

I began working with Cheerful Givers when my son was about to turn one. I couldn't imagine him not receiving even one special gift. As a matter of fact, I knew he would be showered with toys, clothes, books and other presents. It really spoke to my heart that there were people out there committed to spreading birthday joy to children whose parents have fallen on hard times. It's not that they didn't WANT to provide for their child, they just couldn't. Cheerful Givers is an amazing organization that works tirelessly EVERY day to assemble birthday gifts so that parents can ALSO experience the joy of GIVING a gift to their child. What an amazing ability!!!

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

May 12, 2012
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1 previous review
June 4, 2010

We started our group at my work place over 7 years ago. We have continued to make Birthday Bags quarterly, now. All of my co-workers who participate love to do it! they feel is a good way to volunt... more

May 12, 2012
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If you are looking for a very flexible non profit to volunteer for, Cheerful Givers is the one! I have been involved with the organization for roughly 8-9 years. I have been involved with various aspects of the organization from Board memeber for roughly 3 years, I make bags at my work place, I go to the volunteer Expo at the MOA to promote Cheerful Givers annually. To mention a few things. Take the time to think of not so fun or bad Birthday or having no party as a kid. Imagine now not beeing even acknowledged on your birthday! that is why I am part of Cheerful Givers. I know the bags we make go to parents to give their child (plus) Child is acknowledged on his/her Birthday (plus). I know & feel good about making the bag & contributing (plus). there is no way to go wroing!!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

June 4, 2010

We started our group at my work place over 7 years ago. We have continued to make Birthday Bags quarterly, now. All of my co-workers who participate love to do it! they feel is a good way to volunteer & help kids & families too! It does not take much time & we have a great time. As one of the folks that makes bags said "we can change the world one child at a time!" I fully agree. Thank you for reading these I hope you will donate or volunteer for Cheerful Givers.

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I have felt very good being able to work with Cheerful Givers. I feel is a great cause & everyone shopuld help!!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

change nothing!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

is fun & very easy to do!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Wonderfully fun folks, Ma Roscoe from channel 9 "The Buzz" Was very cool! to mention just a few folks.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make sure each & every child living in poverty would be acknowledged on their Birthdays!

Ways to make it better...

I could not have had a better experince.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

FUNDING!!! FUNDING!!!

One thing I'd also say is that...

Folks to Volunteer or Donate, you can not go wrong is a great organization!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 11, 2012
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May 11, 2012
1 person found this review helpful

Being involved in Cheerful Givers has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. It is such a worthy cause and the impact is so direct. I look forward to continue working closely with them in the future.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

May 11, 2012
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May 11, 2012
1 person found this review helpful

Even as an adult, I still enjoy my special day! So, when I read about Cheerful Givers and considered the children who may not feel "special" on their special day, I felt like I had to get involved. Over the past year and a half I have become involved personally as well as assisting my company in their involvement. Everyone has a great time filling birthday bags and the more we fill, the more we want to fill!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Purchase a variety of small new toys and gift bags, assemble them into the birthday bags and donate them to a shelter or food shelf in their own community. Then contact karen@cheerfulgivers.org to let us know how many bags were filled and where they were donated. Volunteer