CHEERFUL GIVERS

Rating: 4.95 stars   60 reviews

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Location: 1287 Berry Ridge Road Eagan MN 55123 USA

Mission: We believe birthday celebrations instill self-esteem and strengthen family bonds. We empower economically disadvantaged families by offering toy-filled gift bags as a means of celebrating their child''s birthday.
Results: Since we began in 1994, we have provided toy-filled birthday gift bags to more than 800,000 less fortunate children, but the need to do more is great!
Target demographics: We serve economically disadvantaged children between the ages of 3-12.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 154,400 children received birthday bags in 2013
Programs: We address an unmet need which allows economically disadvantaged parents a way to recognize their child's birthday with a gift. Toy-filled birthday gift bags are assembled by thousands of volunteers (including teens with disabilities and the elderly) and are distributed at shelters and food shelves so that less fortunate parents can give their child a birthday gift.
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The Cheerful Givers mission is so simple, yet so powerful -- to provide a child with a birthday gift on their one special day, to make that child feel special and valued no matter their current circumstances. And I love that it allows parents the dignity to choose a gift they can feel proud to give. When I tell people about Cheerful Givers, they get it. It inspires people to get involved. I'll continue to donate, volunteer as I can, and share their mission and story whenever I can.

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been working with Karen for a few years now, donating my goods/services for children's gift bags and gifts for their volunteers. They are a wonderful group of people making a difference in children's lives, and so happy to be apart of helping them when I can. Recognizing children's birthdays when they would otherwise go unnoticed can make such a difference in a child's life. Keep up the good work Cheerful Givers..our children out there need you!

Was your donation impactful?

Likely

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?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been working with Karen & Cheerful givers for a few years now. Althoughmy time is limited with what I can do, i normally donate goods for some bday bags and donate gifts to recognize their volunteers.

This is such a wonderful, caring, hardworking organization that I am proud to help out. Many children these days do not have it easy and cheerful givers is often the bright spot in their lives.

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

my communication with Karen; she is truly a wonderful person making a difference EVERY DAY!

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

i wish I Had more time to be involved.

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?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I love cheerful givers!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 4 stars  

I have been volunteering for Cheerful Givers for 3 years. If you want to support an organization that uses every dollar given wisely and for the good of the children served, Cheerful Givers is to organization to support. I keep track of the mailing list for Cheerful Givers and I can tell you that people from all over the country support this organization in big and small ways through hours of volunteer work, financial contributions and in-kind donations. I feel great about being a part of this organization.

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

NA

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

NA

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Cheerful Givers is a charity that everyone needs to support. President Karen Kitchel manages the organization with vision, compassion, and energetic involvement. For many years, the charity I founded, Be the Star You Are!® has donated books to the birthday bags. When we see the delight on the children's faces when they receive their gifts, we only wish we could help out with much more. Cheerful Giver's deserves to be recognized for the support and empowerment they give to the moms, caregivers, and of course, the children.

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

Since the time that we have been involved, we have watched Cheerful Givers grow while making a solid impact on the happiness factor.

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

Cheerful Givers, like most non profit service agencies needs increased financial support. If Karen lived in California, she is the President i would want for Be the Star You Aree!®. She is a dynamo and will make sure that Cheerful Givers keeps giving smiles.

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Rating: 5 stars  

first discovered Cheerful Givers 11 months ago on Volunteer Match. Almost instantly, I was drawn to the unique mission of Cheerful Givers. I jumped on the opportunity to “blend technology with altruism… to be able to touch the lives of thousands of people.” “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. Since Nov 2009 I have been volunteering in the role of a virtual Volunteer Manager. I was very happy to find something to my satisfaction. The best part was I could work from home where a computer and internet connection were the only requirements. I am mentally happy since I started volunteering with Cheerful Givers because I interact with several volunteers daily & it keeps me occupied since I am a home-maker. So this was a perfect opportunity for me to help Cheerful Givers in a virtual role. The best part of this organization is, even though it is located in Minnesota, anybody can volunteer from any part of the country by being a part of Cheerful Givers. This is a great organization to volunteer with and am sure you will enjoy helping Cheerful Givers just for a day.

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

my life in many ways. I have become more confident, fearless in writing which was one of my weak points, contribution of certain data from my end makes its way into the monthly newsletter and annual report, gaining knowledge and so on.

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

hope Cheerful Givers was located in CA so I could participate on certain occasions in the activities of Cheerful Givers like the big birthday event that happens every year in March or fund-raisers or toy drives and so on.

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?

Hold an event in SFO, CA and I could be in charge of that event. That would improve my leadership quality.

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

Confidence, overall perspective to life, importance of poverty, simple living, a good leader, a good persuader, creative in my other hobbies like cooking and exercising, good speaker, and so on.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Happy, Cheerful as the name suggests and a delightful experience.

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I have served as the Puget Sound Coordinator for 5.5 years. I have been consistently impressed by the leaders' responsiveness, resourcefulness, dedication, and innovation. I have no doubt this organization brings smiles and lasting memories to parents and their children at a time when they need them most.

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

Kids get to receive a gift on their birthday, which wouldn't necessarily be a given without Cheerful Givers. Parents get to experience the joy of being able to provide a gift to their children. Volunteers of all ages get to learn that giving can be fun!

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

None!

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?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I started working with Cheerful givers after i read about them in people magazine. I love parties, party favors, gifts, etc. so this was right up my alley. I've been working with Karen ever since. They are a wonderful organization run by so many dedicated individuals. Im always happy to help them in any way I can.

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

reading the newsletters and seeing smiles on the kids faces; seeing that my donations get put to use. I also organized a birthday bag blitz at work and my coworkers loved doing something good. It made everyone feel like they were making a difference.

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

working with Karen and her level of dedication to children.

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

give gifts to every kid in the US and make such a difference in their lives!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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7 people found this review helpful

I began volunteering my time with Cheerful Givers in October of 2009, and continued to work with the charity until the the annual Birthday Party took place in March of 2010. As a recent college graduate, it was a joy to be able to volunteer for a organization with a great mission as well as connect with new people and a new community. I plan on continuing to volunteer with Cheerful Givers well into the future.

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

I have personally experienced the results of being a part of planning the annual Birthday Party from start to finish, allowing me to truly see the benefit in the community this organization has to offer.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I have been aware of Cheerful Givers for numerous years. They are very important to our local shelters. They also allow volunteerism to be experienced by young and old. They are always CHEERFUL!

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

observing their actions throughout the local community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

I've been volunteering with Cheerful Givers for a few years now, and it's been one of the funnest and most rewarding experiences I've had. Their mission is unique, and it's something that drew me to them in the first place. I always loved my birthday, so why not try and help other people love theirs as well? Creating birthday bags for underprivileged children has been an experience that has been both fun and unifying. It's helped (and continues to) bring people together for a fun time, all while doing something great for the community. A lot of organizations' focus revolves around Christmas and making sure children have present on that one day of the year. And while that's terrific, children also have birthdays everyday, and it's something that is overlooked by many charity organizations. But for children, it's that one day of the year that's all about them; it's their day. And Cheerful Givers strives to make their day a special one, to bring a smile to every child on his or her birthday.

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

being able to see some of the letters from parents who received birthday gifts to give to their child.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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