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May 10, 2010

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May 10, 2010

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.

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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.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 9, 2010

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May 9, 2010

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!

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

observing their actions throughout the local community.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 8, 2010

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May 8, 2010

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.

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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.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 7, 2010

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May 7, 2010

From the minute I started volunteering with Cheerful Givers, I knew I was helping make the difference. Some people may over look our organization because of its size, but Cheerful Givers is changing lives and helping children understand that they ARE special and loved! What I am most amazed at with CG is the determination of our president, Karen Kitchel, and the rest of the staff which is 99% volunteers!

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

making kids understand that they are special and helping them grow up knowing they are loved!

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

get more volunteers! we can never have enough!

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

being able to give back to a greater cause.

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

AMAZING! Everyone here wants to make a difference and is willing to work together as a team with strangers every day.

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

expand our services and bring children birthdays all across the US!

Ways to make it better...

i had more time to volunteer. there are never enough hours in the day.

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

helping people understand that the emotions of a child are just as important as keeping them healthy and well fed.

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

this is a great organization to get involved with!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 7, 2010

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May 7, 2010

“Cheerful Givers!“, It says it in the name-People who are pumped up about giving their time and support for the underprivileged. When I first started with Cheerful Giver's I instantly felt welcomed and important to the cause. Karen Kitchel does an excellent job in making you feel like you CAN make a difference, and making difference we did! At the

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

helping out with the Great MN Birthday PArty.

Ways to make it better...

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

Nothing at this moment.

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

The people I have worked with and the reason for the cause...the KIDS!

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

Excellent! Everyone is just as dedicated and excited to help.

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

Expand to other states and help kids in other states.

Ways to make it better...

My committee was larger and stronger. But overall the people we did have were so dedicated to the end result.

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

They are not a "big name" like some of the others (ie. Susan G. Komen, etc). So may have less of an awareness for people donating.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

May 7, 2010

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May 7, 2010

I have served in two volunteer positions and participated in a couple birthday blitz. The groups dedication and compassion to their mission is impressive!

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

participating in volunteer opportunities

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

flexible volunteer schedule allows me to make a maximum impact

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

dedicated and knowledgable

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 7, 2010

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May 7, 2010

I have been volunteering with Cheerful Givers for about a year. I work closely with Karen, Cheerful Givers' president, to help raise awareness of all the great work being done by Cheerful Givers volunteers to reach out to under privileged kids. I'm so impressed by the warm-hearted support of those who believe everyone should have a Happy Birthday. My job is to help share these stories by reaching out to the media. We're hoping to inspire others to get involved and help us continue putting smiles on deserving little faces.

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

Being connected to an organization that is laser-focused on doing one simple thing that does so much for vulnerable little souls.

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

Make a whole lot of birthday bags!!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 6, 2010

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May 6, 2010

I have volunteered for Cheerful Givers in a variety of roles over the past 4 years. Each year I participate in the Great American Birthday party, our big funraiser at the Mall of America. I have coordinated birthday bag assembly at various organizations. I have donated to raise money for presents in these birthday bags. I have collected books from the Volunteers of America and transported them to the school for the disabled. This school assembles birthday bags as a means of teching the disabled what it is like to do assembly work. I have spoken before companies who migh want to sponsor a projct of birthday bag assembley. I believe in this project, and I have chosen it as my primary charity becuse of all the good work that I have observed.

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

volunteering for birthday bag assemblies at various organizations. I have observed how good completing assembly makes other volunteers feel. I have used birthday bag assemblies for baby showers and birthdays within my own family.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 5, 2010

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May 5, 2010

Cheerful Givers is an incredible organization, that does amazing things for the surrounding community. Karen is an excellent representative and can clearly and beautifully articulate Cheerful Giver's mission. She is a stand up leader that is focused on making a difference in the lives of children.

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

hearing the stories of the children and parents whose lives the organization has touched.

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

Do nothing

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

Knowing that I'm truly making a difference in the lives of children.

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

Outstanding

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

Change the lives of countless children.

Ways to make it better...

Can't think of anything that could have been better, maybe if I personally had more time to give.

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

Funding Issues

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

I couldn't have been happier with the time I have spent volunteering for Cheerful Givers.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 5, 2010

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May 5, 2010

I volunteer at a local food shelf in the community that serves many families with not only food but also many household items. The food shelf is set up to try to meet special requests the families may have. Very recently, a young mother indicated that in two days she was celebrating her little daughter's birthday and wished she had something to give. It was because of Cheerful Givers, I was able to let her know that a birthday bag was indeed available. She was so filled with joy! She left the food shelf grinning from ear to ear. I am grateful I was able to be a part of her joy - thank you Cheerful Givers! C. Hahn

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

I enjoy working with the staff and the volunteers

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

extremely friendly

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

Give birthday gifts to millions of children.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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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