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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EIN 41-1774632
651-226-8738
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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

1 person found this review helpful

Cheerful Givers embodies the imperative values of generosity, thoughtfulness, and kindness in its mission to make sure that children are remembered on their birthdays. I have had the privilege of collaborating with their enormously talented and dedicated President, Karen Kitchell, for several years, a woman who cares deeply about her volunteers and organization. Cheerful Givers is a first class charity and I am grateful for all that I have learned from their example of giving.
Cynthia Brian,
Executive Director of Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3

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Thanks so much, Cynthia, for sharing your thoughts and tremendous support of Cheerful Givers!

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It has been an honor to watch the growth of Cheerful Givers over the years under the expert guidance of President Karen Kitchell. The dedication to giving children a very happy birthday goes above and beyond greatness. Cheerful Givers is my role model for how a charity needs to function.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Cheerful Givers is a wonderful organization. They make it happen! Cheerful Givers staff and volunteers are personable and professional - they encourage and motivate companies and individuals to get involved: pack birthday bags, do a drive to gather crayons or books, provide a space for a packing event, deliver bags to food shelves - and more!

I have been present when a child has opened their birthday gift bag - it is wonderful. The child's smile is eclipsed only by the parents', as they are grateful they have a lovely, cheery, fun gift for their child this birthday.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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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.

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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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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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