CHEERFUL GIVERS

Rating: 4.96 stars   69 reviews

Issues: Human Services

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 900,000 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: 179,000 children received birthday bags in 2014
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  

1 person found this review helpful

This is one of the great grassroots non-profits. When I think about what it means to roll-up your sleeves and serve a need that moves you, founder Robin provides this inspiration to all. Cheerful Givers serves one of the many support systems needed to provide families a pathway to growth by experiencing and participating in one of our most basic forms of generosity, gift-giving. It's easy to explain and involve my whole family including my 4 and 2 year old children. I'm proud to be a board member for this great organization!

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Cheerful Givers offers birthday gifts from the heart … to the heart
As a Cheerful Givers volunteer and Board member for several years, I have been touched by the generous contributions of children and adults as they share time and treasure to provide birthday bags for children in our community who are less fortunate. Cheerful Givers is a unique organization that offers each of us the opportunity to bring a smile to the heart of a child. In fact, Cheerful Givers brought smiles and the joy of being “remembered” to over 179,000 Minnesota children in 2014 and will meet or exceed that goal this year. New volunteers are most welcome and donations are essential. There is a tangible excitement as students, employees, and community groups begin the process of assembling from 50 to 3,000 birthday bags at a single event, with books and toys, knowing that each gift bag will lift the spirits of a child. Parents who receive the birthday bags through food shelves or shelters often have tears of gratitude for the chance to surprise their child with a real gift. Children who receive the birthday bags from their family are reminded that they matter. What an honor it has been to participate in giving a birthday bag from my heart … to the heart of a parent … knowing it will touch the heart of their child.

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Cheerful Givers is reaching more hearts than ever! With almost 1 million happy birthdays to-date, Cheerful Givers is serving more communities in need. We're pushing harder than ever. Food shelves and homeless shelters continue to seek birthday gifts for children and families. Therefore, we need your help to meet these needs. Thanks to everyone who's reached out to Cheerful Givers!

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I've enjoyed every minute on the board. Always moving forward and looking for new opportunities and partnerships to spread the message. I've really come to realize that the gift of self-esteem is priceless. Who can deny giving birthday gifts to parents and children in need?

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

Keep growing so we can eradicate the problem of poverty

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?

2014

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There are so many reasons to love Cheerful Givers. A birthday gift is simply a vehicle to increase self-esteem in kids AND parents. It's a little boost that makes a big difference in lives.

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

Get the word out to more people!

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?

2013

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2 people found this review helpful

I have been a Cheerful Givers volunteer, board member, and advocate for many years now. I remain inspired and humbled by the work they do to enable parents living in poverty to give their children birthday gifts. I have assembled bags with my own children and, through that experience, been able to teach them about the power of giving. The number of children served grows each year, as does their need for volunteers, donations, and support. I'm proud to continue my support of Cheerful Givers and invite you to do the same.

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I am so proud to be involved with an organization that truly is "the real deal." They pride themselves in making sure that every possible penny raised goes in those toy and joy filled bags. When they meet their goals, they raise their expectations. And because of that, the number of happy birthdays has increased each year. That is GETTING IT DONE! I love their motivation and true desire to help!

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

get them more volunteers and donations so they could reach even more children

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?

2013

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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!!

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

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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!!!

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

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