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  

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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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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1 person found this review helpful

It is a great organization that provides birthday bags to low income families with young children so they have a gift for their birthday. All children should have a special birthday and Cheerful Givers sees that they do.

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2012

 
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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.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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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

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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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11 people found this review helpful

Be the Star You Are!r charity has been donating books for the birthday bags for many years. Cheerful Givers is an excellent organization truly dedicated to helping kids have a happy birthday experience. It is a pleasure and honor to be part of this wonderful cause.

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

incredibly generous, talented, and giving. The Executive Director, Karen Kitchell, is a role model for leadership and authenticity. Karen cares.

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

give every child who lives in poverty a birthday bag on their special day, putting a smile on their face and a bounce in their step. Every child deserves to be recognized. These gifts are filled with confidence and increase self-esteem.

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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