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Causes: Emergency Assistance, Gift Distribution, Human Services

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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71 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Cheerful Givers not only makes a difference for those who are the recipients of the "Birthday Bags", but also those individuals and groups that give of their time and energy in putting together these special bags. I have been impressed with how Cheerful Givers has invited individuals with special-needs to participate in filling the Birthday Bags (usually as part of their school program and/or job training). For many of these individuals, filling the Birthday Bags is their first success in learning important job skills - and life skills as well. I have watched my young adult son, who has Autism, develop self-confidence and self-determination by taking on the responsibility of organizing and filling the Birthday Bags. He absolutely loves Cheerful Givers and is so proud of being a part of helping others. With great enthusiasm my son will say to me "Cheerful Givers is Jordan's job!" His involvement in Cheerful Givers has given him a real sense of accomplishment and has provided important job skills. Cheerful Givers touches the lives of both those who receive and those who participate as the Giver. As my son likes to say, "I love Cheerful Givers!" And his mom does too...!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great cause with a great leader (Karen) to facilitate the project. Easy for groups to gather and pack birthday bags for less fortunate children. Not sure about small groups, but for big groups they can bring a packing event to you! Particularly like that this is a dual purpose charity - supports both those with mental disabilities in the charity work and children in poverty as recipients of birthday gifts. Would recommend to all event coordinators.

2 kzieg06

Donor

Rating: 5

A great organization that knows how to make a substantial impact in the community serving children.

1 Luke10

Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

1 vlk2094

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cheerful Givers has been a big part my life now for almost 10 years! I have worked at different levels for the non profit. I have been on the Board of directors for 4-5 years. I was on an advisory board for about 3 years since I work for a large corporation. I have made hundreds of birthday bags in my work place. I have done a Volunteer expo on the behalf of Cheerful Givers to round up volunteers for at least 4-5 years. Cheerful givers is an awesome organization to work with as a volunteer you can be very flexible doing as many or little amount of volunteer hours you would like. Not to mention the organization as a whole to make it possible for parents in proverty the ability to celebrate their childs life. a very important thing, as we are all important! Right now there are kids that do not know that, since mom & dad are not able to do do so. is a very sad fact, each kid should know they are important!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been with Cheerful Givers for over 10 years. my experience starts like this. I work at Ecolab & we had one bag making event. I had not heard of anymore so I contacted our community giving folks. They asked if I would like to lead the group to do more events. I said yes. Doing that for six months or so I was asked by Cheerful Givers to participate in an advisory group for corp groups. we discussed how each of us did things, shared ideas on new ways etc. I was with that group for I am not sure how long then was invited to be a board member. I agreed to join the board & was voted in. Was a fun experience I learned alot about being on a board & was able to add my point of view. I was a single mom & had used oportunities like Cheerful Givers for my daughter. I did have to leave the board due to a family event that came up, but I still am involved, some at work & pick up toys monthly to go to the sponsored group CG's has. I also do many volunteer events like the Volunteer Expo each year at the MOA & the yearly MN Birthday party again at the MOA. I like CG's as it is a flexible organization you can volunteer as much or little you are able to. Cheerful Givers may not save lives, but can change the world "One child at a time!" Take the time & check it out you can not go wrong! There are many kids who do not know they have a birthday, due to their parents not being able to help celebrate that day. Each of us should be acknowledged on our Birthday! It makes us unique & special! Again check out Cheerful Givers!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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?

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cheerful Givers is a wonderful organization focused on building children's self esteem and strengthening families. Everyone wants and has a right to feel special!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Even as an adult, I still enjoy my special day! So, when I read about Cheerful Givers and considered the children who may not feel "special" on their special day, I felt like I had to get involved. Over the past year and a half I have become involved personally as well as assisting my company in their involvement. Everyone has a great time filling birthday bags and the more we fill, the more we want to fill!

4 Nirmala I.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I discovered Cheerful Givers in 2009 and there has been no looking back for me since then. I remember as a child in India, from the age of 1 till I was 14, my mother always celebrated my birthday every year by organizing a birthday party, inviting family members and close friends from around the neighborhood, playing games and having fun. I still recollect the joy on my face when I received birthday presents from my friends and family.

In India, I never heard of such an organization like Cheerful Givers since it is is unique and special for kids who don't get to celebrate their birthdays. Cheerful Givers helps parents living in poverty give their child a gift on their birthday and bringing a smile on their innocent little faces.

I believe in the cause of Cheerful Givers by lending my support in whatever manner possible and proud to be their Volunteer Manager for almost 6 years. Thank you Cheerful Givers ! You are definitely the BEST! There are so many virtual opportunities so please get involved with them today, and you will be so glad that you did!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

3 Esperanza G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cheerful Givers is one of the best charities for children and families. As a parent we all know that our children love to get special birthday presents. Yet for many Americans just barely making ends meet, it is sometimes just a plain old luxury to have a gift for your child on their birthday. With this a reality for so many families today, Cheerful Givers is an excellent alternative for a needy child and family. More people should get involved with this awesome charity, they are definitely angels! Not only do they bring smiles to children but parents as well. They help to draw American families back to wholesomeness and pure love! I really enjoy attending to my volunteer duties with Cheerful Givers, they have made a difference in so many lives including my own! Thank you Cheerful Givers you guys are definitely the BEST! Volunteer opportunities consist of virtual volunteers and so much more! Get involved with them today, you will be so happy that you did!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cheerful Givers is one of the most down to earth charities that I have ever volunteered with. The staff are over and above nice and they are always available to chat or give advice for future promotions. Cheerful Givers is the best place to volunteer for, no matter what the others tell you, they obviously can not compete with Cheerful Givers. Why? Because Cheerful Givers is for children right here in America that are struggling to have a happy birthday. Children that may be living in a domestic violence shelter or children that may be dependent upon a food bank to eat every month. These kids need us more than anything and by giving just a small amount of time weekly or monthly you can help children in poverty have a chance at having a real birthday present on their birthday. Not only that but you can even have your very own birthday blitz and pick out the items that you are interested in donating to children. You can get your place of business involved and each person can do something to help. This is what Cheerful Givers is all about, the Kids! I am so glad that I found them!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have now virtually volunteered for two years for cheerfulgivers.org as a Donations Researcher Assistant and I am so happy I found this non-profit. Thanks to Karen and so many volunteers, this is the most organized place I have ever volunteered at! Plus I am making a difference in so many children's and parents lives.

Finally, what I like is Karen actually Thanks You for e-mailing lists of websites to her, and she appreciates her volunteers, and you get featured in a newsletter and so much more.

1 Jodi28

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer for Cheerful Givers for 3 years. Their mission is so simple, yet has so much impact. They are truly touching the lives of children in need, whose families aren't able to give them gifts on their birthdays. I love that Cheerful Givers supports these families by helping parents give their children happy memories on their special day. This small act of giving means so much to children living in shelters, and it can make such a positive influence on their self-esteem. I'm so happy that I found Cheerful Givers, a nonprofit with an humble mission that touches lives every day.

1 Be the Star You Are!®

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

2 Mykl R.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have voluntered with Cheerful Givers for a few years. It is a wonderful organization that spends funds wisely and serves a significant need in our communities.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I'm a fairly recent virtual volunteer, helping with writing pieces that bring attention to the uniqueness of Cheerful Givers. It has been a rewarding experience, and even though I am oceans away I have enjoyed being able to give back to those who deserve so much - children. I look forward to continuing my volunteer experience into the future and if you are not already involved with this wonderful organization, you should be. There is nothing more precious then giving the gift that brings a smile to a child's face.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a virtual volunteer for about a year and a half, researching grants and helping out with special projects. It's been such a rewarding experience even though I am a couple of thousand miles away. Karen keeps Cheerful Givers so well organized. She is always quick to respond to my questions and keeps me in the loop so I feel part of the team. It feels so good to be able to help children in need. I'm very glad I found Cheerful Givers through Volunteer Match.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Paula G.

I have volunteered for Cheerful Givers for 2 years, and have the greatest respect for what they do. The mission of this wonderful organization is elegantly simple and enormously influential. Giving children whose families are facing hardship birthday gifts to bring smiles to those faces is an act of love, community, and far-reaching compassion. Cheerful Givers does work that matters and, for these children, builds their self-esteem and confidence. The stress of providing presents for their child on their special day is taken off the shoulders of their parents. What Cheerful Givers does for these families has ripple affects that create positive memories for the rest of their lives. Cheerful Givers lets these families know that though they are struggling, that their children are not forgotten on their birthdays. Hats off to them. They are a blessing to many!

1 Masood M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering for Cheerful Givers is an excellent opportunity. The process of getting involved is quick and easy, and there are a variety of ways to contribute. I am a Social Media volunteer who works to promote Cheerful Givers and encourage others to join our cause. Even for a few minutes a day, I can tell that my work goes a long way in helping Cheerful Givers meet their goal of providing birthday gifts to children living in poverty. This an organization near and dear to my heart that I look forward to working with for a long time!

1 Kristi8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's been over a year and I still virtually volunteer as an in-kind donations researcher. I've never volunteered for a non-profit as long as I have with Cheerful Givers. This is a great place to volunteer. They are organized and I love the fact that you get recognized in a newsletter for your hard work. It feels so good to help kids receive something nice for their Birthday.

If you're looking for a place to volunteer in person or remotely, look no further than cheerfulgivers.org!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In early 2013, I was looking for a way to virtual volunteer from home, and I love to research all kinds of stuff. Through volunteermatch.org, I found cheerfulgivers.org, and by mid April I was a Inkind Donations Research Assistant. It was the video, Your cheerful givers story video, that I watched, and I had a tear fall down my face. It's been 4 months plus, and I wanted to volunteer my hours and time, to a worthwhile cause. I love giving back, and am proud to see happy faces on kids, who get these beautiful birthday bags, who otherwise would not receive anything for there birthday.

Thankyou to to everybody who works here, and to all of the volunteers, for all of your hard work, time and good efforts.

Look forward to more researching, and hopefully more donors giving what they can.

Thanks Kristi Bright

1 Corey9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for many years now, and I am always encouraged by the hard work and dedication the Cheerful Givers team invests in its cause. I also enjoy observing the passion fellow volunteers and board members have towards our goals. Finally, the leadership team is fantastic.

1 PaulaJS

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Cheerful Givers for 2.5 years now and besides being a great nonprofit with a wonderful mission, they support their volunteers with the tools they need to do a good job. They make it easy to volunteer and share the gifts each person has. In turn, goals are accomplished and volunteers can assist in a variety of ways. I judge all my future and present volunteering by comparing my experience with Cheerful Givers.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cheerful Givers is a great organization it goals to bring joy to a child on his birthday by helping a family that cannot do it is a great way to aid in that childs selfesteem and confirm they are special. That feeling goes a long way in the childs development thru life and gives them a foundation to handle adversity as they grow. I have been involved for over five years and the feed back with get from Cheerful Givers reinforce their mission.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This charity is a great cause and employees love to contribute and volunteer for such an important time in a child's life!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cheerful Givers is an incredible organization. In the five years that I have been a volunteer I have seen a tremendous amount of completely volunteer effort and creativity go into providing the kind of joy every child deserves on his or her birthday. This is one nonprofit that truly uses the best that volunteers have to offer, and that uses all the resources donated, be they dollars, services, or materials (toys) to directly serve children.

1 Betty10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered and supported Cheerful Givers for over 10 years. It is a wonderful organization who provides Birthday gifts to food shelves and homeless shelters, so that parents in need do not have to tell their child that they are not getting a birtday gift. I grew up poor, and I had many birtdays without presents. I know what that feels like, and I work to prevent other kids from having similar experiences. I ask for anyone who can to help me in this cause.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been my great pleasure to volunteer at Cheerful Givers events for over 10 years. As a child who never recieved birthday gifts, I especially appreciate what a difference this organization has makes in thousands of lives of children every year. I plan on supporting this organization through donations and my volunteer time for years to come!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

1 Rita Y.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had been looking for a volunteer opportunity that I could do from home, so I researched virtual opportunities involving research on VolunteerMatch.org and found Cheerful Givers. I was touched by Cheerful Giver's purpose of giving each child an opportunity to celebrate their special day under circumstances where their family couldn't. My husband and I have always helped out with our church's food pantry but I had never really thought of helping to provide for needs beyond the basics of food and shelter. As an Inkind Donations Assistant I try to find websites of potential donors of items for the birthday bags. I'm very happy to have found an opportunity where I can combine my interest in research, volunteer from home (so I can spend more time with my newly-retired husband) and help bring a smile to these children on their birthday!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Cheerful Givers since Nov 2009 and after 2 years still continuing as a volunteer manager. I am happy to say that I am glad I found by chance on Volunteer Match and expressed interest. I joined Cheerful Givers at a time when I didn't know what I was doing in my life. Volunteering with Cheerful Givers changed my life and keeps me mentally happy and I feel good that I am helping for a cause. Flexible hours and in a virtual role kept my mind busy and I feel satisfied that I am useful to somebody in need.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cheerful Givers has made my life presently. Karen Kitchel, President of Cheerful Givers never fails to thank each and every volunteer that helps Cheerful Givers. She has been a joy to work with through the interaction of emails.

Every week, I dedicate around 10 hours of my time to volunteer for Cheerful Givers in the role of a Virtual Volunteer Manager. My role includes a variety of tasks and exchanging several emails with Karen as well as volunteers. I also gather, maintain, and update information on our volunteers. The information I collect makes its way into the monthly newsletter and annual report.

I have volunteered in many organizations over the past 15 months. But my volunteer work at Cheerful Givers is the best so far I have felt and the most fun I have had giving back to the community!

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.

The best part of Cheerful Givers is that one can volunteer from any part of the country.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wow, Cheerful GIvers has grown so much since I started volunteering in 2008! The mission is simply to give a happy birthday to as many less fortunate children as possible. Simple, yet SO important. Looking forward the future of CG!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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!!!

1 Tiana R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being involved in Cheerful Givers has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. It is such a worthy cause and the impact is so direct. I look forward to continue working closely with them in the future.

1 Vonnie S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cheerful Givers is an organization that is one of my favorite charitable givers. My school age child care group connected with Cheerful Givers through a service learning project 6 years ago. Since then I have chosen to celebrate my birthday with a Birthday Blitz, creating bags for others to celebrate their birthdays. Nothing brightens my day than seeing the happy faced logo of Cheerful Givers!

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

1 Michelle66

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Diana M.

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Coleen D.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

1 Cynthia B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

“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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Each Month the Seniors look forward to seeing what toys we have. There is a lot of conversation about the toys, and the joy they will bring to children within their community. I feel this activity benefits the Seniors nearly as much as the children who receive the gifts. It's rewarding to see the looks of happiness and witness the feelings accomplishment these residents display when the last ribbon is tied and the last bag is placed in the box for the children.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

9 lchristine

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve recently become involved with an organization that makes me smile! Cheerful Givers! They provide toy-filled birthday gift bags to shelters and food shelves so that parents living in poverty can give their child a birthday gift. The idea is that this simple gesture boosts self-esteem, enhances self-worth, and strengthens bonds in families. Volunteering is something we do in addition to our busy work and family lives…its something that should be fun and make you feel good! The activities we do and the people I have met through Cheerful Givers does just that…I leave meeting and events smiling! Karen Kitchel has been a joy to work with. I co-chaired this year's Great Minnesota Birthday Party with Ali, what a fun and amazing event! We had a great turnout. We coordinated the entertainment and activities including a cheer-off, coloring contest, musicians, celebrities – AND, we raised money and received donations to give birthday gifts to children! I have volunteered in many organizations over the years. My volunteer work at Cheerful Givers is the most welcome I’ve felt with a new group and the most fun I’ve had giving back to the community! I’m looking forward to our next event, next meeting, and an opportunity to meet more of the volunteers!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

In 2008 I was new to my company and was looking for ways to connect with other employees. The e-mail I received to join the Cheerful Givers was the perfect opportunity to allow me to give back to the community and meet others at my new company. My first event was stationed in the lobby of our corporate headquarters. The tables were loaded with small gifts that were then assembled to provide birthday bags to kids that wouldn't otherwise receive them. The volunteers were happy and excited to pull the items together and we all shared stories over the bags as we circulated through the stacks of toys. Once we gathered the bags together and counted them -- we had almost 100 bags! For less than a half hours work we had provided 100 kids with a smile on their birthday. The books, toys and other items were simple and will bring lots of joy to these kids on their special day. What a simple way to give back to the community....thanks to all the volunteers who organize these efforts!