Matthews-based nonprofit Bright Blessings will host family-friendly service activities every Friday this summer, beginning June 15.
Bright Blessings serves local homeless children and families by providing birthday parties and gifts for children through Bless-A-Birthday and infant supplies for its Bless-A-Baby program. During the Friday sessions, volunteers are needed to make pillows for care bags, create themed birthday gift sets, make gift tags, fill treat bags, decorate wrapping paper and more.
The nonprofit served a record 1,500 transient, homeless students during the 2011-12 school year, according to a news release. In April alone, the organization’s programs celebrated birthdays and new baby arrivals for more than 200 local homeless children.
“Our family service days this summer will help Bright Blessings continue to serve thousands of local homeless children each year, while also giving children and youth of all ages an opportunity to get involved and make a difference for others in need,” said Mint Hill resident Amy Cervantes, co-founder and volunteer executive director for Bright Blessings. Cervantes launched Bright Blessings in 2005 as a family service project with her husband, John, and their children. Today, the Bright Blessings National Affiliate Network is in its final stages of development, with several pilot affiliate chapters already under way nationwide including northeast Indiana; Cincinnati, Ohio; and the Buffalo Trace region of Kentucky.
For more information or to register for a Friday service day, visit www.BrightBlessingsUSA.org. Space is limited and advance registration is required.