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Beta Club Participates in Bright Blessings

Beta Club members fill goody bags to donate to Bright Blessings. 1st row: Rebecca Gonzalez, sophomore; Rachael Snyder, Gabriella Del Valle, Jade Carlson, Elsa Althof, all freshmen. 2nd Row: Ana Delgado, freshman; Emily Barfield, sophomore; Emily B. Parker, freshman.

For young children, birthday parties are often special events of traditional fun and celebration, and many parents work diligently to ensure that their children’s birthdays are sincerely commemorated. Unfortunately, when financial situations are tight for families, some kids miss out on the festivities that are a staple aspect of childhood. Birthday Blessings, now known as Bright Blessings, is a non-profit organization that was founded in Mint Hill, designed to bring recognition and joy to homeless children and those families that cannot afford to put together the elaborate parties that kids crave.

Bright Blessings began as a monthly birthday party at one homeless shelter, and has since developed into a network of national projects destined to support and positively impact the lives of homeless children, from toddlers to teenagers. The volunteer-run organization still holds individual birthday parties for homeless families, and its programs have recently grown to “incorporate education, enrichment, and critical-care needs for the children” as well.

This worthy cause first caught the attention of the CHS Beta Club back in the fall, and it was immediately decided that the cause struck home, as it dealt with an audience to which the Beta members, as teenagers, could relate. Steps were taken to organize a service event to donate supplies to Bright Blessings, and on March 14, 2011, Beta Club students met to accomplish this goal. Putting together plenty of fun treats and cute toys, the service event resulted in 30 packed goody bags that were donated to Bright Blessings in the hopes that some child would, upon receiving a goody bag, would find simple happiness and relief from a sad situation.

Written by: Caroline Hensley, Sophomore, CHS Beta Club President
Posted: Mar 28, 2011 by Ms. Paula White

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