Homeless children receive birthday joy from Matthews family
April 11, 2013 by Mark
The Cervantes family, based in Matthews, recently announced that they will be taking part in the Annual Charity Golf Tournament in Stanley, North Carolina at the Cowan’s Ford County Club early next week. Proceeds will benefit the family’s non-profit organization, Bright Blessings, which hosts birthday parties and other events for needy children.
Consisting of Amy, her husband, and their sons Alex, Adam and Eli, the family threw its first birthday party with a luau theme in 2005 for kids at a homeless children’s center. Since then, the Cervantes have held similar parties that include cupcakes, face painting, and gifts like board games and footballs for more than 10,000 children.
They rely on volunteer help and private donations to fund these events. They also work with school systems and several other agencies to enable students in elementary schools to celebrate birthdays in their classrooms. A bag with a pillow, blanket, and toiletries, and a backpack of other types of presents are given to older children.
According to director of the Families Together Program at the YWCA, Kenya Henderson, Bright Blessings has had a tremendous impact just at her location alone. Parents can rest assured that their children will be able to celebrate their birthdays, making for parents who are relieved of the stress and burden that having such celebrations can produce and children who are ecstatic when their birthdays are celebrated.
Golf enthusiasts can catch up with the Cervantes at the April 15 tournament.