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Cheerful Givers Organization Partners to Provide Birthday Bags

Cheerful Givers Charity Expands to North Dakota
Through Partnering with Great Plains Food Bank

Initial Birthday Bag Blitz Event Funded by AAA

FARGO, ND (Aug. 9, 2012) -- A press conference here this morning announced the expansion of the Cheerful Givers charitable organization to North Dakota by partnering with Great Plains Food Bank.

At a birthday bag “blitz”, funded by corporate partner AAA, representatives from the three organizations expressed their excitement about the expansion of the program into North Dakota.

“Cheerful Givers (www.cheerfulgivers.org) began in 1994 in Minnesota and has provided more than half a million birthday bags through the years to food shelves throughout the state. We’re pleased to expand the program to North Dakota,” stated Karen Kitchel, president of Cheerful Givers. She went on to say, “Providing these birthday bags to families that might not otherwise be able to celebrate their child’s birthday helps enhance the parent/child bond and to build the esteem of the children who receive the birthday bags.”

“Last year, along with our partner network of charitable feeding programs, we provided emergency food support to one in 11 North Dakotans – 35% of them children,” states Marcia Paulson, director of marketing and development for the Great Plains Food Bank. “Working parents are often forced to make the difficult choice between buying food, and paying for housing, transportation or medical care. This partnership with Cheerful Givers ensures parents will never have to choose between celebrating their child’s birthday or putting food on the table.”

The initial birthday bag blitz stuffed approximately 200 birthday bags, funded by AAA, and containing such items as playing cards, small plush toys, and slates with chalk for children from economically disadvantaged families in North Dakota. The bags will be distributed through the Great Plains Food Bank statewide distribution system.

“At AAA, we have more than 100 years of history supporting charities in our communities. Cheerful Givers caught our interest two years ago and we are excited to help the charity expand its reach throughout the upper Midwest this year,” stated Gene LaDoucer, AAA spokesman. “Similar events will be held in Iowa and Wisconsin in the near future.”

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