Peachy the Magazine December 2013 - Page 117

INSPIRATION The mission of Bright Blessings has connected with the community, which is reflected in the myriad of community connections that benefit the organization. Outstanding examples of nonprofit support • First Book Charlotte donates more than 6,000 books a year to ensure that each child with a birthday receives two books. • A grant from the Dale Jr. Foundation provides up to 1,500 lap-desks annually. These lap-desks provide an accessible and mobile desktop for students, which have proven to be invaluable to students who can find it challenging to carve out a spot in which to study. The desks are distributed with cards that encourage students to work hard in school. “The Bright Blessings program supports children who, through no fault of their own, are in less than ideal situations,” said Kelley Earnhardt Miller, Vice President of the Dale Jr. Foundation. “Our support helps those children to have a birthday party, which is something most children take for granted in our world.” Miller continued: “I was intrigued that Bright Blessings was founded by a local family to help teach their children about the importance in giving back. At the same time, it ballooned into something special for the homeless children in our community.” “Our individual donors are vital to what we do because they are literally the hands and hearts of Bright Blessings. This incredible support,” Amy said. “Coupled with business and foundation giving and more than 20,000 hours of volunteer service, is what enables Bright Blessings to put 92% of its operating budget directly into programs for the kids we serve.” Get Involved Visit the Bright Blessings website at www. brightblessingsusa.org to see a wish list and to find various volunteer opportunities. Watch this inspiring video to find out more about Bright Blessings. DECEMBER 2013 117