|Zensible Mama's Maricris and Bronwyn Pressley at Bright Blessings new location in Matthews NC|
I can't believe we're already a long ways into 2012 and January is almost over. Can I say it? "Where did the time go?" The Holidays seem to have sped by like a strong gust of wind. And before we know it, here we are gearing up for Valentines day! I sure kind of wish Holidays could be longer. Only because people are a lot kinder and seem in a timeless haze of giving. If you ask me, there should be no pause in giving and should transcend beyond the holidays.
And there's a good reason to it. I recently visited the new facility of Bright Blessings (formerly Birthday Blessings) in Matthews NC to drop off extra items donated during my Zensible Mama Gives 2011 charitable project. One of them were packs of Hanes socks (thanks to my good friend Carolina Mama) and books and zhu zhu pets we personally bought to match the playsets donated by Cepia LLC.
According to Bronwyn Pressley, Bright Blessings Community Engagement Consultant and also a long-time volunteer staff, the number of recipients they serve had tripled in 2011. Averaging 300+, it rose to an approximately 1300+ in 2011 and they expect more in 2012, if the condition of the bad economy doesn't reflect a significant change. As to date, the number of homeless children in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system which they also serve anonymously had shown a sudden rise. From a mere 200+ to 500+ currently.
These are staggering statistics that Bright Blessings hope to accommodate all year round with the help of the community. As Bronwyn said, "It's (Bright Blessings) a community supported by the community" and that's utterly true! BB is fully supported by donations from generous individuals and companies. Without these donations, BB won't be able to fulfill it's mission each year. Needless to say, Bronwyn admitted that she was truly happy that I have chosen BB as a recipient again this year.
|Dr. Clare of Prohealth and Wellness Chiropractic receiving|
our donations for his Toy drive for the community
By the way, BB's new facility is rockin' nice and if you're looking to celebrate your birthday with a cause and a place to celebrate it, BB have their quaint Village cafe where you can have an unforgettable birthday party - Bright Blessings style!
What about you, what organizations are your favorites and loyally support and why?