Party with a cause

Are you fed up with trying to find a place for useless and unnecessary gifts? Are you tired of trying to come up with new and exciting gift ideas? Next time why not give your loved ones an opportunity? The opportunity to share your joy with the ones in need and be socially proactive.

 

How to host a party with a cause

Give up the traditional presents for your upcoming birthday, wedding, anniversary and have your friends and close ones donate to a cause of your choice instead. The Cedar Foundation will provide all the necessary information concerning our current needs, a branded donation box and a donation certificate for your contribution.

 

For more information, please contact Iva Hadzhiyska on +359 884 962 986 or email: iva@cedarfoundation.org.

 

Dimitar and Mira's wedding

“My wife and I decided that a beautiful event, such as a wedding could be even more adorable if you make people outside the wedding hall smile. We wanted to give smiles and hope to children in need.

When one is about to build a family, he has to learn three basic things: love, morality and compassion. Mira and I learn to love every day. Life teaches us morals, and human destinies teach us compassion. Children are the future of every nation and we should take care of them first. In our first steps as a family, Mira and I have decided to spare a few hundred flowers that would have faded in a week, but to allow several children to “blossom” and grow to become persons. These persons will one day do the same for other children, and Bulgaria will have a future again. That’s why we asked all our wedding guests not to buy expensive bouquets but instead to donate the money to the Cedar Foundation’s cause. We are happy that for the whole evening, the only bouquet in the hall was the one of the bride and everyone took our request to heart. They say that if you want to educate your children properly, you should start long before they are born. We did that at our wedding.

A week ago, we received an invitation from our friends for their son’s birthday. They were at our wedding and we are glad they decided to follow our example. They asked us not to give toys and gifts away, just a small birthday card. The money for the gifts, they donated to a child, who needs treatment abroad. We hope more people will follow this example in the future!”

Dimitar and Mira

Krasimira and Vladislav's wedding

“When we started with the preparation for our wedding, we were surprised how much the entire organization costs – from the gifts for our guests to the clothing for me and my husband. For a long time I’ve been a fan of volunteering and a sustainable lifestyle.

So I thought that while we waste our money for one day, for just one event that is really important to us, there are many people who suffer and have no families. People who are in need more than us. Our honor attendant gave us the idea of a wedding with a cause and we liked it a lot, because we knew it will make our day even more special and will make someone else smile.

We researched different options and came across Cedar Foundation’s cause. We felt even better when our guests got excited about the initiative. Before the wedding they had a lot of questions about the kids and the donations. Our friends embraced the cause, and were eager to hear about the children’s reactions, when we brought them the gifts.

I would like to encourage more couples to add extra flavor of goodness to their wedding day. The feeling of satisfaction is unique!”

Krasimira and Vladislav

Diana and Nikolay's wedding

 

 

“For our wedding my husband and I decided to skip the flowers and have our guests donate the money towards a good cause instead. A friend of ours, Stef, told us about the foundation and we quickly contacted them. What motivated us was that flowers are an ephemeral pleasure and the money for them better go to people who really need it. All our guests were happy to participate.
In the end, to give happiness is the best form of egoism. It is very fulfilling to be able to help others.
Doing good is something that needs regular practice – it then becomes a habit of one’s heart.”

Diana and Nikolay

Valentin's birthday party

“Everyone has their own reasons for helping people in need, I am certain of it. I personally, was deeply moved after a meeting with a representative of the foundation who told me about the process of relocation of institutionalized children to family-type houses and the plight of most of them. For a long time after, I kept thinking that I could do something for those children, that the empathy which I feel would not really help them.

Actually, there is no need to wait for a special occasion, if we want to help. I would advise anyone who is wondering what gift to choose from friends and colleagues to donate a little hope to children in need and to celebrate a birthday with a cause.”

Valentin

Hristo and Kaloyan's birthday

“We decided to save our guests from the difficult task of choosing gifts and we offered them to support a foundation with a good cause and impeccable reputation. Cedar’s team reacted very quickly and professionally, and we were able to raise over 4500 dollars. We are certain that some of the guests will follow the pattern.”

Hristo and Kaloyan

Martin's birthday

“The satisfaction and the joy knowing that this young man would receive quality care and support made me decide to unite my birthday party and The Cedar Foundation’s cause. Moreover, this organization has proved to be a very reliable partner and the results they achieve are truly impressive, giving these children and youth the opportunity to have the same rights as everyone else in our society. However, I must admit that I adopted this idea from Hristo Hristov, whose birthday party I recently attended.

All the guests and friends were excited that they could enjoy themselves while doing good and contributing to someone else’s well-being. On another note, most of them shared that not having to look for a present saved them time and effort.

I highly recommend it to anyone who would like to feel differently and cultivate a lot of positive energy!”

Martin

Irina's birthday

“The morning of my birthday I woke up, thinking that I only wanted to see my friends that day. This is when I decided to propose to them to pull together the money that they would otherwise spend on gifts and to donate it to someone in need. In the past, I had taken part in one of Cedar’s charity quizzes. I was impressed by the friendly and intelligent way in which the foundation had organized the event, how people were having fun while donating at the same time. And since through careful research, I had become informed with Cedar’s causes, I decided to choose them as the beneficiary. Cedar’s team helped me by giving me a donation box, as well as informational brochures which informed my friends where and how my gift would be put to use. The only thing that’s better than receiving a gift, is making one.”

Irina

Get Involved

Sponsor a Carer

“Sponsor A Carer” is a program that allows us to hire enough therapists to work directly with the children and young adults at our family-type homes in Kyustendil and Kazanlak. Companies from Bulgaria and abroad make such sponsorship as part of their corporate social responsibility program. As a result of their help, we managed to hire additional therapists.

Place a donation box

Do you work in a busy area with a lot of people passing throughout the day? If so, you have to opportunity to support over 100 disadvantaged children and youth by simply requesting one of our donation boxes for your place of business.

Sponsor a Child

Together with the American organization Orphan Sponsorship International (OSI), we developed, we developed the program “Sponsor a Child” for the children we are constantly taking care of in our family-type homes in Kyustendil and Kazanlak. The sponsorship of one child is $35 per month (60 BGN) and the entire amount is used only for the child’s needs.