08/21/2012 09:49 am ET

Nonprofits Help Give Homeless Children A Happy Birthday

The chorus of Happy Birthday ended, and the 7-year-old child stared, appearing perplexed, at the lit candle in the cupcake before him.

"He didn't even know how to blow a candle out. The child had to be told what to do after the singing ended, and once he did, he turned around and said, 'Can I do it again?' " says Amy Cervantes, co-founder and volunteer executive director of Bright Blessings, a non-profit which hosts birthday parties for homeless children throughout the Charlotte region.

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