Birthday Blessings is one of 13 charities which will adorn the Jimmie Johnson Foundation Samsung Helmet of Hope at Auto Club Speedway in October. Birthday Blessings was co-founded by Mint Hill residents John and Amy Cervantes, and provides birthday parties to homeless children. They also will also receive a $10,000 grant from the Johnson Foundation. The organization was nominated by Terri Springer of Matthews.

“Birthday Blessings is a fantastic nonprofit dedicated to serving homeless children,” explained Springer. “Birthday Blessings is a new charity (whose demand) keeps growing due to the economy. “I started volunteering in 2008 and since I began my family has been part of it too. Logan, my 10 year old, loves to go and help. He helps at some parties and watched as one boy blew out his candles. The boy didn’t know how to do it because he had never had candles on his cake before. Logan was very touched by that and hopes that all children can celebrate their birthdays. The organization not only provides smiles but gives the children a moment of normalcy in a time when it isn’t normal.”