Mint Hill Times

TODAY Show reporter, Sara Haines, interviews co-founder and volunteer executive director, Amy Cervantes, as young volunteers prepare supplies for a Bright Blessings celebration

A producer with NBC’s TODAY Show has confirmed that a special segment about local nonprofit, Bright Blessings, is scheduled to air next Wednesday, July 13, during the 10 am hour of the TODAY Show.

This past February, a TODAY team was in Charlotte to interview and film for the feature segment about Matthews-based Bright Blessings, a volunteer-led nonprofit serving homeless children and families across the greater Charlotte region.

Amy and John Cervantes, founders of Bright Blessings, are Mint Hill residents.

Sara Haines, Contributing Correspondent for NBC News’ TODAY and videographer / producer Dana Roecker, spent two days in Charlotte preparing for the segment. In addition to interviews and video of volunteers working at the Bright Blessings facility, the team also took in some local scenery while filming the Queen City’s skyline. Their trip culminated in a visit to Charlotte Emergency Housing (now Charlotte Family Housing) to capture a Bright Blessings birthday celebration in action, speaking to children and interviewing parents and volunteers.

“We are so humbled and excited that the TODAY Show chose to visit Charlotte for this segment,” says Amy Cervantes, volunteer executive director and co-founder. “It is an amazing opportunity to share our beautiful city with a nationwide audience, while also bringing attention to the real issues of family homelessness and the many local organizations here who are working to make a positive difference. We hope that this will inspire others to start similar efforts in their own communities.”

The completed segment, scheduled to air on July 13, will highlight the story of Bright Blessings with TODAY viewers as it prepares to officially launch its National Affiliate Network, while sharing a real-life glimpse into the day-by-day journey of a local homeless family and how seemingly small acts of kindness can have a big impact.