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photo of child at Small Hands, Big Hearts event

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Small Hands, Big Hearts: Spark the Spirit of Giving

Last Year's Family Volunteerism Event is Back!

Daily, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Friday - Saturday, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Small Hands, Big Hearts: Sparking the Spirit of Giving is a family service event held at Minnesota Children's Museum January 15 - 30, 2011. Children and adults can begin or continue a tradition of service through simple acts of kindness.

Families can participate in the following activities:

  • Creating cheeful cards for children receiving treatment at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis
  • Decorating lunch bags for the Meals on Wheels program
  • Making toys for pets residing at the Animal Humane Society shelter
  • Donating loose change to Second Harvest Heartland, Animal Humane Society or Children's Heartlink
  • Bringing new socks and mittens to donate to Simpson Housing Services

Help Keep Feet Warm All Year Long

During Small Hands, Big Hearts, the socks will be attached to a "sock hop line" that runs through the Museum's Atrium.

Start a Conversation with Your Family

  • Visit the Doing Good Together website to see possible service projects for your family to undertake. Set aside a Saturday morning or specific weekday evening to complete one or more projects. Talk about the difference you've made.
  • Remind your children that service is a two-way street; we could all be at the giving and receiving end of our community's help.
  • Try to implement some of their ideas together as a family. Host a fundraiser for an animal shelter, tidy up your neighborhood park or collect children's books for a local family shelter. It's empowering for children to initiate a project that comes to life.
Big-Hearted Families: Assignment #1
Big-Hearted Families: Assignment #2

Resource Links

  • Doing Good Together is a non-profit organization committed to inspiring families to volunteer together.
  • Meals on Wheels ensures members of our community receive nutrious meals and the human connection they need to live independently.
  • Simpson Housing Services is a Minneapolis-based shelter and transitional housing service for families.
  • Bridging, Inc. provides the economically disadvantaged with a one-time gift of quality furniture and household items that helps to stabilize and improve their lives while effectively using community resources.
  • Children's Heartlink is a medical, non-governmental organization working in partnership with healthcare centers in underserved regions of the world to promote sustainable cardiac care for children with congenital or acquired heart disease.
  • Second Harvest Heartland works to reinvent hunger relief through leadership and innovation.
  • Animal Humane Society engages the hearts, hands and minds of the community to help animals.

Pre-Visit Activities

Make Sandwiches 
Make sandwiches for Simpson Housing guests before visiting the Museum for Small Hands, Big Hearts. Purchase enough materials to make 100 sandwiches; however, quality is much more important than quantity.

What you will need: Purchase plastic gloves, bread, meat, cheese, and sandwich bags. Please no condiments.

Before making the sandwiches, contact Christina Giese at (612) 455-0859 or in order to schedule. Download activity information

Make Greeting Cards
Make greeting cards for children or adults who are ill and could use cheering up.

What you will need: Blank cards and envelopes, decorating supplies, and postage stamps.

Call a local nursing home or hospital to see if they are interested in receiving your cards, or visit Hugs and Hope or Make a Child Smile for the names, photos and stories of seriously ill children in need of some "happy mail". Download activity information


  • Kiddywampus and Best Buy have been announced as sponsors of Small Hands, Big Hearts 2010!
  • 140 students from Liberty Ridge Elementary school will be knitting hats to give away as part of SHBH.


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