Who We Are
Big Animals for Little Kids is an
all-volunteer organization in San Diego. Our sole purpose is to
bring joy into the lives of at-risk and underprivileged children.
Our slogan is "Magical Moments for Little Children". We
visit kids in homeless shelters, hospitals and foster care facilities.
During an event, we dress in animal costumes, paint their faces,
make balloon hats, we take Polaroid pictures of the kids with
the big animals.
Most of all, we hope to leave
each child with a fond memory and the assurance that there are people
in the world who really do care.
How It All Got Started
1996, a small group of friends, inspired by their love for children,
decided to do something special for children at-risk in San Diego.
After considering various possibilities, they found something that
fit their busy schedule and sense of adventure. They dressed in
animal costumes and entertained the kids at Childrens Hospitals
annual Celebration of Champions.
It was an unqualified success! The
kids were thrilled by the big goofy animals that were only there
to love them. The volunteers were so touched by the experience they
all asked to come back the next year. The Big Animals have been
at every Celebrations of Champions since, and hold events for at-risk
How You Can Help
One thing we learned is that we really
make a difference in these kids lives, but we cant do
it alone. In order to keep the special moments coming, we depend
on members of the community for donations to help purchase and maintain
the animal costumes, as well as all of the fun, balloons and other
materials we use.
We rely completely on volunteers and
have no paid staff, so 100% of our collected donations go toward
providing events for the children. Any donation
you make will be greatly appreciated and will be used to make a
difference in the life of a child. Together, we are a force of good
in the lives of San Diegos precious children.