Big Animals

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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

In 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 Children’s Hospital’s 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 kids regularly.

How You Can Help

One thing we learned is that we really make a difference in these kid’s lives, but we can’t 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 Diego’s precious children.

You can make a difference by adopting a Big Animal!

Michele Campbell Memorial Fund

Big Animals for Little Kids | 4629 Cass Street #342 | San Diego, California 92109 | (619) 723-3142
A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. EIN #26-3490647