We may be small,
but we do big things.
Our Teeny Tiny Story
It started as an idea by Emma, then 6. “Mommy, I want to start a group. The Teeny Tiny Team. We will sell things and get money to help the homeless. Everybody should have a home and just because we are small doesn’t mean we can’t help, right?” Right.
The group started as 2nd graders in 2008. The Teeny Tiny Team members aren’t so Teeny Tiny anymore, and what they do has never been Teeny Tiny. The Team members make all the decisions regarding fundraising, service projects and which charities they donate their profits to.
Every meeting is filled with ideas. Projects to do, ways to raise money and charities to support. Helping others is fun for them.
The Team has raised funds by selling bookmarks, valentines, homemade hula-hoops, toilet trees, soda, water, snacks, homemade dog and cat treats, and various crafts made by team members. The Team collected books for Sharing Connections and food for the local FISH pantry, made fleece blankets for a hospital pediatric unit, cleaned up a beach and packed meals at Feed My Starving Children.
Every Valentine’s weekend, the Team has sold “Hearts for Noah’s Hope”. In the summer, they participate in Summer Field Days (a landscape contractor industry trade show). In the fall is the Back-to-School ice cream social. Craft fairs are a favorite as the holidays approach.
Upcoming events include a garage sale in May, Run for Hope 5K in May, and a block party event this summer.
The Teeny Tiny Team has made donations to the following charities:
- Noah’s Hope
- West Suburban Humane Society
- Bridge Communities
- Whittier Welcome & Support Committee
- Sharing Connections
- FISH Pantry
- St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
- Make-A-Wish Foundation
- The American Cancer Society
- The Princess Alexa Foundation
- The Field Museum
- Feed My Starving Children
- Smile Train
- Ronald McDonald House
- World Wildlife Foundation
- Brain Injuries Association
These companies have generously donated services and money to cover our administrative overhead. Thanks to them, more of the profits from The Teeny Tiny Team activities can be donated to their chosen charities.