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New club for kids in Ahwatukee kicking off with art fundraiser this fall

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Posted: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 6:49 am | Updated: 9:26 am, Tue Aug 26, 2014.

Ahwatukee Foothills resident Kimberly Curry recently started a club for kids called Big Hearts, Little Hands, hoping to instill a care for service in not just kids in the community, but also her own.

Curry said the goal of the club is to teach kids how to find ways to make a difference either on the local or global scale.

“It’s for kids to come together to care, love and serve,” said Curry, who’s three children, ages 5, 4, and 2, are involved.

Starting out their first project with a bang, on a mission to make a global distance, will be an art fundraiser where proceeds will go to organization Project Peanut Butter, which helps feed malnourished children in Africa.

“Art for Africa” will take place on Nov. 10 at the Ahwatukee Community Center, 4700 E. Warner Road. Until then, Curry is looking for artwork from local kids and teens that will then be sold at the event.

About 60 kids are already involved, Curry said. Everything from kid-drawn caricatures, summer-sault contents, face painting, raffles, silent auctions and more will be available.

Kids as young as 2 can bring in piggybanks to donate change or make finger paints, Curry added.

“We want them to feel like they are contributing,” she said.

Volunteers for the event are also needed in areas like the face painting, making balloon animals, helping pass out fliers, and supervise activity tables, among others.

As a stay-at-home mom, this is the first club Curry has ever organized. She mentioned wanting to find a way to integrate working and hanging out with her kids.

“I’m a little obsessed with my kids,” she joked. “But I really wanted them to be included.”

After participating in a handful of “mom’s groups” through her church and friends, Curry talked about ideas with her own kids who had already enjoyed helping out in the community.

The club was put together in August, and Curry plans on future events involving visits to nursing homes, volunteering in soup kitchens, and making birthday cards for foster children.

“I really want kids to focus on people rather than things,” Curry said.

Among the kids already participating, a good amount are from different areas in the Valley. Curry mentioned that some people from Utah have also donated to the cause.

“We’re very excited and this seems like a good, first kickoff,” Curry said.

For more information on the event, email Big Hearts, Little Hands at bigheartsandlittlehands@gmail.com. For more information on Project Peanut Butter or how to donate, visit projectpeanutbutter.org.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or dmartinez@ahwatukee.com

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