You may have read about Arthur – a very young man (okay, a little boy of 4 years) who raided his piggy bank to donate to the St. Paul museum’s Capital Expansion Campaign, Room to Play.

Arthur’s mom, Claudia, says “We think it’s important to share our love with others, in many ways, including financially. Even if we don’t have a lot, we have more than others.” Arthur and Claudia’s perspective on giving inspired a lot of donations both small and large in St. Paul

This month in Rochester, we plan to give back all month to our community.

Teaching Kids to Give Back

Essence magazine suggests 5  ways to teach children to give back suggesting the givers receive a lot from donating, too. With our gifts, we help others and build character along the way, “But teaching your child to give to others is not only good for the world, it’s also good for your child. In research recently published by Harvard Business School, giving to others promotes happiness, enhances your sense of purpose and increases your satisfaction with life.” That’s something we can easily champion because, after all, play provides many amazing benefits, too. (If you’re unfamiliar with the power of play, dive into play’s 7 beacons to success).

Giving Back in Rochester

At Minnesota Children’s Museum at Rochester, we’re taking that advice and partnering with local, Rochester organizations each week all month long. Check our event calendar for details on partner organizations.

Safe Haven Week:  Wednesday, November 4 — Sunday, November 8
Safe Haven Pet Rescue: Their wish list will be posted on the online calendar and we will be collecting donations all week, along with having a giving-themed Story time on Friday at 11 a.m.

Ronald McDonald House Week: Wednesday, November 11 —Sunday, November 15 This week, we will be collecting donations for the Ronald McDonald House! We will be collecting food donations off of the Fall Need list, which can be found on our website under this week’s calendar, along with having a giving-themed Story time on Friday at 11 a.m.

Channel One Week: Wednesday, November 18 —Sunday, November 22
November 14th – 22nd is National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. This week’s organization is Channel One Regional Food Bank. We will be collecting food donations all week, along with having a giving-themed Story time on Friday at 11 a.m.  Check out the online calendar for more details on Channel One’s wish list.

River Bend Nursing Home Week: Wednesday, November 25 —Sunday, November 29
Our last week of Give Back Month will feature River Bend Nursing Home, which is right across the parking lot! We will be making placemats to be donated for meal times, a program we call Small Hands, Big Hearts. Also, join us for one last giving-themed story time on Friday at 11 a.m.! The Museum will be closed on Thursday, November 26th for Thanksgiving Day.

Donations = Entries to Win Unlimited Play

As a special thank you, every day a visitor brings in a donation, they will be entered to win a family membership!

We appreciate, you!




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