Founders Jeanne Malnati, Melissa Malnati, and Kelsey Malnati Howell launch Spreading Hearts

Spreading Hearts is about helping to change the world…one heart at a time.
Sharing a small pewter heart with someone is one small act that sparks a fire.
Sharing a heart with someone bridges the gap- it opens up space for connection and community.
Sharing a heart assures another person that they’ve been seen, that they matter.
It allows another person’s day to shine more brightly.

The Malnati Family

Three summers ago my then 21 year old daughter Melissa spent five weeks serving food at Kuyasa, an organization that feeds over 250 children daily, located in a poverty stricken township outside of Cape Town, South Africa. My oldest daughter, Kelsey, and I went over to pick her up, with the three of us then having the privilege of traveling for two weeks in South Africa. An idea that was put on my heart before leaving Chicago was for us to randomly give small pewter hearts to individuals in that country, as we were so led. We would say to an individual something to the effect of, “This is for you”, placing a heart in their hand, and softly acknowledging, “You have a beautiful heart, and it touched mine, thank you.” The looks that came over people’s faces, the tears that welled up, and the responses were precious!