Last September I shared with you all one of our favorite new philanthropic small shops – Cuddle and Kind: hand knit dolls that help feed children. The Woodgate family was on a mission to help those in need, and the response they got from their Kickstarter launch campaign was amazing. They not only met their fundraising goal, but far exceeded it – even before the campaign end date! At that time, they had 9, 20″ dolls available for purchase:
May 18, 2016
cuddle + kind’s “Little Collection”: Fighting Childhood Hunger One Doll at a Time
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From L to R: Isla, Pearl, Willow, Scout, Chloe, Benedict, Chelsea, Maximus, Everest.
Now, several months later, cuddle + kind has launched an all new line of hand knit dolls: the “Little Collection” – little dolls that do a lot of good! These sweet new additions are 13″ tall and quite possibly, even more ridiculously adorable than their original, bigger, counterparts. Each Little Collection doll may be more than half a foot smaller, but they still pack a lot of giving in their small package – 10 meals are provided to children in need with each doll purchased, the same as the regular sized dolls!
We have added Scout and Benedict to our family, and they have become two of H’s favorite “snuggles”. If you have a baby or toddler living with you, then you know they aren’t gentle on things. I have been so surprised at how sturdy the construction is on our cuddle + kind dolls – not a single stitch has popped, nor have we had any issues with holes or fraying, which is saying a lot considering how many walks and trips each of them has been on with us! We even had an incident with some blueberries and strawberries on Scout’s white face, and after contacting cuddle + kind’s customer service about a care routine, they assured us we could either hand wash or machine wash on cold in a gentle cycle. After a quick trip through the washer in a lingerie bag, and laying him flat to dry, Scout was good as new!
Both Scout and Benedict (and the rest of the cuddle + kind doll line) are handmade in Peru, by artisans who are given a sustainable fair trade income. Because of this, you’re not only giving 10 children a meal with each doll you purchase, but you’re also helping to guarantee a better life and food on the table for the hard working makers of these beautiful dolls. Each of the regular and Little Collection dolls are knit, embroidered and crocheted with 100% premium cotton yarn, and are finished with hypoallergenic felt details and hypoallergenic polyester filling. In addition, each doll has been designed and rigorously safety tested for ages newborn and up, so you can rest easy knowing the wonderful new hand knit doll you’ve purchased for your sweet new bundle poses no risks!
As a parent myself, this cause is one near and dear to my heart. I feel so fortunate to not know the struggle of hunger, and its heartbreaking to think that innocent children around the world don’t know where their next meal is coming from. We have always been passionate about giving back to our community when and however we can, and I think that the Woodgate family is on to something really special with their “one million meals” campaign. They have already given over 210,598 meals as of March 31st, and it has been so exciting to watch that number steadily rise.
One of my favorite aspects of their company, is that they don’t limit the giving to one place – instead, cuddle + kind supports the WFP School meals Program, which provides nutrition to 18.2 million children in 65 countries. They also provide meals in the USA and Haiti through the Children’s Hunger Fund. Look at all that meal-giving that’s happening around the world, because of your hand knit doll purchases: how amazing is that reach?!
I strongly encourage you to consider adding one of cuddle + kind’s new Little Dolls to your family, or they make wonderful baby shower gifts! Check out cuddle + kid’s website for all the available options, and let me know which doll you choose for your little one!