Morgan Stanley and HappyDoll Global Volunteer Month

Enjoying your summer?
We just finished collaborating with  Morgan Stanley for Global Volunteer Month!
Morgan Stanley’s Global Volunteer Month is an initiative that encourages employees to give back to their communities by engaging them in service projects.
We are so proud to be selected as one of the non-profit collaborators of this wonderful tradition--two years in a row!
The company's core values are putting clients first, leading with exceptional ideas, doing the right thing, and GIVING BACK.  
During the month of June, we had 6 sessions with 4 different departments and over 300 Morgan Stanley volunteers came together to make blank dolls to connect children around the world through HappyDolls.
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It was nice to see many familiar faces, as well as many new ones. All of the participants were very dedicated, enthusiastic individuals. Two of the sessions were joint events with Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi who also helped us spread the word! 
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Usually, many volunteers get intimidated by the needles and shy away from sewing, but this time we noticed many people voluntarily trying their hand at sewing for the first time. In some cases, these "beginner sewers" were such naturals, it was almost as if they had discovered a hidden talent!
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Our new interns--Haru, Elysha, and Emily were a huge help organizing this project. Our friends Yukiyo, Laia, and Mariko visiting from Japan, also came to support the project.
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So how many blank HappyDolls did we make this month?

ANSWER: 985!!

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We are blown away by this amazing accomplishment. A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who  cut, stuffed, sewed the dolls and made this collaboration possible. The blank dolls made during this month will be sent to the children at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital and GHANA in the fall.
We go back to our regular schedule of 1 volunteer session a month at Morgan Stanley in September.  It will be a quiet summer for HappyDoll but stay tuned for our exciting "Back to School Project" we have planed for you!
Happy 4th, everyone!
-Help lift the spirits of children in need by donating to happydoll.org-