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HappyDoll Annual Holiday Gala Gifts Revealed!

 Have you RSVP'd for our Annual Holiday Gala?

Get excited! Here's a list of some of our SILENT AUCTION ITEMS: photo 2

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 ●Handcrafted Goods from Ghana ( $100 value)

Includes: handwoven straw fan, cotton fabric clutch, handwoven wire bracelets, African black shea butter soap, trash can made of recycled water bottles, 2 giraffe pattern picture frames, and a bottle of California red wine

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Mandarina Duck Briefcase ( $300 value) 

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Silver Pendant Brooch with Black Seed Pearls by EXRoyal ( $120 value)

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●Lazy Susan Picture Frame Set (Suede) ( $60 value)

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●Lazy Susan Picture Frame Set (Silver) ( $60 value)

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Marimekko Pieni Unikko Huppu Bag ( $99 value)

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  ●Jasper Necklace by Kotomi Jewellery  ( $70 value)

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●Necklace by Kotomi Jewellery ( $70 value)

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● Michael Kors Green Jacket ( $495 value)

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● Stag's Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley ( $150 value)

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●Two 5 Classes Series at SoulCycle ($175 value x 2)

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SPANAlL $40 Gift Certificate for Ginza Modern Gel Polish Course

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MakeMeaning $75 Gift Certificate

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 ●VPL $50 Gift Certificate

Classes:

●80min Personal Training & Lifestyle Consulting by Amy Blitz ($130 value)

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●1 Hour Private Belly Dance Lesson by JAIDA  ($130 value)

 ●English/French 1 Hour private lesson by Thomas Levine ($50)

And here's a list of our LIVE AUCTION ITEMS!

That's not all, you'll also go home with an amazing goodie bag. Excited? So are we:)

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, December 10th! Remember, you MUST  register here to attend! 

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NEW HAPPYDOLL PROJECT

Back to School!JOIN HAPPYDOLL'S GHANA CHALLENGE

THE GHANA CHALLENGE: Help us send 500 decorated HappyDolls to children in Ghana this fall.

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STORY:

Our HappyDoll Ambassador,Yukari Hara, living in Ghana has built a kindergarten in the village of Bognayili where hundreds of children now receive pre-school education. However, the children still live in challenging circumstances often without toys.

Throughout September, HappyDoll will embark on THE GHANA CHALLENGE, a project with a goal to give 500 HappyDolls to the children in Ghana. This will enable every single child in the village school to own a HappyDoll made by you.

We will hand-deliver your dolls in mid-October, so please be sure to send back your doll to our office by October 1st.

How to participate? Go to our Etsy page and donate to receive a HappyDoll to decorate. Please make sure to use the GHANA CHALLENGE PROMO CODE (HappyDollsForGhana) & get 5% off. **If you use this code, your decorated dolls will travel to GHANA once they return to our office**

Deadline: Your dolls must arrive at the HappyDoll office by OCTOBER 1st.

If you wish to JUST DONATE for the cause, click HERE.

JOIN OUR CHALLENGE NOW & MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR KIDS USING HAPPYDOLLS.

Read Yukari Hara's Bio HERE

Stay tuned for more from HappyDoll!

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Happy Labdoo!

Our dearest friends, Jordi (founder of labdoo.org) & his wife Laia There are moments when you meet someone and feel a spark, a rush of excitement, an instant connection.  When we first met our friends, Jordi and Laia, that is exactly what we felt.

Since then, our friendship turned into a collaboration with Labdoo.org, an organization that Jordi founded in Barcelona to deliver excess laptops to children in developing countries by using grassroots social networking tools.  Through this project, our HappyDolls traveled to children in Nigeria and Dominican Republic!

In January, Jordi and his wife, Laia, surprised us with the news that they will be living in  New York for a few months. We were ecstatic, and Laia joined us many times as a volunteer at our stuffing sessions.  Sadly, it's time for our friends to return to Spain, but we won't say good bye just yet since we know we will see each other again very soon.

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The couple has given us a lovely parting gift--a panel of pictures of the collaboration. Message on the panel: "Thank you for spreading joy around the world and for all the wonderful collaborative work."

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A big thank you to Jordi, Laia, and Labdoo.org. We can't wait to collaborate with you again.

Bon voyage and see you soon!

Stay tuned because we’ve got more exciting news coming your way…

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Be Inspired. Be an Inspiration.

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(from left: Our volunteer, Andy An; Director of Development of the Boys & Girls Club, Wycliffe Daniels; Founder & Executive Director, Nozomi Terao; and our new intern, Travis Hill)

Last week, we had a very special HappyDoll event with the children affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Our new volunteer Travis, who is currently studying social entrepreneurship at NYU, was able to join us!

We asked him to share his experience with you:

"On Tuesday, March 26th, I traveled to Hoboken, New Jersey to connect with the Boys and Girls Club of Hudson County and a non-profit called HappyDoll. During the visit, nearly 70 boys and girls decorated HappyDolls and then generously donated them to other children around the world. Early on in the event, however, it became clear that this was much more than just an exchange of dolls.

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From the outset, the beauty of diversity was highlighted by the children’s interest in the different dolls from across the globe. The dolls from Uganda, Japan, and Honduras received particular attention with the children of the Boys and Girls Club wanting to learn more about the cultures of these newly discovered places.

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Additionally, the children that had already been exposed to these cultures were able to offer their insights into these exciting locations. One boy in particular informed his peers that he used to live in France and wanted to write a message in French on the back of the doll. Several other children encouraged him and they each became excited to talk about and share the stories of their families.

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It seemed that on a local level, the decoration process brought out a sense of both collaboration and diversity because the designs were a reflection of these unique and remarkable young people. When a child complimented a doll’s design, he or she was complimenting the child who made it. Considering that sharing and diversity played such an important role in thinking about the designs, everyone was proud to display these self-reflections.

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Wycliffe Daniels, the Director of Development at the Boys and Girls Club commented that he saw kids within the Club making new interactions with each other as well. Youth of different ages and different schools worked together, inspiring one another’s designs and fostering curiosity.

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As a college student, my peers and I are often guilty of closing our minds even in our pursuit of higher education. It is tempting to think that we know it all and that the world is a limited place. But being around these fresh and brilliant minds reminded me of what learning and experiencing is all about. I was astonished by how insightful and motivated these young people were. It was refreshing being around students that were so eager to learn and that were so confident in their questioning.

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The most profound moment, however, was the final “Bon Voyage” ceremony. These young artists had put so much of themselves into their designs that giving the dolls up was a highly emotional moment. Even the older children, who had been more reserved at the beginning of the session, wanted to keep and show off their dolls. But in the end, they courageously decided to pass on their dolls to other children whom they had never met. This act of generosity demonstrated the children’s ability to think in the context of a global community. By giving up their dolls without expecting anything in return, they acknowledged the value in helping others prosper.

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Selfless giving often creates moments of unexpected good. For the children at the Boys and Girls Club, this moment came thanks to the kindness of the first graders at the Girls Prep Lower East Side Elementary School.

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In January, the girls themselves participated with HappyDoll in decorating 74 dolls with the intention of giving them to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. These dolls came as a welcomed surprise to the Boys and Girls Club, who were then given the opportunity to experience a fuller perspective of giving in the most genuine sense of the word."

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We hope Travis' experience gave you an insight into what HappyDoll.org is about!

This event was covered by the local media, The Jersey Journal, took some wonderful photos.

Finally, we would like to send a BIG THANK YOU to the Boys & Girls Club of Hudson County, to the Double Tree Hotel and their volunteers for providing snacks to the children, to our volunteers (Andy and Travis), and last but not the least, to all the children for sharing their creativity and love.

Stay tuned because we’ve got more exciting events coming your way…

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Take HappyDoll to Your Work Place!

Summer is almost over! Here at HappyDoll, we have plenty of updates for you:

A few weeks ago, we visited the kids from the Vacation Bible School at the Metropolitan Methodist Church to make HappyDolls.  It seems like the "vampire" trend hasn't worn out yet! One child made a "Vampire HappyDoll", which playfully bit another...before you know it, many of the HappyDolls had turned into vampires!  We can't wait to send them off to others during Halloween season.

The following week, we made friends with new volunteers through a HappyDoll stuffing session at the senior living center called Atria West 86.    This luxury residence impressed us with their refined facility, quality of care, and the various types of activities the residents partake in such as French class, bingo, and trips to Bloomingdale's.  We made more than 60 blank dolls at this session!

 

Finally, HappyDoll was invited by Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ   to host an event at their annual Take-Your-Children-to-Work Day.  More than 30 children visited the New York and New Jersey office to speak to employees and learn about the bank where their parents and families work.

We thought this would a perfect opportunity for the children to learn that BTMU not only helps people financially but also participates in volunteer work to help out the community. It was so exciting to see many familiar faces from our past stuffing session at BTMU, and to meet their daughters, sons, nieces, and nephews. When the kids found out employees of BTMU have been supporting HappyDoll through stuffing sessions, they were eager to experience the joy of giving just like their parents and family members!

 

As you can see, HappyDolls are made one by one by both adults and children who care for others. We think about the children abroad who will receive these dolls and how it might make them smile a bit wider than the day before. That's why these dolls are not just cotton-stuffed, but also filled with warm thoughts of love!

If you're interested in inviting HappyDoll to your "Take-Your-Child-to-Work" events, please get in touch and we would love to coordinate a fun activity at the office for you and your children to give back to the community together! We also hold HappyDoll making sessions at schools, hospitals, after-school programs, special needs programs, events, birthday parties, and even baby showers. We're always open to suggestions!

A big thank you to  Metropolitan Methodist Church, Atria West86, and BTMU for having us!

Stay tuned! We’ve got more exciting events coming your way…

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