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



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.


Read Yukari Hara's Bio HERE

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Traveling Dreams -Sendai to DC-


Mayor Miles and her beautiful daughter & granddaughters

Do you remember the 100 HappyDolls  made last March in Washington DC? These dolls were decorated by 100 children at the National Cherry Blossom Festival. We are so proud to announce that the dolls have traveled over mountains, rivers, and the ocean,  and  arrived in the arms of the children at Muse-no-Yume, a non-profit organization providing art and music programs for special needs children in Sendai, Miyagi, where the tsunami hit in 2011. The dolls arrived just in time for the special music concert celebrating the organization's 5th anniversary.

HappyDoll Session in Washington DC


In return, the Japanese children made 100 HappyDolls to send back to the other side of the globe... According to Muse-no-Yume, making and decorating dolls are therapeutic experiences for many children and families affected by the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami.

Dolls made by children at MUSE NO YUME and local newspaper

Founder and Director of Muse No Yume, Atsuko Yagi

A"Bon Voyage Ceremony” was held during the music concert to send off the newly decorated dolls. It was an emotionally moving ceremony, where 100 Japanese children held their one-of-a kind dolls as they sang together beautifully. What did they sing? A very special original happydoll song composed by New York Artist, Aya Nishina!


The HappyDoll journey doesn't end here! On Martin Luther King Jr. Day,  these dolls traveled from Japan all the way to Washington D.C and visited the children at Chance Academy. On this day, local children gathered  at the performing arts center, Joe's Movement Emporium, to decorate HappyDolls as part of community service in honor of Dr. King.

We had the honor of meeting the President, Ms. Anna Bernanke, and Mayor Miles, Mayor of Mount Rainier MD, and her granddaughters who attend the academy.  Once again, a total of 100 dolls were decorated by the children of Chance Academy and the mayor!

Here's a lovely comment from Anna:

"Having Happy Doll at our event was truly amazing.  It was such a perfect combination of fun and community service.  I am so excited that your work continues to grow and to help children around the world.  Dr. King's message was universal and having an international organization with which to share this dream was especially exciting.  Our MLK Day celebration is an annual event.  I am hopeful that we can have Happy Doll as part of our activities next year! "

HappyDoll Director, Nozomi, with President Anna Bernanke


The journey which began last March in DC seems to have made a full circle...But there's always that same question: Where will these dolls go?

Anna and her friends have a special place in mind for these dolls...Stay tuned to find out!

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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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