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Important Notice for HappyDoll Gala Guests

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3rd Annual Holiday Gala

THANK YOU FOR YOUR RSVP WE CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU!

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10TH 6:30 - 9PM RSVP REQUIRED  1301 6th Avenue (between 52nd & 53rd street) The Cowen Group, 44th Floor Cocktails, Hors d'Oeuvres, Entertainment, Auctions and More! Dress Code: Business Casual

*IMPORTANT NOTICE:

  • please present your ID at the security desk and mention the keyword "HappyDoll."
  • if you haven't made a donation yet to attend the Gala, remember to bring cash, credit card, or check.
  • friends' & guests' names must be submitted by today.
  • we have shared a list of the auction items on our previous blog post, so please have a look!

Thanks to YOUR support our dolls have traveled the world connecting thousands of children with a smile. We look forward to celebrating another successful year with you!

 

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GHANA, HERE WE COME!

The countdown for the GHANA trip has begun!

Plane ticket? Check. Suitcase? Check. Dolls? Absolutely!

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Last month, we launched The Ghana Challenge, a project to deliver 500 decorated dolls to the children in the village of Bognayili. Thanks to the overwhelming support, we were able to raise a grand total of $2,343 for this project!  We are deeply moved by your enthusiasm and kindness.

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Here are some of our friends who joined us to support the project:

● Columbia Business School

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Our HappyDoll Ambassador, Kazushi, and his classmates from the Columbia Business School Executive MBA Program decorated these amazing dolls!  

Jeff Coffey, a student in the program, shared this comment with us: "This was an amazing break during a pretty stressful weekend and that was the best I felt all day…..I guess that experience made everyone's day a little brighter :)" 

Kazushi will actually be joining us in Ghana, where he will help us carry out the decorating session!

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Our Twin HappyDoll Ambassadors, Nithya and Kavya, visited 2 organizations on their travels to India this summer -Valmiki Foundation &  Ashajyothi Foundation- where they hosted a HappyDoll session and delivered decorated dolls from the US.  They brought back over 150 dolls decorated at these institutions in India, which will soon find homes with the children in GHANA.

● We also received many dolls from friends, Etsy supporters, and schools!

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Our friend, Shun, who was visiting from Japan happened to stop by at our office so we asked him and our volunteer, Kazue, to decorate a doll for THE GHANA CHALLENGE!

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Suitcases were donated by our friends Tomoko Torii, President of  Harmony for Peace Foundation, and Min Um-Mandhyan, Development and Communications Director of The NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault.   As you can see, many people have stepped up and joined us to make this project possible. We can't wait to see the look on the children's faces when they receive these dolls full of love and positive messages!

Once again, a big THANK YOU to everyone who supported this project and helped us spread the word.

GOODBYE NEW YORK! GHANA, HERE WE COME!  

Stay tuned for more from HappyDoll!

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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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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…

-Help lift the spirits of children in need by donating to happydoll.org-

HappyDolls take Manhattan!

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On March 9th, we had a special collaborative event with Miki House USA at their store in Bloomingdale's New York!
The event was a huge success with many children visiting the store and creating their very special one-of-a-kind HappyDolls.
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Wouldn't you like to see them in person? Well, it's your lucky day!
These lovely dolls are being displayed on the 8th floor of Bloomingdale's New York,
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AND at the lobby of Child Mind Institute (56th street between Lex & Park) which you will be able to see through the window.
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Take this  opportunity to shop at Bloomingdale's and walk over to 56th street to check out the inspiring HappyDolls decorated by New York kids before the end of the display in mid-April!
When the display is over, the dolls will travel to children across the globe--Wish them bon voyage!
(See here for our last event at Bloomingdale's Aventura in Miami. )
 
Stay tuned because we’ve got more exciting events coming your way…
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HappyDolls Follow the News!

Our friend sent us this very cute photo of two HappyDolls following the news of the newly-elected Pope Francis.image-2 We sent our friend a HappyDoll called Sanyu made in UGANDA.  Inspired, she made a very special New Yorker doll. Meet Ilana, our new HappyDoll and travel buddy for Sanyu! The name means "beautiful" in Hebrew. Together, the two dolls are on their way back to the HappyDoll office now. Where will they go next? Who will they visit? Follow them by typing the HappyDoll ID # on our tracking page: 121728 & 121476.

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Stay tuned for more updates!

Help lift the spirits of children in need by donating to happydoll.org

NEW DATE FOR OUR PARTY:

 Fall Cleaning Party

Sunday Oct 28th from 2:30-5:30 pm

1930 Broadway (btw 64th & 65th), Party Room 3rd Floor

What is Mine, is Yours!

 

$25 tax-deductible donation per person

includes drinks and snacks (cash, checks and credit cards accepted)

Fall is here--Clean out your closet, pick up new wardrobe

And make new friends, all for a good cause!

(Just bring your clean, unwanted clothes, accessories, kitchenware, toys and whatever, only in good condition)

SPECIAL GUEST 

Mimi Johnson (jewelry designer)

We are excited to announce our special guest, Mimi Johnson of Mimi Johnson Design, who will be showcasing her jewelry at the party. Mimi owns her own personal training business Wellmpowered and is a jewelry designer in New York City. You can see her designs at HERE.

10% of the sales will be donated to HappyDoll.org, including preorder sales. Please contact Mimi directly at mimijohnsondesign@gmail.com to place an order prior to the event. Don’t forget to mention that you are a HappyDoll friend!

If you like Mimi’s work please share her website with your friends on Facebook and Twitter @MJHealthStyle. The 50th person to “like” and “comment” on her Twitter or Facebook page will receive one of her signature designs for free!

 

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