Love, New York

The HappyDolls made by children from JCC, Rutgers Presbyterian Church and schools in North Carolina (Archer Elementary School and Guilford Elementary ) have left New York!! Before leaving the big apple, they decided to take one last tour of the city.

The tour guide is Satomi who visited New York just in time from Toronto! Do you remember her? She was the artist who made the HappyFlowers for our charity concert back in March called Stand With Japan.

Here are the pictures--!

Our HappyDoll member Yasuko and our friend Shiho will be HappyDoll ambassadors, delivering these HappyDolls to schools in Sendai, an area which was greatly effected by the earthquake and tsunami in March.  Hope these HappyDolls will put a smile on the kids' faces...More news to come from these group of traveling dolls!

On a different note, visited St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital to deliver HappyDolls made by children in Haiti.  Here, we participated in their Back-To-School Event and had another HappyDoll Session with Global Kids Connect.

Wonder where they'll be going next! Stay tuned for more exciting HappyDoll news:)

Back to School!

Dylan, Mariah and Charles with their HappyDolls

BACK TO SCHOOL--Summer is officially over!  Seeing the kids walking on the streets today, some kids were clearly excited, waving their spiderman backpacks and skipping as their parents lead them to school. Others were less enthusiastic--yawning and scratching their sleepy eyes as if they already missed the sunny old days when they could sleep-in and watch Spongebob all day.

In our last blog entry, we left you hanging with just one HappyDoll Session. Here's the second session with the lovely children of Rutgers Presbyterian Church!

When we explained to the children that these HappyDolls would travel to children in Fukushima where the earthquake had hit, the children listened silently.  However, as soon as the HappyDoll Session started, they were quick to get to their seats and started making their HappyDolls with excitement in their eyes and big smiles on their faces.

Two friends, Dylan and Charles, making Happy Ninja Dolls

"My Happy Ninja has a happy sword," Charles says. "When it touches people, it makes them happy."  Hearing what Chritstian's ninja can do, Dylan followed quickly, "Well, mine does a happy jump that makes everyone happy and jump around!"

You'll never guess what John called his HappyDoll....Give up? "EYE BALL!" he says, "because he doesn't have any." How beautiful is that?

Nicole on the right named her HappyDoll Julia and wrote a message on the back:

"I hope you enjoy this doll as much as I enjoyed making it. Remember, Julia loves you a lot. She wants to make you really happy"-Nicole

When we asked her what inspired her to make such a lovely doll, she answered, "I just want to make other kids happy because that makes me really happy."

These children were inspiring...As schools open their gates for the beginning of the new school year, we just can't hold our excitement thinking about the children we'll meet next!

Hold your breaths for more beautiful HappyDolls!