One fateful day during the summer of 2015, in a daze of confusion and utter awe, I snapped this now viral picture.
Needless to say, the photo sparked a lot of media buzz. A lot of parents loved it and related their own stories of parental mishaps and disasters. It seemed everyone had a story and it was a lot of fun turning the disaster into a conversation that allowed parents to "vent" and have a good laugh. I was up late one night with my newborn when I stumbled upon yet another sight that had featured the photo. As I read through some of the comments there was a particular string of comments that really caught me off guard. Let's just say they were very negative. It was like a gang of cyber bullies just eating it up, saying some of the meanest things I have ever read. As I finished nursing my baby, I looked down at him and wondered what he would be like when he grew up. It hit me in that moment, something I've always known to be true, PEOPLE AREN'T BORN MEAN. Somewhere along the way we can become distracted and lose sight of what's really important. It was in that moment that I was inspired to found a children's company. One that would inspire children to maintain their innate sense of kindness into adulthood, and would empower them to spread that kindness to others. I contacted my friend and now business partner, Jackie Konczol, to help make this dream a reality.
A month later we founded The Doll Kind. We create soft and huggable dolls to team up with your children to be a force for good and inspire them to be kind. What makes the dolls unique are the "kind hearts" they come packaged with, heart tokens with special phrases on them, meant to be shared as a random act of kindness. It is our hope that this will give children a fun and creative way to share kindness with others and will inspire them to give in other ways as well.
The Doll Kind was created by two moms on a mission: to enable and inspire a generation of children in creating a kinder world, one heart at a time.
Our dolls are responsibly made right here in the U.S.A., with love by individuals with disabilities.
We believe in leading by example and as moms, we take that role seriously. That's why for every doll purchased, one will be donated to a child less fortunate.
How it works:
Choose your doll. The Doll Kind dolls are soft and huggable dolls designed to be your child's best friend and companion. They are a symbol of kindness and a reminder to both children and parents to be a force for good. Choose one, or start up a collection. Currently available in three designs available to YOU, first.
Hand out the tokens. Teach your children to give their heart tokens out as an act of kindness. They can share them with anyone they feel inspired to...a waitress, a nurse, a grandparent, or sibling - in secret or not. Get creative and have fun! The special message imprinted on each token, 'Share the Love', will lift spirits and encourage the passing on of this act of kindness. The act of giving out the tokens will inspire your child to do more good, and help them grow into charitable and compassionate adults.
A doll will be donated. For each doll purchased, a doll is donated by The Doll Kind to a child less fortunate. We are passionate in our belief that kindness is as essential as food and water. We want children close to home and around the world to understand that no matter how much or how little one might have, we can all be kind. We have already partnered with organizations like The Ronald McDonald house and The Nepal Orphans home to share the love and give to those in need. Donation sites include orphanages, hospitals, shelters, and more throughout the United States and countries across the world.
We believe in the ripple effect of one small act of kindness. Children will be inspired to share their kindness, and watch that kindness positively affect the lives of others. Your child will bring these moments of happiness and optimism with them into adulthood.
The beauty of our kind mission is the simplicity that is found in it. It doesn't take a lot to be kind, just a little heart.
However, it DOES take more than a doll and heart tokens to change the world. It takes a child with an innate sense of kindness and a parent willing to share and encourage their values. It is The Doll Kind's goal to make your job as a parent easier by bringing greater value to playtime. We want to help you in your efforts to raise children in a better, more kind world. We want to help you empower your children be a part of the change that will create this kinder world. Together, we know that we will make a positive impact.
Please join us on our kind mission to help inspire and empower children close to home and around the world in creating a kinder world, one heart at a time. If you feel inspired by our mission, please share it with others.
Thank you for your support of The Doll Kind.