A heartfelt “Thank-You and Happy New Year” from the My Friend Huggles Family

Children are our most precious gift. They are innocent, adaptive and intuitively trusting. They are our present, our future and our longevity. They deserve our respect, our patience and our commitment. Teaching them fundamental values is one our greatest responsibilities. At My Friend Huggles we’ve started with kindness, gratitude, fairness, honesty, generosity, and cheerfulness. We’ve themed our dolls and social media with these values. We’ve created resources & an on-line community centered on sharing children’s accomplishments and the teaching of character values. 2012 has been a great first year for My Friend Huggles; we couldn’t be happier and more excited about making a difference in the lives of children. Whether you’ve purchased a doll, submitted heartfelt words, shared information or passed on our message ~ we can’t thank you enough! To all of you out there, a huge “Thank You & Happy New Year!” With Love & Huggles, The My Friend Huggles family.

My Friend Huggles Team December 2012Photo: From left to right; Myles, Julia, David, Brenda, Lisa, Vanessa, Jessica, & David.

My Friend Huggles Character Value Contest: Honourable Mentions

Our company-hosted Character Value Contest has been a great success! Parents and care givers, thank you for participating and sharing your children’s stories. Though we received too many to share them all, below are a few that we felt deserved honorable mentions:

A generous little girl who teaches her siblings:

“This is my story about my beautiful daughter Onyx. She is 5 years old and has a bigger smile with an even bigger heart. She has a younger brother 2 and sister 4, which she reads simple basic stories to every night. Every day after school she sits with them and teaches them what she knows. It’s simply amazing! I am so proud of her and my other kids. She is always doing above and beyond for people, even if it’s as simple as getting a spoon for the other when it’s time to eat or helping get them dress. She has received many compliments, always in school, for being a great citizen, teacher’s helper as well as a role model to her fellow students. I am so unbelievably happy to be blessed with her.”

A generous little girl who is charitable:

“I think my five year old daughter deserves a My friend Huggles doll. She is such a sweet child who cares about other children. She helped me go through all of her toys in her room to give to children who need them for Christmas. A few weeks ago she told me her friend fell off the swing at school and she helped her up and gave her a hug because she was crying. She makes me so proud.”

A cheerful little girl which has smiled through many challenges:

“With everything Ulani goes through she always has a smile on her face. When you see her smile anything you are going through or stressing about suddenly doesn’t seem to matter. She has fought through so many obstacles in her short life but she has done it all with a smile on her face and love in her heart!”

A fair little boy who is giving:

“This summer I got invited to a Stampede Party with my 2 children, Malcolm 4 and Rose 2. There were the traditional pancakes and bacon but there were also candies. My son was given a Marshmallow which he had never tried. He bit happily into it and loved it. He then turned around and gave the rest to his sister saying: Have some it is good. I was so impressed that he shared his first ever Marshmallow with his baby sister. You could see on his face he wanted to share the experience of a marshmallow with his sister. He is such a loving kid.”

A kind little girl which is helpful:

“My daughter Madilyn, 5, I have to say has been the most kind, grateful, fair, generous and honest big sister!! Her little sister Clara, now 2, as I am sure most families can relate to is now a terrible two and Madilyn does everything she can to help me and her daddy out. She is also the most patient girl I have ever seen. While Clara is having fits and crying, Madilyn quietly sits and doesn’t get angry with her, and most times will try to make her laugh – which usually works! Madilyn makes my life as a busy mom all that much better by being a great sister and helper to me. I’m sure she doesn’t know it, but she is going to be a great mom someday too. A Huggles could be her own little friend that I know she would take care of with all her little heart (and wouldn’t always have to hear it cry).”

My Friend Huggles Announces its Character Value Contest Winner!

After an abundance of beautiful, heartwarming stories about kind, grateful, fair, generous, honest and cheerful children we have a winner!

A kind little girl who is empathetic:

“When I was picking up my daughter from daycare last week her teacher told me that my daughter, Kelsey is a really good friend to her friends! Her teacher said that when the kids come in & if they are sad that their parents are leaving she’ll take their hand and say “it’ll be ok; they will come back and get you after work”. Kelsey’s teacher said it’s the sweetest thing. That makes me so proud that she is so kind and helpful to her friends!”

Congratulations Kelsey, keep up the great work! Thank-you to everyone who sent in submissions, we deeply value our My Friend Huggles community! Please continue to share and interact with us online and stay posted for future contest news!

My Friend Huggles Contest – 22 days in, 11 to go

My Friend Huggles Contest imageWith an outpouring of heart felt stories about children’s kind, grateful, fair, generous, honest and cheerful acts, we at My Friend Huggles are overwhelmed and humbled by your children’s accomplishments and perseverance. Parents and care givers, thank you for participating in our contest and sending in stories. On December 18th, picking a winner will be a daunting task!

Below are quotes from some of the contest submissions so far. We’ve decided to share these because they send a beautiful message. Sometimes the smallest hearts are the biggest of all.

“…going through chemo treatments…has been real trooper… she loves making things, learning…favorite activity while in the hospital was making dolls… she is a special little girl”

“I know a little girl…who has all the six qualities listed, and she’s humorous…always makes me laugh.”

“It is not the stories that we experience everyday with our girl but the ones people tell us…[she] is compassionate towards others and always has a smile on her face.”

“…she is my daughter, she is my world. We are having a very hard time this year with money…I would love for her to have something special to open that she would love.”

“…we’ve been really struggling… she is so young but understands things are tough…decided she’d try to help Santa, and give some of her old toys and baby toys to other kids so they have a nice holiday.”

“…[she] has been so attentive to our new fur babies [kittens]… reminds her younger sister to be gentle with them as well. It warms my heart to see her being so kind to others.”

“…A few weeks ago she told me her friend fell off the swing at school and she helped her up and gave her a hug because she was crying….”

“while…[her] little sister…is having fits and crying… [she]quietly sits and doesn’t get angry with her, and most times will try to make her laugh…”

“…[he] is my biggest helper…is the first to offer to help her [sister] pick up in her room, make her something to eat, play a game with her…”

“…she’s…sick all the time but she is very kind to others and gives her toys away when a kid she knows has nothing.”

“…so impressed that he shared his first ever Marshmallow with his baby sister…”

“…she regularly helps with laundry and cleanup around the house and is known to give out dozens of hugs a day…”

“Her teacher said that when the kids come in and if they are sad that their parents are leaving she’ll take their hand and say ‘it’ll be ok, they will come back and get you after work’…”

“… She is always willing to help mom and dad by cleaning up her toys and vacuuming with her little plastic vacuum…”

“…She is always willing to help out…in the kitchen. She tells me…’I am a big girl now I can do the dishes all by myself, you can go sit down and relax I will take care of you!’”

“…[she] has a bigger smile with an even bigger heart…has a brother…and sister…Every day after school she sits with them and teaches them what she knows…”

“… She has fought through so many obstacles in her short life but she has done it all with a smile on her face and love in her heart!…”

“…she’s always kind, generous, says ‘Thank you & your welcome.’ She is always cheerful & happy…she is always joyful and laughs and smiles.”