Ambassador of Kindness – Contest Winner!

Kindness Ambassador

Congratulations to Kyra from Halifax, Nova Scotia! After having brain surgery she woke up and wanted to start coloring. She colored pages to give to other kids in the hospital to make them happy because everyone should smile. 

Being an Ambassador of Kindness is showing other people you care, and making them feel special.

Kindness month is over, but the Kindness Movement is just beginning. Keep your stories coming, and Huggle it forward!

Check out our facebook page to see how you could be a My Friend Huggles Ambassador too! 

A warm testimonial to My Friend Huggles from the Mom of a hospitalized little girl.

This testimonial came from Melanie Boutlet, Mom of little 3 year old Abygel, after a hospital visit from My Friend Huggles.

Abygael received her doll when she was 2 years old from her grandma. Since that day they are the best of friends, Abygael feeds her, dances with her and sings her songs. Her doll even follows her when she sleeps at grandma’s. After being admitted to the hospital following her accident, her Rubi doll continues to comfort her. She has been here 3 weeks now. – Melanie Boutlet

Thanks so much for taking the time to write to us! We love hearing from parents, grandparents & caregivers and it warms our hearts to know that our hospital doll donations are making a difference.

With Love & Huggles
My Friend Huggles

We have a NEW catalog! Check out the My Friend Huggles collection in our 2013 Holiday Toy and Baby Guide.

2013 Holiday Toy and Baby Guide

The My Friend Huggles 2013 Holiday Toy and Baby Guide

PDF Guide: My Friend Huggles 2013 Holiday Toy & Baby Guide

Check My Friend Huggles in this month’s Creative Play Retailer Magazine.

My Friend Huggles in the October 2013 issue of Creative Play Retailer Magazine.

My Friend Huggles in the October 2013 issue of Creative Play Retailer Magazine.

To read the editorial on My Friend Huggles “Winning customers over…Finally a doll with a purpose.” Check out page 38 of the October 2013 issue of Creative Play Retailer Magazine.

Creative Play Retailer Magazine is a trade magazine covering the children’s retail industry. What makes Creative Play Retailer stand alone is its ability to provide the specialty store market with top rated reviews of products that are endorsed by Creative Child Magazine, parents and educators. This enables the buyer to better understand what the market truly thinks of the products that are presented.

CreativePlayRetailer.com takes Creative Play Retailer Magazine to an additional level by providing buyers of store retailers with more information including news, trends, hot products and more… Source: http://www.creativeplayretailer.com/about

My Friend Huggles in Juneau’s Imagination Station, an Alaskan toy store.

My Friend Huggles in Juneau’s Imagination Station, an Alaskan toy store.

Juneau’s Imagination Station offers games, dolls, arts & crafts, science, active toys, pretend play toys, toddler and infant toys, building toys, and Alaskan toys and books. My Friend Huggles president Brenda Katz was recently there and paid them a visit!

My Friend Huggles predisent Branda Katz outside Juneau’s Imagination Station, Alaska.

My Friend Huggles predisent Branda Katz outside Juneau’s Imagination Station, Alaska.

My Friend Huggles is supporting Dressfest 2013, a charitable gala you wear your wedding dress to!

If you’re in the area, come out for an evening of dining, dancing and support Dressfest, a charitable gala where not only do you get to wear your wedding dress again, but where women unite with their families and friends to celebrate in style and give back to their community. This years’ Gala is in support of the London Regional Cancer Program & Patient Assisatance Program.
My Friend Huggles is supporting Dress Fest 2013, a Charitable Gala where you wear your wedding dress to!

“Our idea came to life when the group of us decided that we spend way too much money on a wedding gown to only wear it once. We thought it would be fun to have a “girls’ night” in our wedding gowns, whether we were married to the dress or not. We could have a few drinks, do some dancing and have a whole lot of fun… and we did!…It is difficult to express the feeling we experienced when staring into a kitchen full of ten brides with smiles on their faces and a song in their hearts. This is what we wanted to share with others.”

The Dressfest committee’s mission is to raise money annually for a good cause that helps their community. This year, My Friend Huggles’ Lily doll and accessories will be present in their silent auction. Awesome idea Dressfest! We love it! For more information on Dressfest 2013 go to: http://dressfest.ca

Announcing NEW 2013 My Friend Huggles Special Edition Dolls

My Friend Huggles NEW Special edition boutique dolls will be arriving in October 2013.
Announcing NEW 2013 My Friend Huggles Special Edition DollsAnnouncing NEW 2013 My Friend Huggles Special Edition Dolls

My Friend Huggles Speciality Dolls will be available in the second week of October in select specialty boutiques. To inquire about where to purchase or wholesale ordering please contact sales@greatdividecorp.com.

Award winning My Friend Huggles, life-size dolls, teaching character values through meaningful play.

My Friend Huggles was featured in the Westmount Examiner outside of local toy store Oink Oink.

My Friend Huggles was featured in the Westmount Examiner outside of local toy store Oink Oink.My Friend Huggles was featured in the Westmount Examiner after taking part in a large street festival this past September. Oink Oink, a boutique that sells My friend Huggles dolls, was one of the retailers celebrating the re-opening of their town’s main shopping street. Re-opening a main street brings busy days for a popular toy retailer. Previous to the festival and during, many have shopped at Oink Oink, from local citizens to celebrities (this summer celebrity Halle Berry stopped in to purchase two My friend Huggle Kira dolls from Oink Oink!). Oink Oink, A store. A Fantasy. For boys & girls of all ages, is located at 1343 Greene Avenue, Westmount, QC.

During the festival My Friend Huggles had their Huggle mobile parked out front of Oink Oink, giving away a My Friend Huggles Cool Cuff for each doll purchased at the Huggle Mobile, running a colouring contest to win a free Huggle and interacting with families.

My Friend Huggles had their Huggle mobile parked out front of Oink Oink.

My Friend Huggles Mimi was there when a special little girl in CHU Sainte-Justine got a visit from the Montréal Allouettes.

The famous Montréal Allouettes recently visited CHU Sainte-Justine, Mother and Child University Hospital Centre. During the visit one little girl had My Friend Huggles’ Mimi doll keeping her company in bed. It’s absolutely wonderful and kind when celebrities and sports figures take the time to lift the spirits of kids. Giving courage and confidence. Way to go Allouettes!!!

My Friend Huggles life-sized, plush dolls are themed to teach young children character values ~ Mimi’s theme is confidence.

My Friend Huggles Mimi was there when a special little girl in CHU Sainte-Justine got a visit from the Montreal Allouetteshttp://www.lapresse.ca/videos/sports/201309/24/46-1-les-alouettes-donnent-des-ailes-aux-enfants.php/9fe1eb044aa1409ba802ce5de57045bd

My Friend Huggles and their Huggle mobile in front of their Montréal retailer Oink Oink during a local street festival.

My Friend Huggles’ Huggle mobile in front of their Montreal retailer Oink OinkMy Friend Huggles was giving out one free cool cuff for every doll purchased at Oink Oink at the Huggle mobile during a large street festival this past Saturday. They also had a coloring contest to win a free Huggle! Oink Oink, A store. A Fantasy. For boys & girls of all ages, is located at 1343 Greene Avenue, Westmount, QC.

My Friend Huggles at CHU Sainte-Justine, giving a feeling of safety and comfort to in children in hospitals.

Last week as part of our Campaign of Hope, we did a gifting of dolls at CHU Sainte-Justine, Mother & Child University Hospital Center. CHU Sainte-Justine is the largest mother and child centre in Canada and one of the four most important paediatric centres in North America.

My Friend Huggles at CHU Sainte-Justine
My Friend Huggles at CHU Sainte-JustineMy Friend Huggles at CHU Sainte-JustineThe My Friend Huggles Campaign of Hope has given hundreds of hospitalized children the feeling of safety and comfort.

Shriners Hospital for Children – Using My Friend Huggles dolls to teach the scary process of operation and what a young child will expect.

Shriners Hospital for Children – using my Friend Huggles dolls to teach the scary process of operation and what a young child will expect.

Shriners Hospital for Children — Canada, located in Montreal-Québec, provides world-class care to children from across Canada. They treat children with a host of orthopaedic and neuromusculoskeletal disorders in a family-focused environment that puts children at ease. Every member of their staff, from surgeons to therapists, nurses to orthotists, are committed to helping children improve their quality of life and achieve as much independence as possible.

If your child needs to have an operation, there will be plenty of questions, concerns and fears on their part. At Shriners Hospital for Children they will be working with donated My Friend Huggles dolls to demonstrate procedures by using the large dolls as an aid to explain the scary process of operation and what a child will expect. With operations, your child’s age and developmental level play an important part in what they will deem scary but we hope having a happy, friendly-faced My Friend Huggles doll to aid in the process of explanation, their fears will be lessoned.

We are so happy our dolls are being used in such a special roll and it’s with great pride and love for these courageous kids and the upmost respect and admiration for the staff at the Shriners Hospital for Children that we share where our dolls are being loved. 🙂

Kids at Shriners Hospital for Children were the first recipients of the “Huggle it Forward Campaign of Hope” where every doll My Friend Huggles sold at Strangers In The Night 9 (a unique charity gourmet gala to benefit Starlight Children’s Foundation Québec), a second was gifted to a child in need.

My Friend Huggles and Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada are giving 1000 dolls to sick kids in children’s hospitals nationwide. Spreading smiles, love, and laughter where it is needed most. Love in Action

Shriners Hospital for Children: My Friend Huggles and Starlight Children’s Foundation’s first stop in a campaign to gift 1000 dolls to sick kids in children’s hospitals nationwide.

Shriners Hospital for Children — Canada, located in Montreal-Québec, provides world-class care to children from across Canada. They treat children with a host of orthopaedic and neuromusculoskeletal disorders in a family-focused environment that puts children at ease. Every member of their staff, from surgeons to therapists, nurses to orthotists, are committed to helping children improve their quality of life and achieve as much independence as possible.

Kids at Shriners Hospital for Children were the first recipients of the “Huggle it Forward Campaign of Hope” where every doll My Friend Huggles sold at Strangers In The Night 9 (a unique charity gourmet gala to benefit Starlight Children’s Foundation Québec), a second was gifted to a child in need.

My Friend Huggles and Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada are giving 1000 dolls to sick kids in children’s hospitals nationwide. Spreading smiles, love, and laughter where it is needed most. Love in Action 🙂

My Friend Huggles Press Release: A Doll with a Purpose

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This “Campaign of Hope” will continue into the US hospital through the affiliated branches of The Starlight Children’s foundation. In order to raise awareness for our cause, we would be extremely grateful if you could follow our journey throughout this campaign as we spread hope one Huggle at a time.

TB1 from Montréal radio station 92.5 (the beat) hanging out with My Friend Huggles

My Friend Huggles and TB1-(T-Bone) from Montreals 92.5Local personality TB1 (T-Bone) from Montréal radio station 92.5 (the beat) took some time last week to hang out with My Friend Huggles. 92.5 The Beat is Montreal’s Feel Good Music station, featuring adult pop music and Cat & Sarah in the morning, Donna Saker during the day and Cousin Vinny live from Montreal. www.925thebeat.ca/‎

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