October 11th – International Day of the Girl

Girls_dayOctober 11th is the 3rd annual International Day of the Girl Child.  That mean around the world, the United Nations declared October 11th as the official International Observance day to support more opportunity for girls, and increase awareness of inequality that girls live with worldwide based on their gender.

And we can thank Canada!
Canada sponsored the resolution to the UN National General Assembly a delegation of women and girls made presentations at the 55th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

Each year’s Day of the Girl has a theme; the first was Ending Child Marriage, the 2nd, Innovating for Girl’s Education, and this year’s 2014 theme is
Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence.

Team My Friend Huggles is fully behind this amazing initiative and we support the efforts that bring attention to the inequality and challenges faced by girls everywhere, including; access to education, nutrition, legal rights, medical care, discrimination, violence and child marriage.

According to UNESCO, of the almost 800 million adults around the world that cannot read, 64% are women.

Team Huggles applaud the team at  LitWorld For their
10,000 Girls Initiative —LitWorld is a U.S.-based nonprofit on their  campaign to fight illiteracy around the world. They have declared International Day of the Girl to educate 10,000 Girls across the Globe. Their mission: “that 64% will disappear — no matter how long it takes.”  (only 30% of girls in the world are enrolled in secondary school).

So what  can you do?

Call to action #1

Support this LitWorld’s campaign as a tangible, poignant goal for organizations, volunteers and donors who want to get involved but may have not known where to begin.
You can find Lit World Here:  http://www.litworld.org
You can find Global Girls Rising Here: http://globalgirlsrising.org  (Global Girls
Rising, is partnering with LitWorld)

Team Huggles invites you to Celebrate the power and potential of girls!

We Support Plan Canada
Plan Facts
Plan was founded in 1937. Today Plan is one of the world’s largest international development agencies.
Plan is not for profit, independent and inclusive of all faiths and cultures.

Call to Action #2
How to celebrate Day of the Girl
Join the #BrighterFuture movement
We know investing in girls is key to creating a brighter, safer future for everyone. When girls are educated, healthy and informed, they lift themselves, their children and their entire communities out of poverty.
Be part of the global movement! Share a note of inspiration, real or virtual, and create a powerful statement of support for girls’ rights globally.
Find out more Here:
http://becauseiamagirl.ca/dayofthegirl
Call to Action #3
The Day of the Girl Summit

Help bring girls and girl-serving organizations together to celebrate the International Day of the Girl. The Summit has become a movement; a year-long, action-oriented, virtual platform for change makers to leverage community resources in support the advancement of girls’ human rights.
Goal to reach 1,000 Girls no matter where she lives to bet a chance to be part of the IDG 2014 Celebration by: sharing special messages, pictures, photos, or wearing an official IDG t-shirt. She will get to add her voice to over 500 girls at the United Nations on October 10th. And by using the Official IDG 2014 Avatar in her social media, she can show the world how she celebrates Girls’ Human Rights.
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/international-day-of-the-girl-summit-idg2014
Together, we can shine a light on our shared vision and mission of a world where every girl gets to fulfill her potential without oppression, fear or gender discrimination.

“When girls see other girls sharing their stories and speaking up for education, against discrimination, about the needs for equal protection and opportunity for girls everywhere, they see that they can speak up, too. They will add their voice to this growing movement. And they will take action.” Geena Davis Foundation
Remember!!  you can help. Together, we can change the world.

My Friend Huggles Brings Cheerfulness to Haiti!

Big Dolls Making a Big Difference. 

Haiti project photo

This summer, two students at the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy at McGill University found a way to bring My Friend Huggles to people who need them.

With the help of the Institute for Health and Social Policy, they travelled all the way to Haiti to support an ongoing training program that is one of the most important initiatives to train rehabilitation providers. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western hemisphere with 80% of its population of 10 million living in great poverty (PAHO 1998). Haiti also has the lowest level of healthcare spending in the Western hemisphere.

My Friend Huggles dolls allowed them to help teach treatment techniques, so that kids could have access to the healthcare they need. Moreover, the Kira dolls brought a smile to many kids in the rehabilitation room while they were there for therapy.

A little smile goes a long way.

My Friend Huggles can make someone’s day.

Enter your chance to WIN a Kira doll! Click HERE!

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! 

July is Kindness Month – WIN a FREE Lily Doll!

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July is one of our favorite months because of the beautiful weather, and the smiles that come with it. More importantly, for kids, July means summer vacation! That comes with extra time with friends and family, and lots and lots of fun.
There is no better moment than the sunniest month of the year to start your Huggles Challenge, which is why we are super excited to launch KINDNESS MONTH.

Step 1: Discover what it means to be kind
What does kindness mean to you? Talk about it with your friends and family, and see what you come up with. Then share it with the Huggles Community on our Facebook Page or on Twitter!
Tip: Lily says that kindness means be a good listener! Always say please and thank you. Treat others the way you like to be treated. Do you agree?

Step 2: Find new ways to be kind
Wherever you go, and whatever you do, there is always a moment to be kind. You can hold the doors open on the elevator, or ask someone if they need help. Say something nice to someone, and smile when you say thank you. We promise that it gets easy with practice, and will make you feel all warm and fuzzy.

Step 3: CONTEST – Share your kindness story
Once you’ve found a new way to be kind, tell someone how you did it! That way you can share your ideas and help others be kind too! If you’re extra proud of your act of kindness, send us a written story and we can share it with the rest of the Huggles Family. You will then be ENTERED TO WIN A FREE LILY DOLL!

Good luck!!

All rights reserved. Contest starts 17/07/14 and ends 31/07/14. No purchase is necessary. Contest is open to all Canadian & American citizens over the age of 18. Enter online as often as you like. One prize per household. The odds of winning depend on the amount of entries. One winer every month. Approximate 40$ value. The prize is a My friend Huggles Life-size Character Building Doll. The winner will be notified by email. This contest is being held by Great Divide Corp. 5653 Pare, suite 201, Montreal, QC, Canada H4P 1S1

My Friend Huggles is making a difference! Campaign of Hope Progress

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Back in June 2013, MFH launched the Campaign of Hope at the Starlight Children’s Foundation’s Strangers in the Night Gala, where for each doll purchased, we promised to donate a doll to a hospitalized child in need. In addition, we also pledged to donate 1000 dolls to hospitals across Canada. Today, we are pleased to announce that we are officially halfway through our Campaign of Hope! 

Check out the list of hospitals we visited in 2013!

Shriner’s Hospital in Montreal

Montreal Children’s Hospital

St-Justine Hospital in Montreal

Toronto Sick Kids Hospital

IWK Hospital in Halifax

To celebrate this accomplishment, My Friend Huggles President, Brenda Katz, visited the CTV Atlantic Morning Show to talk more about these adorable comfort dolls, the Campaign of Hope and the difference it’s made in the lives of children and their families. Follow the link below to watch it!

http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=218770&binId=1.1145463&playlistPageNum=1

Big Huggle thank you to….

Everyone who helped us make this moving & wonderful journey possible.

All the hospitals who participated in 2013 for opening their hearts and doors to us and all their amazing coordinators and staff for their excellent work and dedication to the well-being of these children.

Most importantly, we would like to extend a truly heartfelt thank you to all the parents and children we met along the way for inspiring us and giving us continued support. 

Thank you all!

Huggle it forward!

Continue to follow our Campaign of Hope on our blog and Facebook page!

 

Stay plugged in to the My Friend Huggles Facebook Page for contests!

Our most recent contest was so much fun! It was great reading the responses and huge thank you goes out to all of you that participated. Stay plugged in to the My Friend Huggles Facebook page for our next contest! 🙂
Photo of two girls with My Friend Huggles dolls.

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

DOUBLE your fun and DOUBLE your sleepover party! Triplets having a sleepover party with My Friend Huggles dolls did just that!

Adorable photo of triplets having a sleepover party with My Friend Huggles dolls

DOUBLE your fun and DOUBLE your sleepover party! Or in this case TRIPLE! Here’s an adorable photo of triplets having a sleepover party with My Friend Huggles dolls. The girls snuggled up with our super soft deluxe blankets and cuddled in for the night with their My Friend Huggles dolls. So cute! Mom & Dad, thank you very much for sharing this picture and girls, hope you enjoyed your popcorn! 🙂

Also in this photo, a sneak peek at Mini Huggles ~ Coming soon to the Huggles family!

Adorable Photo of a child’s ultimate bedtime toy, a cuddly My Friend Huggles Doll.

Nightie night! Thank you for sharing this adorable photo of Olivia sleeping on her sister’s Lily Doll. We never knew a Huggles could substitute for a bed!

Adorable Photo of a child's ultimate bedtime toy, a cuddly My Friend Huggles Doll

Our friend Olivia sleeping on her sisters My Friend Huggles Lily Doll

My Friend Huggles not only teach character values through meaningful play, they are a soft, cuddly, bedtime toy for a child ~ A life-sized doll the size of a toddler, that’s a little one’s secure friend to snuggle and love.

My Friend Huggles was selected for Dr. Toy’s Best Picks Products Award for 2013

My Friend Huggles was selected for Dr. Toy’s Best Picks Products Award for 2013.

Best Picks Dr. Toys 2013 Logo

“The Dr. Toy Award Program was developed by noted play and child development authority, Stevanne Auerbach, PhD, (a.k.a. Dr. Toy) as a service to consumers who desire to purchase safe, affordable, educationally oriented, stimulating new toys and play products for children. This award, which complements the ‘100 Best Children’s Products Awards,’ recognizes educational play products that provide additional resources for consideration and use at home and in school…The report, ‘Dr. Toy’s 100 Best Picks Children’s Products for 2013,’ is being released according to Dr. Toy to ‘encourage parents and teachers to focus on the value of play as essential to the learning process.'” For more information on Stevanne Auerbach, PhD, (a.k.a. Dr. Toy) visit http://www.drtoy.com/about-dr-toy/ and to view Dr. Toy’s 100 Best Picks Children’s Products for 2013 please visit: http://www.drtoy.com/find-toys/?programwon=49&yearwon=2013&completeawardtitle=100+Best+Toys+2013

A Special Friend Brings My Friend Huggles Lily doll to a celebratory ‘Back to University for a Second Year in Nursing Hot Chocolate Tea Party!’

My Friend Huggles Lily doll to a celebratory ‘Back to University for a Second Year in Nursing Hot Chocolate Tea Party!’

“We just recently had a hot chocolate ‘tea party’ to celebrate a friend of ours going back to university for her second year of nursing. I thought I’d attach some pics, as Alexa insisted Lily be involved in the celebration!…I am so impressed with your philosophy. You are doing AMAZING work with your company. So completely inspiring!”

My Friend Huggles Lily doll having a Hot Chocolate Tea Party!

My Friend Huggles Lily doll to a celebratory ‘Back to University for a Second Year in Nursing Hot Chocolate Tea Party!’

We love sharing stories! Thank you so much for taking the time to write us and for sending in these adorable, creative photos. We wish your friend much success in university in her nursing program. Lily is a lucky doll to have such a good little friend like Alexa that includes her in celebrations! ☺