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.

Adorable photos of 3-year old twins playing with My Friend Huggles twin dolls, Myles & Mimi

Adorable photos of 3-year old twins playing with My Friend Huggles twin dolls, Myles & Mimi! Thanks for sharing 🙂
My Friend Huggles dolls are themed to teach young children character values. My Friend Huggles Myles teaches Courage and Mini teaches Confidence.
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My Friend Huggles went live on TSN Radio 990 to talk about their Campaign of Hope inspired by a 5 year-old boy with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

Earlier this month My Friend Huggles went live on TSN Radio 990 with five-year-old Liam Armstrong’s Mom (Jackie) to talk about their Campaign of Hope. My Friend Huggles Campaign of Hope is a campaign to gift 1000 My Friend Huggles dolls to Starlight Children’s Foundation, who will distribute them nation-wide to children’s hospitals.

Host John Bartlett (the Voice of the Montreal Canadians) chatted with My Friend Huggles for a 30 minute interview about Huggles, their gifting to Children’s Hospitals, their connection to Starlight Children’s Foundation and Strangers In The Night 2013, which kicked-off The Campaign of Hope.

Inspiration for this campaign came from Liam Armstrong, who was diagnosed with ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) in January 2010. With ALL, malignant, immature white blood cells continuously multiply and are overproduced in the bone marrow. To fight this, Liam has had to endure countless obstacles. What is inspirational about this little boy is that he has manages to laugh and smile through it all. My Friend Huggles saw this firsthand when company president Brenda Katz visited Liam and his Mom in the hospital this past December. My Friend Huggles was so moved by this courageous little boy and by his attachment to the doll that was gifted to him during the visit that soon after, plans for a campaign to gift more My Friend Huggles dolls was in the works.
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My Friend Huggles brought 5 dolls to gift to the first 5 people who called into the TSN Radio 990 station-pTo involve the local community in their campaign, My Friend Huggles brought 5 dolls to gift to the first 5 people who called into the TSN Radio 990 station, then, they went a step further and donated 5 dolls on behalf of each caller! Host, John Bartlett was so supportive he purchased a Mia doll for his niece.

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All of us at My Friend Huggles had a fantastic time and we can’t thank the staff of TSN Radio 990 enough for such a fun visit!

Touching the hearts of children and spreading smiles, restoring comfort and hope. My Friend Huggles large, plush dolls are life-sized for a toddler and will be the cuddly companion for many hospitalized children. My Friend Huggles will continue media coverage of this beautiful campaign through their blog and social media sites. For information on how to support Starlight Children’s Foundation please visit Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada

 

Picking a toy that has longevity, advice from a Mom that has seen them all.

What do you look for in a toy or doll purchase? Which are the toys that are not merely dust collectors but have the potential to become family heirlooms? My children are now twelve and fourteen and I can assure you the products that moved through my house were numerous. Blocks, cups, trains, trucks, cars, planes, animal sets, people, babies, puppets, plastic food and the list could go on. Endless amounts of stuff. Numerous gifts, purchases, all given with the hope that the money spent would be of value and contribute to my son or daughters life. Continually I hunted for items that would entertain my kids, make them happy, make them feel, provide them with skills and make them think. All the stuff we sign up for right? All the things we vow to do as good parents. Well, looking back I find myself wondering if somewhere along the line we’ve lost the simplicity of what a child needs and wants. I write this, because of all the items my husband and I purchased, the simplest toy had longevity above all others.

To this day a life-size monkey graces our family’s memory chest. Denny, as we called him, was carried everywhere for several years, was the constant companion our boy watched TV with and was the friend that was snuggled up beside him in bed for eight years. Still now, when I see that monkey I can see my son’s sweet little face asleep beside him, his small arms wrapped tightly around his neck – for this visual Mom, irreplaceable, reoccurring memories. So I ask again, what do you look for in a toy or doll purchase and which are the toys that have the potential to become family heirlooms? This Mom can recommend you look for a life-size, plush, cuddly companion for your son or daughter. My son had his monkey; I only wish My Friend Huggles life-sized, plush dolls were around when my daughter was little.

A Huggles Mom