Cuddle and kind, what a unique way to help!
Cuddle and kind, what a unique way to help!
To preface this blog, I want to let you all know that all of this information has come from the website for this company, cuddleandkind.com. We happened to stumble upon these dolls and decided that it was something that we wanted to support and thought was an amazing way to help change the world. Cuddle and Kind is a doll company that for every doll that gets bought, they donate 10 meals to a child in need. The family that started this company is a family of 5 and they knew that nurturing their kids is the most important, rewarding, and sometimes challenging job in the world! This is the heart behind their mission and why they decided to start this company!
Did you know that 66 million primary school-aged children attend class hungry every day? Also, that 45% of deaths in children under 5 are caused by poor nutrition. This means that 3.1 million children die each year because they do not have enough food. This is a lot of preventable deaths. Giving meals to children can help them fight disease, develop cognitively, receive an education, perform better in school, earn more as an adult, break the cycle of poverty, and reach their full potential. The company is wanting to donate 1 million meals a year! So far, they have donated 5,073,949 meals to different areas across the world. Where are these meals going and what are they doing for the children getting them? Well, first off, we need to define a term. This term is food insecurity. A quick google search and it tells me that food insecurity is the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. This means that these kids don’t know where their next meal will come from, or even if they will have the next meal. In Canada, over one million children live in food insecure households. One in five is at risk of starting the school day on an empty stomach. The dolls here are providing children with a nutritious breakfast, giving them the energy to learn at school. Here nationally, in the USA, 16 million children live in food insecure homes. The meals here are helping provide meals through local food banks and nutritious food packs to families with children who are acing hunger regularly or for the first time. In Peru, there are 60 children who receive school meals 5 days a week while some families in need also. In Haiti, there are a few orphanages that feed 150 children. These children get all their food provided for them. Worldwide, there are 60 countries across the world that cuddle and kind are able to help. Your purchase helps feed children nutritious lunches in schools. School meals have proven to increase attendance, improve performance, and allow more girls to receive an education in poverty-stricken area. Most girls and females around the world are unable to get an education because they have to stay home and help with the family. Having food in these schools that the children might be going to is encouraging more people to send their kids to school because they know that they are getting a meal, but they are getting an education and are helping break the cycle of poverty all because of meals.
There are 5 values that this company lives by. The first is nutrition. Every child deserves enough food to eat and the opportunity to thrive. It’s what motivated the company to donate 10 meals from the purchase of every doll. The second value is education. Every child deserves an education and needs the energy to learn. This is why they believe in and support school meals programs around the world. The third is the opportunity. Children deserve the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty they were born into. Good nutrition and an education are the keys to this opportunity. The forth is empowerment. Girls and women should be empowered. Childhood hunger and malnutrition disproportionality affect girls. School meal programs help increase the number of girls who are sent to school to get both a meal and an education. The last one is fairness. Fairness and decency should be a part of all the products we make. We are committed to ethical production, which means all our artisans are empowered with equitable sustainable employment and paid a fair trade wage.
Another cool thing that this company does is they employee over 750 talented artisans with sustainable, fair trade income. These dolls are handmade with the best quality natural cotton. They are stylish. They are safe. They meet or exceed the USA and Canadian safety standards. They are non-toxic. They are embroidered by hand. Super soft and cuddle and also you are doing good when you purchase a doll! These dolls are employing women who live in more rural areas. They are able to work flexible hours and are paid fairly for their work. This is such a beautiful way to change lives in people.
This is a great company and you can see the heart behind all the work that they are doing to help change the world. Want more information? Click HERE for the website! Also, the company put out this cute video. Click HERE to watch the video on this company.
Pictures were personally taken or taken from their website.