It's All for a Good Cause
While my dad was taking care of all the paperwork, my mom and I were working out how our company could help other kids. When we decided to make guardian angel dolls, we wanted it to be more than just another doll. We wanted to create a way that these angels could be brought to life, so to speak. How could we enable them to help? After all, isn’t that what we think of when we hear “guardian angel”? Isn’t an angel meant to bring comfort, make us feel that someone has our back? How could these angels help kids? (that last part is from our brochure)
The first thing we thought about was helping kids in hospitals. My mom is from Pittsburg and one of the leading transplant hospitals for children is in Pittsburg. So we thought, wouldn’t it be great if each kid having transplant surgery got a doll? But then we thought that was too specific to just the Pittsburg area. Some people in Arizona might want a doll to go to a kid in an Arizona hospital. So then we thought about all the different children’s hospitals all over the country. But that was too big. How were we going to be able to get every kid in every hospital a doll?
So how do we get kids involved in helping other kids? We decided that each kid that gets a guardian angel doll also gets a secret code with that doll. That kid gets to go on our website to register their doll and then they get to pick the charity that they want the money to go to. Then we send that money to that charity. The kid can feel like their angel has their back while they get to have another kids back.
Now there is some more legal stuff you have to do. You can’t just say, “we’re going to give some money to charity”. You have to have a legal agreement with each charity that you want to associate with. There was one other charity that we wanted to use as a donation choice, but they said we had to guarantee them $250,000 to be associated with them. So instead of 4 charities we have 3. But we have 3 great charities that cover 3 different ways to help kids.