From Picture to Reality

Now that we were an official business with a bank account and everything, it was time to see if a doll could be made from my guardian angel drawings.  This is what’s known as making a prototype.  First you make a sample doll and then you take that to a factory and they see if they can copy it for mass production.

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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?

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It All Started with Some Drawings

You see, my mom had always told me that my grandpa Al, my mom’s dad, was my guardian angel.  So when I was 8 years old I drew a bunch of guardian angels.  Each angel represents one of my cousins or friend of mine from school.  The one with the stripped shirt and pink skirt is named Ally after me.  My mom loved the drawings so much, we talked about what we could do with them so that other kids might find some comfort from them.

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