Ontario, Canada – A couple from Milton, a town in Southern Ontario, started a social endeavor called cuddle + kind which aims to give 1 million meals each year to children in need by selling their handmade dolls.
Founded by Jennifer and Derek Woodgate, parent of three young children, cuddle + kind aims to give children meals that will provide the key nutrition necessary for children’s brains to develop fully, help fight disease and reach their full potential.
Each purchase of their handmade dolls will help to feed at least 10 children worldwide. Since their campaign launched in September 2015, cuddle + kind raised $446,000 and serves 62,543 meals to children in need in just 6 weeks. As of today, they have given 1,039,388 meals already around the world.
So what inspired them to start cuddle + kind?
“After having our second child, my wife Jennifer and I watched a documentary on childhood hunger that really affected us. As new parents, we were saddened that in today’s world there are children who struggle with hunger every day. We could not bear the idea that babies were dying from starvation and children all over the world were going to bed with empty bellies. It was that day that we decided we wanted to do something about it; we wanted to act. We decided to create a business that would give back and help fight childhood hunger. We were inspired to create these cuddly hand-knit dolls by watching our children play. We realized it would be powerful if we could develop dolls that a child could love and have those very dolls help feed children in need. Our goal is to be able to donate one million meals annually to children in need,” said Derek.
They indeed help fight world hunger and starvation one doll at a time.
Here’s their story:
Their latest update! Their hand-knit lambs, Sebastian + Lucy, are BACK IN STOCK!