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For each Smile 2 Smile Buddy sold, we gift one on your behalf to a vulnerable child. Handcrafted in rural Haiti. Get One, Gift One.
For each Smile 2 Smile Buddy sold, we gift one on your behalf to a vulnerable child. Handcrafted in rural Haiti. Get One, Gift One.
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SMILE 2 SMILE: SHARE THE HAPPINESS

“We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do”                                                                                     -Mother Teresa 

First Smile 2 Smile Gifting Trip to Haiti, April 2014 ©Smile2Smile
First Smile 2 Smile Gifting Trip to Haiti, April 2014 ©Smile2Smile

Smile 2 Smile is a social enterprise dedicated to sharing the joy and playfulness that is central to childhood. Through its ‘Share The Happiness’ program, Smile 2 Smile invites you to connect with a less fortunate child in a meaningful and uplifting way, creating an invisible bond that promotes happiness, sharing, friendship, compassion and global awareness. 

With the sale of each limited-edition Buddy or Baby Buddy, we will gift another unique and colourful Smile 2 Smile Buddy on your behalf to a child in need. Smile 2 Smile is proud to offer an outstanding product your little ones will love and cherish, along with an uplifting opportunity to make a global connection and create social awareness.  

Smile 2 Smile Founder Mélissa with our little Ambassadors ©ElzaPhotography
Smile 2 Smile Founder Mélissa with our little Ambassadors ©ElzaPhotography

In addition to brightening the day of a child in need, your pledge also actively supports mothers of the community of Hinche, Haiti. By setting up our first production studio in this rural town, we strive to empower local women by providing them with a fair and reliable income, a safe work environment and ongoing training to further their professional growth. This also benefits their families and the local communities.  

Artisan Mrs. Éveline during training at the new S2S studio in rural Haiti ©Smile2Smile
Artisan Mrs. Éveline during training at the new S2S studio in rural Haiti ©Smile2Smile

Smile 2 Smile presently offers 2 different lines of beautiful, high-quality handcrafted products: the original Buddy and the Baby Buddy. The original Buddy is most attractive for children from 4 to 9 years old. The Baby Buddy is better suited for little ones under 4 years of age, as it has a soft, blanket-like "body" and safe embroidered features. They are made of Canadian-sourced fabrics, chosen for their bright, cheerful patterns and colours.

Buddy

Buddy was the very first S2S product to be developed. Although its final design has been refined since the early days, the Buddy’s creation was instinctive and heart-felt. Children love Buddy’s unique features: very long arms for hugs (and to drag Buddy along or throw him around!), big floppy ears to listen to secrets, a round, huggable body and a fashionable bow. Buddy is made of colourful 100% cotton fabric and stuffed with 100% polyester. The eyes and nose are safely embroidered.

'Anatomy Of A Buddy' ©LittleStarchild
'Anatomy Of A Buddy' ©LittleStarchild

Baby Buddy

Smile 2 Smile’s Baby Buddy is specially adapted for babies. The Baby Buddy features a soft, blanket-like body which a baby can easily hold and cuddle up to. Its facial features are embroidered for increased safety. Baby Buddy embodies the same details children love about the original Buddy: long arms, an adorable face, big ears and a cute bow. The unique design, stimulating contrast in fabric texture and vivid colours make Baby Buddy an irresistible gift choice for newborns and toddlers alike. Baby Buddy is made of 100% cotton and 100% polyester fabrics and stuffed with 100% polyester.

BUDDY

BABY BUDDY

Over the past two years, the Smile 2 Smile Ambassadors have met many incredible children, both in Haiti and at home in Canada. These children’s great energy, positive outlook and contagious happiness continue to inspire our mission each and every day, and it is a great honour to name the Buddies from our new collection after them!

Little Arthur, Haiti,  April 2014 ©Smile2Smile
Little Arthur, Haiti, April 2014 ©Smile2Smile
The lovely Leagh, Toronto, April 2015 ©ElzaPhotography
The lovely Leagh, Toronto, April 2015 ©ElzaPhotography

Since 2014, Smile 2 Smile has distributed over 250 Buddies to children in hospitals and orphanages across Haiti, collaborating with established organizations such as Partners in Health and Maison L'Arc-En-Ciel. In each hospital and orphanage we visited, we spread happiness, love and friendship. From the AIDS orphans at MAEC to the sick children in the hot, overcrowded rooms of St-Marc's hospital, we saw big, bright smiles illuminate the faces of the little ones.

Sharing Happiness with the children of MAEC, a home for HIV/AIDS orphans in Haiti, April 2014  ©Smile2Smile
Sharing Happiness with the children of MAEC, a home for HIV/AIDS orphans in Haiti, April 2014 ©Smile2Smile

This is the experience we wish to bring back to you, so you may in turn share the stories with the children in your lives. Smile 2 Smile is proud to offer you an outstanding product, but also an uplifting opportunity for social awareness and global connection.

©ElzaPhotography
©ElzaPhotography
Connecting children through play and imagination ©ElzaPhotography
Connecting children through play and imagination ©ElzaPhotography
©Smile2Smile
©Smile2Smile

Every Smile 2 Smile Buddy has a story, and it all begins at our production studio in Central Haiti. Smile 2 Smile employs low-income mothers from the small rural town of Hinche, providing them with ongoing training, a safe work environment and fair wages. We are proud to offer these talented artisans the opportunity of full-time employment, as a dependable and regular income makes a tremendous impact on the lives of their families and their communities. Each limited-edition Buddy we produce through this Kickstarter campaign will be cut individually with precision and carefully stitched by our team of artisans, resulting in uncompromised quality and detail. From the first cut of the scissors to the moment it makes its way to the loving arms of children near and far, each Buddy tells a story of connection, compassion, dignity and happiness.

A Baby Buddy finished by hand with love and care by our artisan Mrs. Gérilia ©Smile2Smile
A Baby Buddy finished by hand with love and care by our artisan Mrs. Gérilia ©Smile2Smile

There are many way to Share The Happiness with Smile 2 Smile. If you love our mission and wish to contribute, become one of our Ambassadors by sharing our story and our campaign with your friends and family! Follow the sharing link at the top of this page (below our video) to let others know about Smile 2 Smile.

Share the magic with us! ©ElzaPhotography
Share the magic with us! ©ElzaPhotography

 Is the Buddy/Baby Buddy safe for my child?

We craft all of our toys with the utmost care, using small stitches and strong thread. The ears, tail, arms and feet have all been triple-stitched for increased durability and safety. Each Buddy’s bow is firmly hand-stitched and its facial features are safely embroidered by our artisans. Adult supervision is recommended at all times.

How do I clean my child’s Buddy/Baby Buddy?

We recommend spot cleaning your Buddy with a mild detergent and a damp cloth, to preserve the beauty of its high quality fabrics. However, it can also be machine washed with care, if necessary. We recommend a delicate, cold water cycle and the use of a mild detergent. Place your Buddy in a light-coloured pillow case to wash. Do not machine dry.

Do you offer a quality warranty?

Smile 2 Smile strives to offer products of impeccable quality. However, should you encounter any quality issues with your beloved Buddy or Baby Buddy, please contact us at info@smile2smile.co and we will gladly arrange for its repair or replacement.

Can I get more information about the child to whom I gifted a Buddy?

Because Smile 2 Smile as well as the various health providers who assist us in gifting Buddies wish to protect the children’s privacy, we unfortunately cannot provide our customers with information about the children who receive the toys. When possible and appropriate, we try to capture all the joyful moments and beautiful smiles, and share them with you on our website, Facebook and Instagram pages.  

Why Haiti?

Smile 2 Smile founder Melissa Calixte has special ties to Haiti, as part of her family is from a small town off the western coast of the island. More importantly, the people of Haiti have shown an indisputable spirit in the face of adversity, and we aim to honor that resiliency and positive attitude by making Haiti a central part of both our gifting program and production process. Our trips to Haiti in the past few years have taught us so much about the true meaning of community, support, happiness and dignity, and we are proud to work closely with Haitian families and communities to broaden and deepen our social impact.

When will the Buddies be gifted in Haiti?

Since initiating the Share The Happiness program, Smile 2 Smile has gifted to vulnerable children once annually, typically in the spring/summer. As we grow and have even more Buddies to gift, we will be working closely with various local health and community organizations to distribute toys year round. We will keep you updated on all our gifting events and partnerships.

Will you work with other countries internationally in the future?

We dream of sharing happiness with children all over the world, and Haiti is just our first stop. We intend to broaden our reach and share even more smiles and happiness around the globe!

Risks and challenges

With Smile 2 Smile’s new production being offshore, we run the risk of experiencing delays in production and shipping. Though some variables are out of our control (extreme weather, political complications, etc), we will do everything in our power to ensure that you receive your order on time. We have already scheduled a mid-production visit of the new facilities, which will help us uphold high quality standards and foresee any issues that may arise prior to your order being shipped out to you. All S2S Buddies will be checked by both our production manager and our founder for quality control before they reach your door.

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    Virtual High Five!

    Thank you for supporting Smile 2 Smile’s mission of sharing happiness with children here and abroad! Your name will feature on the Real-Life Buddies page of our official website.

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    In addition to your name being featured on the Real-Life Buddies page of our website, you will receive a handwritten Smile 2 Smile postcard signed by our founder.

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    Smile 2 Smile Share The Happiness T-Shirt

    Receive a special edition Smile 2 Smile t-shirt, in your choice of colour and size (kids and asult sizes available). Your name will also be featured on the Real-Life Buddies page of our website and you will receive a handwritten S2S thank you postcard signed by our founder.

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    Early Buddy/Baby Buddy

    Get first pick - and save on regular pricing - from our new collection of handcrafted Buddies and Baby Buddies. Your Buddy will be delivered to your door in Smile 2 Smile’s signature cotton gift bag.
    This reward level is part of our Get One, Gift One program! With your purchase, Smile 2 Smile will gift another Buddy on your behalf to a vulnerable child on our next Gifting Trip (Summer 2016)
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    Smile 2 Smile Buddy/Baby Buddy

    Choose from our upcoming collection of handcrafted Buddies and Baby Buddies. Your Buddy will be delivered to your door in Smile 2 Smile’s signature cotton gift bag.
    This reward level is part of our Get One, Gift One program! With your purchase, Smile 2 Smile will gift another Buddy on your behalf to a vulnerable child on our next Gifting Trip Summer 2016)
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    Personalized Buddy/Baby Buddy

    Choose from our upcoming collection of handcrafted Buddies and Baby Buddies, and we will make your new friend even more special! Our artisans will embroider your child’s name (or your own!) on Buddy’s tail, for a truly unique and personalized gift. Your Buddy will be delivered to your door in Smile 2 Smile’s signature cotton gift bag.
    This reward level is part of our Get One, Gift One program! With your purchase, Smile 2 Smile will gift another Buddy on your behalf to a vulnerable child on our next Gifting Trip (Summer 2016)
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    Exclusive Buddy Bundle

    You love all the Buddies and can’t pick just one? With this Buddy Bundle, you will receive your choice of any two Buddies (or Baby Buddies) and two Smile 2 Smile special edition t-shirts (kid’s or adult’s). Your Bundle will be delivered to your door in Smile 2 Smile’s signature cotton gift bag.
    This reward level is part of our Get One, Gift One program! With your purchase, Smile 2 Smile will gift 2 Buddies on your behalf on our next Gifting Trip (Summer 2016)
    To embroider a name on your Buddy’s tail, please pledge an extra $15 per Buddy.
    You can add any Buddy to your order for an additional $75 and any t-shirt for an extra $20.
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    Name-a-Buddy Package

    With this very special reward, you get not one, but two Smile 2 Smile Buddies! The best part? You get to name one of the adorable Buddies from our 2016 collection after yourself or someone dear to your heart!
    You will also recieve one of the Buddies from our current collection, so you can share in the happiness right away!
    This reward level is part of our Get One, Gift One program! With your purchase, Smile 2 Smile will gift 2 Buddies on your behalf on our next Gifting Trip (Summer 2016)
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    Founder’s Club Recognition Package

    We cannot thank you enough for your generous contribution! To show our appreciation, your name will be immortalized on a plaque outside our new production studio in Hinche, Haiti. In addition, you will receive your own personalized Buddy, one Smile 2 Smile t-shirt, a signed Smile 2 Smile postcard, your name on Smile 2 Smile’s Founder’s Club Recognition website page, and a digital photo souvenir album from the 2016 Gifting Trip.

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    Haiti 2016 Gifting Trip Package

    Pack your bags! You are flying out to Haiti for the weekend (4 days) with the Smile 2 Smile team for our 2016 Gifting Trip! You will get to participate in the annual Buddy distribution to the children who benefit directly from our Get One Gift One program. The team will also take you on a visit to the Smile 2 Smile studio, where you will meet our artisans. And to further thank you for your invaluable contribution, we will treat you to a day on one of Haiti’s gorgeous beaches!
    This ultimate Package also includes your own personalized Buddy, one Smile 2 Smile t-shirt, a signed Smile 2 Smile postcard, your name on both the Founder’s Club Recognition Plaque and website page, and a printed photo souvenir album from the 2016 Gifting Trip.

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