About this project
This 7-inch tall fleece oddity is anything you want it to be! It's handcrafted construction is a rewarding job to those under-represented in the work place. It's a gift, it's an inspiration for the child in you or the child in your life. But, it's nothing without you.
In 4 weeks I will be the proud founder of the Hoosier Made Toy Co. and proud creator of Werzid. I suspect it will one day be comical that in the days before the Kickstarter launch there were zero Google results for "Werzid"!
I was inspired to create this one of kind Toy company, and one of a kind toy, almost mythically. One day it was just all there and the stars aligned. I can't fully explain - but from a friend's post about crocheted toys and a dream of providing a fun, meaningful and engaging job opportunity to disabled Hoosiers - was born Hoosier Made Toy Co and our Werzid.
As a kid who was a regular in a resource classroom, to working with Hoosiers who had handicaps as an instructional aide in my teens and 20's, this community is near and dear to my heart. I've always felt that these individuals were an untapped asset in our community and job statistics show that many capable, willing and hard working individuals are without employment. Hoosier Made Toys wants to change that by provide an adaptive, flexible, fun, and enriching workplace environment.
Werzid is a one-for-one endeavor. It is our greatest wish that every kid who needs a toy - who needs a friend, and a play toy, and something uniquely and truly their own, will receive a Werzid. One purchased, one gifted.
Risks and challenges
This is a first of its kind and there will likely be unforeseen issues. I'm confident that my team and I are prepared to adjust our adaptive work place, process and materials sourcing without compromising our workforce, beliefs and quality. I believe in Werzid. My production staff wants this opportunity to show what they can do, but our biggest challenge will be getting gifted toys in the right hands!
Our next biggest challenge may be delivery after Werzid is introduced to the wild, assuming it’s reception is overwhelmingly well received, translating to lots of desired Werzids. I'm pretty sure that if the goal on Kickstarter gets crushed our lead time might be a little longer than projected!
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