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What's a Werzid? It's a toy that engages users in authentic play.  It's a gift, an inspiration, and a fulfilling job to many people.
What's a Werzid? It's a toy that engages users in authentic play. It's a gift, an inspiration, and a fulfilling job to many people.
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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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    Just want to give us cash!

    We will be eternally grateful... thanks for the awesome gesture! Your name will be written on a sewing machine, and we will talk about you in a favorable way, and wish you really good Karma.

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    "Shark" - Original Werzid

    Hand made, limited edition, first of its kind. Werzid by Hoosier Made Toy Co. (Color Scheme: Dark Gray, white, and red, tough) , YouTube links to games. + One Werzid will be gifted to a kid who needs a toy.

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    "Dolphin" - Original Werzid

    Hand made, limited edition, first of its kind. Werzid by Hoosier Made Toy Co. (Color Scheme: Pink, blues, purple, light and whimsical) , YouTube links to games. + One Werzid will be gifted to a kid who needs a toy.

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    "Just Right" - Original Werzid

    Hand made, limited edition, first of its kind. Werzid by Hoosier Made Toy Co. (Color Scheme: Neutral paterns, neutral colors, can go either way Middle of the road) , YouTube links to games. + One Werzid will be gifted to a kid who needs a toy.

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    Group Play Werzid

    Twice as big as the original Werzid. Customizable colors, choose your school, team, or church's favorite colors. You will also receive one orginal sized matching Werzid + one Werzid gifted to a kid who needs a toy. (Specific color options will be collected once goal is met through personal contact by us.)

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    You got yourself a toy store Huh?

    11 Hand made, limited edition, first of its kind. Werzid(s) by Hoosier Made Toy Co. (Color Scheme: Mix of Shark, Dolphin, and Just right color ways) , YouTube links to games. + 11 Werzids will be gifted to kids who need a toy. Suggested MSRP: $19- $25

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    Grandma's Werzid

    Three times the size of the original Werzid, throw pillow size, customized to meet her color palate in silk and wool. This ain't your backyard variety Werzid. AND, It also comes with a original sized Werzid copy.+ 3 Werzids will be gifted to kids who need a toy.
    (Colors schemes will be worked out with you directly through personal contact once the goal is achieved)

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    Pledge $3,600 or more About $3,600

    A big gift in a small package.

    A miniature werzid. Truly one of a kind. Be the person who bought the Werzid that made it all happen; by purchasing this one and only of it's kind you are helping Hoosier Made Toy Company meet the goal through it's "Hail Mary Series".

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    Donkey sized Werzid

    Yep, you read that right... picture a donkey, but imagine it's a Werzid! We'd be happy to do just about anything within reason if this is your style. We will be in contact with you directly to expedite shipping expense, and design character. Oh, and we'll give a whole bunch of Werzids away > We're not even sure how many gifted Werzids this means, but we're real sure it's a LOT!

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