At Pug Story we pride ourselves on being able to make kids smile and give back to those in need, but we need your help. How can you help? By supporting this campaign, so that we can give away Chloey the Pug plush toys to kids when we perform book readings at: children's hospitals, schools, libraries, literacy events and even animal (Pug) rescue events! Thanks to contributions from generous supporters like YOU, in 2012 we were able to launch the Pug Story Children's Line with the publication of our first book, "Chloey's BIG Move," which is now in circulation across the globe. Well...we are back and asking for your help, so that we may continue to make kids smile.
I have seen first hand how much kids love the Pug plush toys I bring with me when I perform a book reading. I have been buying them a few at a time or in very small and expensive quantities. In order to offer Chloey the Pug plush toys to larger groups of kids, I have to order larger volumes. With YOUR kindness, continuing support and a successful campaign, I will finally be able to place a large volume, cost efficient order of plush toys. This will ensure every child who attends a Pug Story book reading or event receives their very own, Chloey the Pug plush toy to love. With the spring and summer months around the corner, Pug Story has already been invited to attend two (family and or animal related) events. So, it is the perfect time for us to increase our stock of plush toys.
I will always remember my Pug Story reading at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. I looked up to see these very brave yet ill kids who were giggling and smiling about Chloey the Pug’s adventures. My heart grew at least two sizes that day! I realized that through Pug Story and its' characters, I was able to help these kids smile and laugh. It was as if they could just be kids again and hopefully, even for a short time, forget about their illness. **Please note that due to privacy laws and respect for these kids no photos or videos were taken. I will have the amazing memory forever, and for that I am grateful.
If I had a nickel for each time a child asked, "Do you have Pug toys I can keep?" I would not need to run this campaign...:) The kids LOVE the few plush toys that I bring to readings, so adding more stock of them would allow me to make sure each child gets one of their own. I watch as the kids take turns cuddling the plush toys and they never want to give them back. When they look up at me, bat their eyelashes and give me that, pretty please look, it breaks my heart to tell them that I have to keep the toys for the next group of kids we visit. Thanks to YOUR support during this campaign, the next time I am asked, "Do you have Pug toys I can keep?" I can say "YES, here you go!"
In fact, at one of my first readings at an elementary school, most of the Pug plush toys I had brought with me went home with the kids. I didn't have the heart to say no when they asked to keep them. That's when it hit me. While the kids really enjoyed the book reading, they were also very excited at the thought of having a tangible and cuddly, Chloey the Pug plush toy of their very own. Being able to give every child a Chloey the Pug plush toy and watch as their faces light up, is worth more than any amount of money I could ever raise. Because that kind of feeling is truly priceless. But since we are living in the "real world," I am asking for financial contributions so I can continue making kids smile. Sometimes we perform readings where some kids may have less means than others. So, taking home a lovable toy of their own can mean so much!
Being invited to read Pug Story at the Chicago Literacy Festival was a great experience and an honor. We were singing, dancing, and counting with the kids and parents in the audience. When people see Chloey the mascot come out shaking her tail and dancing around, laughter inevitably erupts and kids become immediately engaged for the book reading.
Following the reading, I had a chance to meet some of the parents and kids in the audience. The most adorable little girl, about 4 or 5 years old, wanted to know if I had a smaller Pug than the mascot for her, as she pointed her finger up in the air. I couldn't help laughing out loud at how cute she was and I simply told her, "One day we will sweetie." Well, that day has come and with YOUR kindness and support, I will be able to keep my promise to that little girl, and all of the other kids who have asked about Chloey the Pug plush toys.
Each month Pug Story donates 15% of our sales to a designated non-profit spotlighted on our website. In addition, we have a Non-Profits page http://www.pugstory.com/non-profits/ on our website where we offer great deals on products that they can re-sell through their websites or events to raise additional funds for their organizations. Thank you for taking the time to watch our video and read our story. Our Pug Story that is....:)
Risks and challenges
I have been involved in entrepreneurial ventures at the executive level for more than 12 years. Creating and manufacturing products from scratch most of the time. Because I do consider myself to be a very pragmatic and realistic business woman, I know there are always potential pitfalls when working on manufacturing projects. Manufacturing overseas, managing quality control, setting up logistics, and other miscellaneous issues can often arise, causing a shipment to be delayed. That being said, over the years I have learned how to mitigate those pitfalls and I do not foresee any potential problems with this type of project. I have relationships with trusted manufacturers stateside and overseas, logistical teams, and I have already built in extra time for sampling, prototyping, turn around times and final delivery of the plush toys. They are completely safe and have met all of the necessary safety requirements for children's toys in this category. At Pug Story we firmly believe in creating and selling Made in USA products like the books, however at this point we could never afford to make these toys here in the volumes we need without losing money. The hope is that we do ramp up to a point where we can shift back to manufacturing in the states.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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