Help us make Albert -- a new monster that spreads acts of kindness all over the world! Read more
This project was successfully funded on June 12, 2013.
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Our children face a barrage of bad news every day: the bombing in Boston, the school shooting in Connecticut, the kidnapping in Cleveland. If we aren't careful, our children will end up with a cynical and negative view of the world.
We believe the answer is kindness.
For the past three years our family has tried to create a better world by spreading thousands acts of kindness all over the country. We do this through stuffed monsters called Promise Monsters.
Here's what we're all about (be sure you watch the video at the top and the silent movie further down):
Promise Monsters is a family-run, small toy company that makes stuffed monsters that spread kindness. Every one of our monsters comes with a Monster Mission - a fun and sneaky act of kindness for you to complete. When you finish your act of kindness, we mail you an awesome reward!
All of our monsters are made by us, right here in the USA. We do all of our own manufacturing.
Every time someone buys a Promise Monster, and opens their monster mission, a new act of kindness is released to the world. It might be to hand-write a letter of kindness, to bake cookies for a secret friend, or to spread kindness through a chain letter - we have dozens and dozens of different missions, all sneaky and all focused on creating kindness.
Here are just a few examples of awesome people that have completed their Promise Monster's kind mission:
And don't forget, when you finish your mission, you get to pick a reward on our website. These are real rewards - not virtual gifts or codes for online games.
Oh - did we mention that all of our monsters are made by us, right here in the USA? And that we support small, local businesses whenever possible? From our tags to our fabrics to the toy stores that carry our lines, we support what you support.
THE CURRENT PROMISE MONSTERS
We launched Promise Monsters in May 2012, and we now have six different monsters available: Frank, Spike, Squiggly, and 3 Smarshmallows (those are our furry, cute, smaller monsters). All of our monsters are kind, and all of them are based off drawings by our kids.
Right now we are a small company - our monsters are sold on our website and at about a dozen independent toy stores and gift shops in Indiana and Michigan.
But we want to do even more! We want to spread thousands and thousands of acts kindness - all over the country, and all over the world. We want people to realize the power of a small, kind act. And we need your help. We are going to create a new monster - Albert - with all new acts of kindness, and launch him all over the country.
WHAT WILL WE USE THE MONEY FOR?
To create Albert and his kind missions!
We already have an operating shop in Indianapolis, where we employ several people who sew our monsters with love (Hi Wendy, Carolyn, Colleen, Maria, Marie, and Erin!). And we already have a process in place for design, packaging, and distribution. But to create enough Alberts to spread all this kindness, and to keep on manufacturing in the USA, we need additional (and more modern) equipment and supplies. Specifically, we need an industrial embroidery machine, more modern sewing machines, a cutting machine, and better packaging.
Making our monsters in the USA is difficult, but we are committed to keeping the jobs local. We will also support Albert's launch with a kind and fun marketing campaign, sales efforts, and we will create more jobs to get more good people earning a good wages.
Our estimated release date of Albert is October, 2013 - in plenty of time for Christmas.
HOW WE STARTED
BE A PART OF OUR MISSION TO SPREAD KINDNESS!
1. Create a Kickstarter Account.
2. Choose your reward level on the right.
3. Share this with your friends through facebook, twitter, email, or in-person - whatever you can do. We need your help to spread kindness.
Please contact us directly with any questions or comments. We love to hear your thoughts!
Thank you so much for helping us to spread kindness through our monsters!
Risks and challenges
Production delays are always possible and caused by a variety of problems - delays in materials for the monsters, machine failure, sub-par materials being delivered, etc. But we have several monsters already in production, and have faced most of these problems already, and feel good about our ability to handle and overcome manufacturing obstacles. Also, if we receive a larger than expected number of orders for Albert, there could be delays.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Select the Albert reward, and at the end of the campaign we will contact you to see if you want Albert for yourself or want it donated. Thanks!
No. We are only associated with kindness.
Pledge $5 or more
THANK YOU! Get a heart-felt, hand-written, mailed thank you note from one of the members of our family, and know that you helped to spread kindness in the world.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $10 or more
WEAR YOUR KINDNESS. You get a set of Promise Monsters Monster pins - perfect for wearing on your shirt, cap, or backpack. This set includes 6 different pins that show off your monster-kindness-creating pride.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $17 or more
SMARSHMALLOW LOVE! Limited edition, Kickstarter only, Smarshmallow (these are our furry, round monsters). Not available anywhere else, comes with an exclusive "Kickstarter only" kind mission for you to complete. This Smarshmallow is about as cute, furry, squishy, and kind as can be.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $17 or more
KINDNESS NINJA - this EXCLUSIVE-to-Kickstarter smarshmallow is - you got it - a ninja. A cloaked creator of kindness. He might lurk on your computer. He might fade into the scenery of the road while he hangs from your rear-view mirror. He hides in the shadows of kindness. And he comes with a mission for you to complete - an act of kindness that can be only be completed online and that will join you to the Ninja Kindness Community! You'll have to get this ninja to find out exactly what your mission is. But you'll like it, you awesome ninja you.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $25 or more
SHOW-OFF. You want to support our kind mission, you want others to know you support kindness, you want to wear an awesomely kind shirt. Support us at this level and you can choose from our collection of shirts that show your kind pride. They really are awesome and fun to wear. People are gonna ask you what it's all about - so be ready to share some kindness.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $25 or more
KINDNESS NINJA CLOAK - ok, well it's a t-shirt. But it's an awesome one. One that turns you into a kindness ninja. You are The One. Alone. Spreading kindness and then slipping back into the shadows before anyone even knew you were there. And you are wearing an awesome shirt while you do it. See the link on the left to view your shirt options. Comes in women's and men's sizes. All three design choices come in gray, black, or pink.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $35 or more
ALBERT! This is it! You get the new kind Promise Monster, Albert. He comes with his very own kind mission for you to complete. Your monster will be signed and numbered from our first run. You'll probably be best friends with him after you spread all this kindness together. Or - don't want a kind monster? Don't know anyone to give one to? Then we'll donate an Albert to a sick kid in Riley Hospital, in your name.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $35 or more
25 backers Limited (75 left of 100)
EARLY BIRD! - ALBERT! This is it! You get the the new kind Promise Monster, Albert, signed and numbered. He comes with his very own kind mission for you to complete. PLUS, for being such an early supporter - we'll add in a stand alone mission - one of our extra fun and kind missions for you to complete. That's two kind missions - both sneaky and fun, and sure to spread kindness.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $70 or more
HELP A SICK KID. Just like with the above level, you get the new kind Promise Monster, Albert. But with this option we'll ALSO give an Albert to a patient at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. That's two Alberts. You're happy, a sick kid is happy, and double kindness is spread. That's good stuff.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $75 or more
ALBERT AND HIS BRIDE! You get the new kind Promise Monsters, Albert AND his Bride (we know, we didn't talk about this, wait till you see her!), with their very own kind missions for you to complete. Each monster will be signed and numbered from our first run. Why not go for this one? You don't want Albert to be all alone, do you?Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $100 or more
11 backers Limited (139 left of 150)
KIND BENEFACTOR! Choose this level, and we will give, in your name, the new kind Promise Monsters Albert AND his Bride, PLUS the monster picnic wedding set (it's awesome, trust us, and only available right here) to a child at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. Not only will you support our kind company, but you get to make a kid in the hospital happier. That's a true win-win.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $500 or more
2 backers Limited (33 left of 35)
THE WHOLE SHEBANG. The entire set of Promise Monsters, even special edition monsters that are no longer available. Includes Frank, Spike, Squiggly, Albert and his Bride, Pink Smarshmallow (with bow), Blue Smarshmallow, White Smarshmallow (with ears), plus limited edition glow-in-the-dark Halloween Smarshmallow, Easter Smarshmallow, Valentines Smarshmallow, and Kickstarter-only edition Smarshmallow. We'll also include a couple of our oh-so-kind shirts. That's a massive amount of kindness!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $500 or more
2 backers Limited (10 left of 12)
MAYBE DON'T PICK THIS ONE. Because, well, it could get embarrassing for us. We will, as a family, perform any kind act you pick for us to do - wild and crazy or sneaky or just plain kind, we'll do it, and we'll report on it on our website and our social media pages, for the world to see. We'll thank you by name and send you a special shirt that proudly lets the world know that you spread kindness.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $2,000 or more
0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)
KINDNESS CREATOR. You get to write (or pick if you aren't feeling creative) our next monster's kind mission - thousands of kids around the world will be doing your kind act and making the world a better place to live. Make a real difference!
Plus - we'll also send you a complete set of Promise Monsters. See the reward above for details. It's a lot of monster kindness.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)
YOU. YOUR MONSTER. AWESOME. You get to design a future monster. Yep - that's right! Send us your kid's drawing, or one of your own, and we'll make it a plush, with your name on it, for sale at our retail locations and online. Kids around the world will be snuggling with your creation, playing with it, loving it, and using it to spread kindness. That's just an awesome once-in-a-lifetime opportunity..Estimated delivery:
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