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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
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