Cuddle+Kind: Where Hugs Meet Hunger Relief, One Doll at a Time

Jennifer "Jay" Palumbo
4 min readNov 30, 2023

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Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages, gather ‘round, because we’re about to embark on a heartwarming journey into the world of cuddle+kind!

Picture this: a world where adorable, hand-knit dolls with unique personalities not only give you endless cuddles but also help feed hungry children around the globe. Yes, you heard that right! It’s time to meet the dolls that are on a mission to combat hunger and make the world a little cozier, one stitch at a time.

A Touch of Magic with Cuddle+Kind: Dolls with a Purpose

cuddle+kind is not your ordinary doll-maker; it’s a game-changer in the world of toys. Their mission? To provide children worldwide with the nutrition they need to grow, thrive, and learn.

How, you ask?

Well, every purchase of a cuddle+kind doll is like a double shot of goodwill magic. Not only do you get an incredibly soft and sweet hand-knit doll, but you also provide 10 meals to a child in need. It’s like the best buy-one-get-one deal ever, with a side of heartwarming karma.

In addition, they aim to help empower 1,000 female Peruvian artisans with sustainable, fair-trade employment. So, when you snuggle up with one of their dolls, you’re not just cuddling with cuteness; you’re cuddling with purpose.

Dolls with Personality and Purpose

Made of premium natural cotton, these dolls are a treat for the senses — soft, huggable, and meticulously hand-knit with love. But what sets them apart is their unique personality. Each doll comes with a name, birthday, and a favorite quote. It’s like having a little friend with their own backstory right at your fingertips.

Take, for example, Charlotte the Dog. She’s a snuggly pup who loves belly rubs and believes in the power of kindness. Or meet Sebastian the Lamb, who’s all about embracing differences and encouraging others to do the same. These dolls aren’t just playthings; they’re teachers of values and symbols of love.

The Heartwarming Journey of the Founders

Jennifer and Derek Woodgate are the founders. Their journey began when they became parents and were struck by the stark reality of childhood hunger.

They couldn’t sit idly by, so they embarked on a mission to make a difference. Armed with a passion for creating beautiful, hand-knit dolls and a deep commitment to ending childhood hunger, they founded cuddle+kind.

Their story is a testament to the power of love, determination, and the belief that one small act of kindness can spark a ripple effect of goodness. It’s a story that inspires us all to look for ways to make the world a better place, even in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges.

From 28 to 30 Million Meals: The Incredible Journey

cuddle+kind has partnered with humanitarian agencies that are experts in hunger relief. Organizations like the Breakfast Club of Canada, World Food Program USA, and Children’s Hunger Fund work hand in hand with cuddle+kind to ensure that every meal reaches the children who need it most. It’s like assembling a superhero squad to fight the villain of childhood hunger.

At present, cuddle+kind has donated 29 million meals. They’re aiming for 30 million by the end of the year. That’s 30 million smiles, 30 million full bellies, and 30 million moments of hope.

And their mission isn’t limited to just one corner of the world. Their meals are distributed in approximately 64 countries. It’s like a worldwide hug, with nourishment and love traveling to every nook and cranny where children need it most.

In addition, their impact extends to things like food parks in Peru and school gardens in Kenya. It’s about creating sustainable solutions to hunger, nurturing the future, and sowing the seeds of positive change.

Cuddle Up to a Brighter Future

So, the next time you’re in need of a cuddle buddy or a gift that warms the heart, consider a cuddle+kind doll. Not only will you be embracing a piece of hand-knit magic, but you’ll also be spreading love and hope to children around the world.

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Jennifer "Jay" Palumbo

CEO of Wonder Woman Writer, Freelance Writer & Women’s Health Advocate. Has written for Parents Magazine, Time Magazine, Huffington Post, and ScaryMommy.