“Daddy, I need a new toy”. How many of us parents have heard those little words over and over again? I must admit, my daughter is quite spoiled, she has the latest, newest and nosiest plastic creations currently available. These well-packaged tiny Fort Knoxes with layers and layers of plastic wrapping, ties, plastic tape, and nearly indestructible cardboard casings don’t come cheap either. Finally, after the 20-minute struggle to open the vaulted toy, most kids soon get bored and then we hear it again, “Daddy, I need another new toy”. As a parent, I’m constantly on the lookout for a special, unique or different toy that isn’t just a bundle of plastic wrapping to unveil a plastic molded toy. I recently came across La Manina Dolls and I loved the business model behind the toy.
La Manina Dolls are handcrafted, crochet dolls that are handmade in Vietnam. Not only are these adorable little bundles of yarn extremely well made, but a percentage of each sale goes toward providing school supplies for children in rural communities. La Manina has teamed up with a local charity, Volunteer House Vietnam, to distribute their Helping Hand Educational Pouches which contain basic school supplies. The concept is honorable, and the product’s quality is outstanding. I ordered Melody the Mermaid, an 18in. lovely mermaid with yellow frizzy hair, a turquoise top, and a vibrant multicolored mermaid tail. Melody is soft and cuddly with an ideal weight and elasticity.
My daughter loved her doll which is excellent but more importantly, Melody has sparked an interest and curiosity in a place that is on the other side of the world. Understandably, most of our kids don’t realize or grasp how education is not always available to their peers who aren’t as fortunate. Melody is soft and cuddly but also this sweet little Mermaid has taught my daughter a much greater lesson that I’m confident will stay with her as long as she continues to hold Melody.
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