Update 3/31/17: We are now donating $5.00 per pillow to Autism Speaks for every Accept, Understand, Love Pillow purchased.
When we created our first pillow last November, we didn't intend on it being anything more than a fun, inspirational kids pillow. We simply liked the idea of combining a positive word and character on the front (Discover; Imagine; Love) with bright, stimulating reversible sequins on the back on which kids can draw and create. We started calling these Positivity Pillows ☺.
But through emails and phone calls with customers, what I've experienced since then has brought so much more meaning to our lives and our small business, and I'll share a few of those examples here.
Just a few days ago, Kandi B., whose son is autistic, emailed us the following about his Sharks THINK Pillow:
- KANDI B.
Kandi B. is one of perhaps 75 -100 customers that have shared a similar story with us. I've spoken with perhaps another 10-12 parents that have been kind enough to talk with me by phone, even helping us organize and contribute to their local autism-related events and organizations to which they belong. We've since sponsored our local AmaXIng Challenge: Step It Up event to raise money for Autism Speaks of which we're a silver sponsor for 2017.
Other customers have commented on the calming effects of the pillows.
I've had customers tell me they've recommended our pillows to their therapists, or how "they're wonderful for long car rides" and "a great alternative to electronics" for keeping kids engaged. Others have said it helps "wind [their kids] down before bedtime."
We just released this product recently but the positive effects have been much the same as our pillows.
One of the more recent comments was from Lisa B, whose mother is living with dementia.
- LISA B.
As a result of Lisa's email, we are working on a program to donate pillows to local nursing homes.
The overall point of this post is to say thank you for inspiring us.
Thank you for the comments, stories and kind words over the past 5 months. We started this business without much thought to "giving back", but now it's hard to imagine running a business without some other more meaningful purpose.
If our pillows have affected you or someone you love in a positive way, we'd love to hear from you.
We'll keep doing our best.