Picture this. I was leaving a three-year-old girl’s museum birthday party with both kids. We were all a little cranky. Scarlet was missing a shoe and Des had crapped his pants with no signs of a changing table.. in a CHILDREN’S museum. (I’m certain I just wasn’t looking very hard, but still) I decided that we all needed a pick-me-up before trudging out into the slush, dirt, snow and ice that our land has turned into, so I suggested that we get hot cocoa (with whipped cream) on the mountaintop drive-through coffee hut. Sounds cool, right? It is. I was zipping up Des’ jacket next to another mother and young son and she overheard our hot cocoa conversation and asked about the coffee hut. I explained about how it has lots of coffees and teas and cookies and egg and cheese sandwiches, and it’s on a mountaintop too! She seemed intrigued. I don’t have 100% people instinct but I know charisma when I see it. (and I see it often) She introduced herself. I introduced myself. We parted ways.
A few days later I received an email from a psychotherapist who had developed a toy company called Wonder Crew, geared towards preschool boys to build emotional skills and creativity through adventure and friendship. She was inspired to develop this toy company after experiences with her son and clients. She wanted help spreading the word about her very important Kickstarter campaign (more on that below) and sent me a video so I could check out Wonder Crew. The first thing I noticed about the video is that it’s fun and catchy. The second thing I noticed is that there’s a very fun circus tent in the video that we have at home, but then lost to a “cats locked out of their litterbox incident”, but then the circus tent came back to me through a hand-me-down (don’t worry – a fresh one). The third thing I noticed about the video is that one of Des’ daycare friends is in it being adorable. SOLD! I knew right away that this woman had my vote. My service. My word. I wanted to help.
“Play has the power to impact the way kids see themselves and the world around them, yet there isn’t anything in the “blue aisle” that promotes empathy, kindness or emotional connection. Thrilled by the recent surge of STEM toys for girls, I want to bring boys a new play experience, one that offers a different story — where real strength and fun isn’t about toughness and weapons, instead it’s about friendship, creativity and the great adventure that follows.”
As we went back and forth through email, she sent me more information about the Kickstarter and the company. I went to their website and saw her photo. Wow! It was the same woman I had met at the museum birthday party, who had overheard me talking about mountaintop hot cocoa! SOLD again! She had my vote. My service. My help. This is what it takes. Wonderful people doing wonderful things, and doing them with other wonderful people I know. And mountaintop hot cocoa.
Today, March 3rd, is the start of the Kickstarter campaign in the hopes to fund Wonder Crew’s first production. It will include the opportunity to get the actual toy (Crewmate and matching child adventure gear and comic style guide book), as well as the opportunity to donate these Crewmates to hospitals, non-profit organizations and preschools.
You can think about who in your life would like a Crewmate. I know in my life, it’s not just Des. Scarlet wants one too! And I want to get one for my nephew and my niece and my future nephews and nieces too!