- CEO & Founder of Little Loving Hands
- Inspiring Kindness
How did the idea for your business come about?
As a mother of 2 very blessed girls, I was in search of a way to have them be involved in giving back to the community and learning the importance of helping others. I wasn't able to find much given the age restrictions of most volunteer opportunities. So, I set up a playdate with a few friends and other parents in our town to have our kids make pillowcases for a children's hospital. The level of interest was amazing and the excitement from the children to help others was contagious. I knew that I wanted to do this on a more regular basis and spread the efforts on a large scale, so I set up Little Loving Hands.
What is your backstory (how did you get to where you are today)?
I worked in the corporate world for very large successful companies for the past 15 years after from the University of Maryland (Go Terps!) and getting an BA from The George Washington University. My background is in product development and marketing. I certainly am appreciative of all the opportunities I have been given, but there was always has been something deep within me that wanted to focus on a venture of my own and more importantly, one that truly made an impact in others' lives. As my daughters have grown older, I wanted to get them involved in giving back early, but there wasn't any true way of having them be hands-on. I decided that I didn't want to miss the window ofopportunity, when kids are at the age of absorbing information and developing their own personalities, to teach them the "softer" skills of being kind and empathy. That is when I put the idea of having them help with crafts which could be given to organizations in need. As I spoke with friends and family, I quickly realized that they shared the desire to expose their children to these concepts early. This is when I started making the kits and formalizing the material contained in each to ensure that it's a great experience for the caretaker and child while having a beautiful craft for donation. I wanted to make this available to children everywhere, so I built a website and started spreading the word. I now spend my days reaching out to organizations in need that can be spotlighted and sharing our mission with the many wonderful parents, grandparents, and teachers out there.
What motivates you?
Seeing the children's joy and excitement over helping others is amazing. Additionally, it is extremely motivating and fulfilling to deliver the items to the organizations in need!
How do you protect (and give back to) your community?
Little Loving Hands' mission and existence is all around giving back. Beyond the donated crafts and spreading the word about the organizations in need, we also donate a portion of our proceeds.
Who is your supporting cast of characters that help you to be so darn crush worthy?
My husband is the biggest cheerleader and coach that anyone can ask for! He's a busy executive, but on any given night, you will find him pouring food coloring into hundreds of vials for one of our craft kits while still helping keep the house in order! Of course, my two daughters are my inspiration and are the best quality testers for each craft project. I also have an amazing cousin, who is more like a sister to me, that helps with all the graphic designs. Last, but not least, all the moms, dads, and caretakers out there that have been so proactive in teaching children the importance of giving back and helping others.
What do you consider to be your theme or "pump-up" song?
Happy by Pharrell Williams
What is the most difficult part about being an entrepreneur?
Knowing that you have something truly different and an idea that can make a big impact, but struggling to generate awareness and getting your brand and mission to a wide audience.