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I am the exclusive designer of empathy items.
Each empathy item is made with love by myself, a mom that has a child who suffers from a mental health issue.
As a family this is extremely devastating and draining, especially as a mom that only wants her child to be well. We can help fix a cold or even a broken bone, but fixing your child's mind is another story. Until you see your child suffering with just breathing and not wanting to be a part of this world any longer you will have a difficult time understanding this devastation and the strain it puts on a family. There is not a day that goes by that I do not worry about my children, wondering if they are ok, if they will be alive when I get home. I am determined to make a difference in Mental health and help as many people as I can. I started empathy dolls soon after my child's diagnosis with a serious mental health issue. He was diagnosed with schizophrenia. And so the journey began devastation, denial, anger, worry blame. I wanted to do something positive in a situation of despair. While sitting in numerous medical offices trying to get the appropriate help, enduring long waiting periods I knit. I knit for a purpose, I knit for a cure, for recognition of this horrible disease that affects so many people. Why? In hopes of helping just one person feel a little joy, feel a little comfort.
The dolls and other products are designed with real people in mind, real people with stories. Real people suffering from mental health issues. Each doll tells a story. Each doll sheds a tear for yo
To order your items please browse my website, I also take custom orders for the following;
HATS * DOLLS * SOCKS * B:LANKETS
COMING SOON SO STAY TUNED ARE
SOCKS * WEIGHTED BLANKETS * QUILTS * PILLOWS
Each item I sell is in support of Mental health. 100% of all proceeds go towards mental health issues in the community. I want to see peoples lives changed, I want too see people find hope, hope and a chance for recovery or just a listening ear.
You are truly making a difference in people’s lives and on behalf of jtk designs, I am proud to be part of such an essential and important cause.
There's nothing more rewarding than being parents, watching your children grow and learn. However when one of your children gets sick your whole world crashes. Until you see your child suffering with just breathing and not wanting to be a part of this world any longer you will have a difficult time understanding the devastation and strain it puts on a family. There is not a day that goes by that I do not worry about my children, wondering if they are ok, if they will be alive when I get home. I am determined to make a difference in Mental health and help as many people as I can. I believe in standing by my kids and helping them with all of lifes chanllenges. It's a challenging job but also a rewarding job.
I am an early childhood educator an I understand the crucial role parents and caregivers play in the lives of children. I also belive that all children should have access to immediate mental health so that they can get better faster, and thrive.
I decided to turn the tables on my already established company and do something completely different. I started this new project with the sole purpose of improving the lives of those suffering from mental illness.
I created Empathy Cuddles because I wanted to make beautiful knits as is my passion but I also wanted to help those in need. So for every single Empathy Cuddle I sell, I will donate 50 percent of my profits towards supporting mental health issues and awareness in Canada.
I am proud that my dolls are made with natural high-quality cotton yarns for safety and softness.
I am also proud to say that I make each and every doll by hand.
You may see me sitting in hospitals and waiting rooms with knitting needles in hand... hoping that I can help save just one precious life. Each Empathy cuddle will come with an inspiration motivation tag, giving hope and assurance to someone in need. The names of all my dolls come from someone suffering from mental illness.
Giving back is what jtk designs is all about. We do not only donate to the canadian mental health association and foundation, we also have donated to a variety of other initiatives all relating to mental health and wellness.
In the past year we have donated to mental health initiatives
mental health associations
paid for councelling until healthcare kicked in
found homes and collected start up money for two families.
We do not only give to organizations but we have also sponsored teams and people trying to make their dreams come true.
Here are some of the organizations and people we have helped.
Single Mother of two struggling to make ends meet and had no secure means to get an apartment. She was given a place to live, while we searched for suitable accomodations. She was provided with household items as well as groceries, this has greatly reduced her anxiety levels.
Young 17year old kicked out of her family home,and suffering from depression. She was given a place to live,enrolled in school and we are currently working with her to give her a stable environment until she can get on her feet.