May 24, 2017
Dear Smile Factory,
I wanted to reach out and thank you for the amazing things that you do. Your Seeds of Happiness are such an amazing creation used to spread joy and I absolutely adore them!
I also wanted to share with you how much my seed of happiness means to me as well as tell you my story. When I was in 5th grade, my older sister was diagnosed with cancer. She went through many rounds of chemo and radiation and became cancer free about a year later. Life went on and things were going great until she went in for her check up and found that the cancer was back. She decided to fight and go through more chemo and radiation. After battling for about a year, she decided she couldn’t fight anymore. She ended up passing away on May 24 2016. I was only 14 years old at the time and as one can imagine, this was very hard on my family. She was a huge part of my life and I think about her every day. Every time I look at the little smile I can’t help but smile back and think about my beautiful sister.
On our first Christmas without Maddy, my sister, our family friend gave my family a bag of your seeds. Reading about your company really struck my heart. I thought what an amazing way to honor someone who was lost. Since then I have ordered many bags of seeds and have given them to people who have gone through something tough or a loss of someone they loved. I wanted them to smile just as I did when I received my seed.
During my junior year of high school I took a ceramics class and fell in love with clay. It always calmed me down and let me get lost in my thoughts while thinking about Maddy. Last year I took a sculpture class in my senior year of high school and I could not be more excited to get my hands on more clay. One of the assignments was to make a “personal statement.” With the anniversary of Maddy’s death coming up, the one thing that I couldn’t get out of my mind was the amazing seeds of happiness. I decided to created an extremely large seed to give to my parents for what I like to call, Maddy’s angel-versary. When the day came my parents were brought to tears when I gave them the final products. From then until now my mom has had the giant seed of happiness on display in my house right when you walk in the front door. By doing this everyone who enters my house is greeted by a huge smile to brighten their day:)
Thank you for taking the time to read this and again for creating the wonderful seeds of happiness!
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In 2006 Seeds of Happiness started out as leftover lumps of clay that Mark Borella made into little smiles to give to friends who were going through hard times and needed a little smile.
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