Healing with Smiles believes that smiles and laughter should be shared. It binds people together, increases happiness and creates hope.
To help us promote smiles, we created a mascot named Buttercup. Buttercup, our Healing Hippo, is a 12 inch plush hippopotamus that is packaged with an inspirational message. We have found that presenting Buttercup creates an instant smile.
We set up programs with Hospitals and Senior Centres where batches of our Healing Hippos are delivered to a coordinator who arranges with the nursing and volunteer staff to distribute them to patients.
Buttercup inspires courage and hope in people of all ages and provides a much needed distraction to medial tests or procedures for the patient and enables medical personnel to focus on the task at hand.