In the beginning... September 2010. Still going strong. Thank you!
Mission: To reawaken the life-giving power of joy, through laughter and play.
Vision: "To uplift each other, our volunteers, donors, communities and our world through the experience of choosing joy.”
The Giggle Box Project was conceived in 2009 by our founder and consulting director, Susan Dempsey and we are continually expanding it's reach in service to more. We have come a long way since it's inception. We purchased and painted "Giggles" the Giggle Bus in September of 2010 and we've been rolling ever since. Hah! Watch the Movie! We've been taking part in many community-wide events, sharing our mission and spreading joy and smiles.
Our first few years were primarily devoted to research and development.There has been an incredible amount of time spent behind the scenes, developing policies and engaging a Board of Directors inspired by our mission, as well as researching toys, boxes, hospital policies, making connections and fulfilling state and federal requirements for non-profits and of course, fundraising.
Are roots began with assistance from the Laughter Arts and Science Foundation and the World Laughter Tour , with Susan's inspiration for the project coming from her required reading to become a Certified Laughter Leader through the World Laughter Tour. She found it incredible with all of the science determining the healing value of laughter and a positive outlook that these tools were not already "Standard Operating Procedure" for every patient!
We became an agency partner of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks in 2011, filed for our own tax-exempt status in April of 2013 and received their approval in 2014 with retroactive tax-exempt status to 2011. Yeah!!!
In 2013 we delivered our first Gigglebox and since have be able to continue to do so for the children at Mercy Children’s Hospital, Cox South and most recently OHC and Child Advocacy Center in Springfield, MO, our home. Our plans include expanding the Giggleboxes we are able to donate throughout Missouri and then on to our neighboring states regionally and eventually nationally. We are also developing other programs concurrently for seniors, other at risk populations and our community, hoping to empower All to choose connection, joy and fun over anger, resentment, worry and sorrow. They are both contagious perspectives!
We are continually creating a cohesive team, eager to develop new relationships all the time with like-minded individuals who understand the value of our mission and are inspired to jump on the Giggle Bus! We’d love to have your smiling face as part of our team. Bringing to joy others increases joy in your own life. It's a win/win! Please visit our 'Contact Us' page to get in touch.
Thanks for being you and keep Laughing! In Appreciation, Susan Dempsey
Hi, My name is Debby Steinhoff. I am a long time resident of the Springfield MO area and I absolutely love life in the Ozarks! My work background is everything from Inventory Control/Accounting to Direct Sales and Sales Management. My most current endeavor is Brand Partner with Nerium International, where I can pursue my passion of personal development and "Making People Better"! My true claim to fame however, are my 4 wonderful adult children and the blessings of my beautiful grandchildren. I have loved and supported the Gigglebox Project since it's start and I am now thrilled to be serving as board member. The mission of the project is a true inspiration for me. I am pleased to be allowed to bring my time and talents to this project and I Love the Fun and Laughter. To see the transformation of lives we touch through Joy is truly the contact we are all meant to experience as we journey through this life. Smiles and Laughter are the universal language of the world. It is my privilege to be a part of this project and help the expansion and growth throughout the community and the world, Lets Play!!
Elissa K. Stewart was born into funny. Her parents were funny, her grandparents, most of her great aunts and uncles, hilarious. Anecdotal accounts have reported her birth happening at speeds of under twenty-five minutes and during the Bicentennial (a particularly comical time in history when Gerald Ford was president); also The Year of the Dragon, making her a classic Gemini with Leo Rising. Her mercurial birth and moon in Virgo makes her a boon at meetings, adding to them unsurpassed wit, expansive vision, and economy of time and resources. Her professional experiences have included public relations, journalism, events planning, grant research, ghost-writing for healing evangelists, improvisational comedy with animals, operating a forklift and hosting her own radio show. She believes that Gigglebox has a “tickle-down” effect that could very possibly heal the world. “We give people giggles in a box and invite them to open it,” she says, “It is our endeavor to awaken the giggle that brings creative joy into every part of that person’s experience."
I grew up in Springfield and received a BS in Engineering Physics from MSU. I decided I wanted to see other parts of the country and went to graduate school in Las Cruces, NM where I received an MS in Electrical Engineering from New Mexico State University. I then was hired by the largest Navy research and development lab in the country in San Diego where I worked for over 30 years. After retiring, I missed the trees and people in Springfield and decided to move back.
After returning, I co-founded the Ozarks Law of Attraction Discussion Group with the goal of awakening the power of positive thinking and abundance in the Ozarks region. At the same time I began building the Swan Creek Labyrinth retreat and inspirational gathering place (website: swancreeklabyrinth.org ).
I am excited to be a part of the Giggle Box project and participate in its expansion that will bring laughter and joy to more people than ever before.
Share your love and join our team.
We are expanding and planning on some national-sized belly laughs soon!
Come join us on the way! You'll be glad you did!
Looking for our next Giggle Bug. Is it you????
Please contact us, if spreading Joy sounds like fun and you'd like to add your talents to the mix! Looking forward to you joining us!
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The Giggle Box Project, Inc. is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. EIN# 45-2764607
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