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
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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