David Holdridge may spend his after-school afternoons giving blankets to impoverished tots around the world through his Happy Blankie "one to love, one to give" program, but that doesn't mean he doesn't want a few things of his own. The 10-year-old outdoor enthusiast shared his holiday wish list with us, saying: "I would like a Razor Ripstik ($80), which is kind of like a skateboard, a new fishing box ($14), because I love to fish, and I want a book about birds of prey ($6) like eagles and hawks!
David Holdridge is helping impoverished children, one blanket at a time. After seeing his younger sisters have tea parties with their baby blankies and stuffed animals, the then 7-year-old Clevelander came up with an idea to combine them into a product that would make kids happy. From there, Happy Blankie (ranging from $32 - $128), a line of adorable, oversized throws was born. With help from his mom, the "one to love, one to give" idea of giving matching blankets to charities was born. I recently spoke with the precocious entrepreneur about his endeavor.
LilSugar: The one-to-love, one-to-give philosophy is inspiring. How did it come about?
David Holdridge: I just thought it was a good idea and Tom's shoes was a good inspiration for us, because they have the buy a pair of shoes, give one pair away program. I thought it would help me make babies happy around the world.
LS: What is the best part of having founded Happy Blankie?
DH: I know that I am the one who puts the smiles on the children’s faces.
LS: What would you say to other kids who are looking to help others?
DH: I think they could start with simple things like picking up litter or cleaning up trash (in their communities).
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