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August 27, 2013

'Blobby Katy' toy to benefit Riley Hospital for Children

Stuffed animal designed by ex-patient

INDIANAPOLIS — Michael and Erin Bogan, owners and operators of Promise Monsters, are making good on their pledge to be a positive influence on the world.

Promise Monsters are stuffed toys designed by the couple’s five children. Each comes with its own “Monster Mission,” a random act of kindness that once its owner completes can enter a code on the Promise Monsters website to redeem a reward.

This spring the Bogans, who live in Avon, ran a contest at Riley Hospital for Children, asking patients to design their own Promise Monster.

“We wanted a way to give back to Riley,” Michael said. “I’ve been there, we’ve had kids there, nieces and nephews. We wanted to do something in the community with a local organization.”

They ended up receiving just less than 50 submissions.

“That was less than what I anticipated, but apparently it was good for a Riley contest,” Michael said. “I learned it’s hard to get kids who are in the hospital to do things. Usually it’s either they’re in and out really fast or really sick and don’t want to worry about anything else. It’s not an easy situation.”

The Bogans whittled those submissions down to five, then posted them on their website for the public to vote on. The winning entry came from Sophia Eager, 9, of Fort Wayne. Her Promise Monster is named Blobby Katy and her mission is to “sneak into houses and give people food who need it without being caught.”

Sophia came to Promise Monsters’ westside office last Friday with her parents, Jason and Melissa, to pick out fabric for Blobby Katy and design a smaller version of her, known as a Smarshmallow. Afterward she went to Wilbur’s Lincolnwood Toy Store in Brownsburg for an official “winner’s photo.”

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