Jessica Alba Chooses Cuddle + Kind For People Magazine Gift Guide

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World Food Program USA
Published December 9, 2016
Last Updated May 11, 2021

Actress Jessica Alba is sharing her favorite gifts this holiday season, including handmade dolls from cuddle+kind.

So what makes these dolls so special? They are feeding dreams across the planet.

That’s because the company has teamed up with World Food Program USA to deliver nourishing school meals to boys and girls in the world’s hungriest classrooms.


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“For every handcrafted doll purchased, 10 meals are provided to children in need,” Alba told People when asked about presents for her two daughters.

Alba isn’t the only one singing cuddle+kind’s praises. Gwyneth Paltrow, Mashable and Upworthy have also selected the company’s handknit dolls as one of this year’s best gift ideas.

Couple Jennifer and Derek Woodgate started cuddle+kind last year with one guiding belief: That a cuddle could change the world.

And they were right. Since then, the company has raised enough money to provide 420,000 nourishing meals to children in need across the globe.


The adorable dolls aren’t just helping feed children, they’re also providing a fair-trade income to rural communities in Peru, where artisans craft each doll using locally sourced materials. By offering a fair income and supporting the mission of the World Food Programme (WFP), cuddle+kind is empowering families to overcome poverty and hunger.


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As the largest provider of school meals in the world, WFP is helping break the cycle of poverty and hunger by empowering boys and girls with the right nutrition to succeed in school.

Studies have shown that school meals have the power to boost enrollment, attendance and graduation rates, especially among girls in developing countries who are otherwise taken out of school or married young to ease a family’s burden of putting food on the table. For many children, healthy lunches and snacks from WFP are the only meals they can rely on.

If you’re looking for a gift that gives back, cuddle+kind has you covered.