Mar 3, 2021
Every parent knows one of the scariest times is when your child gets sick. But when a child is hospitalized or diagnosed with a rare or serious illness, it affects everything. It can be really scary for children who are struggling.
My guest today is taking her personal pain with her own child’s sickness and bringing joy to sick kids all around the country. Shalini Samtani is the founder of Open The Joy and the Spread the Joy Foundation.
“I never believed in my wildest dream that’s what I was going to do – to design a toy collection.” – Shalini
“I’ve always been kind of like one of those souls, finding my purpose.” – Shalini
“The give back – that’s what drives me more than anything.” – Shalini
“We want it to be fun and engaging, but we also want it to be nutritional for their souls and for the development of their minds.” – Shalini
“While the world is focusing on making kids smarter, our focus is to make them kinder.” – Shalini
“You heal by healing others.” – Shalini
“I never really understood why this little project grew like wildfire … I feel like I watch miracles.” – Shalini
Shalini Samtani has a diverse background in Law, Real Estate and Design. However, her true passion lies in brining joy to sick kids. She is the founder of Open The Joy® a truly unique toy company that focuses on building emotional intelligence in kids; and the Spread The Joy Foundation® a registered non-profit that delivers free activity kits to hospitalized children at their bedside. Since its launch in 2019, Open the Joy has won several industry awards including Best New Products for Kids 2019 at NY Now, New Kids on the Block award at Toy Fair 2020, and Best New Manufacturers award at Toy Fest West 2020. Shalini Samtani’s leadership and the truly unique nature of her business has been awarded recognition by the Tory Burch Foundation 2020, as one of the top 50 female entrepreneurs selected nationwide.