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The Hottest Back-to-School Toy Has Heart

Whether your kiddo is starting kindergarten or is a veteran, this plush toy is an instant favorite and a (literal) lifesaver.

Presented by GoPals August 2, 2019

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Heading back to school is an exciting time of new adventures, but it can be nerve-racking for kids—and for parents, too. This year, along with no. 2 pencils, glue sticks, and backpacks, add the must-have stuffed animals called GoPals to your list, and ease those pre-class jitters.

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Unlike other stuffed animals that sit in kids’ closets collecting dust, GoPals go wherever your kid does, easily fastening to any backpack, seatbelt, bike, or scooter. For little ones starting school this year, that means walking the halls with confidence, thanks to the support of their stuffed animal friend. And for parents, the soft, attachable strap means you never have to worry about your child losing their favorite toy, no matter if they are on their way to school or playing on the playground.

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The cozy, plush toys come in a variety of cute animals—including Dash the Dog, Hadley the Panda, Mia the Rabbit, Lukie the Bear, Piper the Cat, Spencer the Lamb, Colie the Monkey, and Jack the Fox—all of which are created with top-quality polyester fiber for peak softness and kid-proof durability. At home, kids can easily detach the seven-inch stuffed animals to cuddle and play, then reattach them for transportation and travel, adding a personal touch to their backpacks, or even stacking several GoPals on their backpack straps.

Plus, plush GoPals don’t just support your child in their upcoming school year; the company also aids thousands of kids across the globe. A portion of the profits from every stuffy sold is donated to the UN Foundation’s [email protected] campaign, which provides lifesaving vaccines to children. Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a vaccine-preventable disease, and it is [email protected]’s mission to save these children and eradicate polio, measles, pneumonia, and rotavirus.

Left to right: Lorrie, Cole, and Piper Vogel.

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For CEO Lorrie Vogel, this cause is personal. Vogel started the GoPals brand with her daughter and son after she lost her husband to cancer. Though the family fought using everything from radiation to chemotherapy, there was no available treatment that could save Vogel’s husband and her daughter Piper’s dad. However, the children served by the [email protected] campaign still can be saved. And through the GoPals brand’s commitment to providing immunizations and care—spreading joy to kids through lovable toys and essential vaccines—the Vogels intend to help do just that.

Find your child’s new friend at GOPALS.net.