Monkeyhugs.org was designed and created in 2010 by Sydney, a twelve year old girl who believes that two hands can make a difference in the world. Unique plush toy monkeys have been created by Sydney to be sold on-line and in retail stores across the country. 100% of the profits, after tax, from the sale of these monkeys is donated to the Monkeyhugs Foundation. This foundation provides grants to various organizations, which help to bring a better quality of life to those in need.
The first beneficiary of the Monkeyhugs Foundation is a Boston, MA based organization called Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers for the Disabled. This organization trains capuchin monkeys to assist quadriplegic and other people with severe spinal cord injuries or mobility-impairments and to bring a sense of companionship and independence into their lives.