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SendAFriend is an e-commerce business that allows customers to send stuffed animal care packages with customized notes all over the world. 

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Fast Facts

July 13, 2018

Founded on

Tyler Macke

Founded by

Jackson, MO

Located at

$250,000+

Donated to Hospitals

100,000+

Packages Delivered

5,000+

Five Star Reviews

The Beginning

The company was founded in 2018 by Tyler Macke, a self-taught graphic designer and entrepreneur, who started the business at the age of 18 out of his core desire to give back.  It took about six months to get off the ground and eventually launched July 13, 2018 with a simple facebook post. 

“I started SendAFriend with the purpose of sharing something positive. The world constantly faces discouraging news, events, and negativity. I wanted to create something that shared a smile or a laugh,” notes now 21-year-old founder, Tyler Macke. “Facing difficulties at the time myself, I noticed how much a simple smile brightened my day or even my week -- this smile still remains at the core of SendAFriend’s business.”

“I started SendAFriend with the purpose of sharing something positive. The world constantly faces discouraging news, events, and negativity. I wanted to create something that shared a smile or a laugh,” notes now 21-year-old founder, Tyler Macke. “Facing difficulties at the time myself, I noticed how much a simple smile brightened my day or even my week -- this smile still remains at the core of SendAFriend’s business.”

SendAFriend’s initial operations took place in his brother’s old bedroom with his mother fulfilling each and every care package by hand. Since then, he has moved the business to a 7,500 sqft warehouse in his hometown of Jackson, MO and now employs over 20 individuals, most of whom are his close family and friends.

The Mission

From the very beginning, they have pledged to donate 10% of its total revenue to various children’s hospitals each month. This has allowed them to donate over $250,000 to pediatric care facilities so far this year. This ambition remains at the center of SendAFriend’s entire business.

SendAFriend also strives to develop new initiatives supporting pediatric facilities, specifically to create lasting relationships with the hospitals and the communities around them.

In the spirit of continuing its mission, SendAFriend recently partnered with SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis to create a plush animal based on their facility dog, Thor. SendAFriend was able to design and manufacture this custom toy, and plans to offer it on their website in the coming months. For each Thor plush sold, SendAFriend will be donating one to a patient in need of a friend at the Cardinal Glennon facility.

The Products

SendAFriend has now designed over 30 custom stuffed animals to offer on their site. Animals are changed approximately every month, with the new offerings created from customer suggestions and feedback. Each of the toys is an exclusive design tailored to perfectly fit their packaging, which consists of a bright blue box featuring their signature ‘Someone Loves You’ motif. 

The Mystery Box

Lawrence the Llama

Sam the Sloth

Peanut the Puppy

Flynn the Fox

Cooper the Cow

George the Giraffe

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Reviews

My boyfriend and I are long distance while I'm at college and I knew he was taking it harder than I was, so I saw the ads for SendAFriend and decided to send him one. I knew he would love the moose and we went from there! When he got the package I was on facetime with him and he opened it and started to cry!

Caleigh Widmayer, Verified Customer

Kiwi is adorable! I got her for my daughter and she has carried her around with her everyday since she got it. Ordering was quick and easy and we received the package exactly when they said we would. I would definitely recommend sending Kiwi to someone. It's nice to get little gifts these days!

Nicole Whitt, Verified Customer

The llama is so squishy and soft! My sister loved him and the package came so quickly - within less than a week. Plus he’s bigger than I expected which is awesome. Super happy!

Lindsay Beyer, Verified Customer

I surprised my girlfriend, with the otter and a personalized note which was very personal to us. I don't know if a real person is going to read this but you should, it's the happiest I've ever seen her, she doesn't ever cry happy tears but she did. Thanks for your awesome service and quality!

Sam Herrick, Verified Customer

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