Awareness of the importance of what our children see, what they imitate, prompted the couple Robert and Nada Rukavina from Zagreb, Croatia the parents of ten children, to design a toy that would show children the beauty of innocence, service and God’s presence and protection. And who else would blush out all these values more than Our Lady.
Q: How did you come up with the idea of making a toy like Virgin Mary plush doll?
“The idea for making it came to us 10 years ago, maybe even more years ago, when our youngest kids wanted to have a Blessed Virgin Mary with them, but everything we had at that time in the house were made of plaster, wood or plastic.
We first searched for such a toy in the sanctuaries, but when we could not find it, we decided to make Our Lady of plush ourselves, which cannot be broken and at the same time adapted for the youngest age. We had no idea where to go, who is doing it, who can start serial production … After ten years, quite by accident, I came across people who were ready to try to make a copy, which would serve for the future. It took us almost a year to get along with all the arrangements and modifications of the first series of ready-made blushes. We believed that the interest could be great, because there are many parents in the world who are outdated wanting to raise children in faith and meet them with Heavenly Mommy, “says Robert Rukavina
q: Who decided on the look of the toy?
“About the visual look of the Virgin Mary plush doll, decided me and my wife, but in constant agreement with our children. Actually, I cannot say that the plush lady looks the way I imagined it, but we let the kids decide which version they like most. When we finally got their confirmation, we went in action. The end product is completed in Croatia. It has a CE certificate that guarantees that the toy is compatible with all European health and other standards and is made out of the finest plush, resulting in a very pleasant feeling on touch. “
q: What are the first reactions of the buyers?
“The reactions of the buyers are above our expectations. Children are the happiest ones, they have accepted the Virgin Mary plush doll with love, and that was exactly our wish. We are especially pleased to hear that the little ones do not let her go, even if they are sleeping. Parents say that their kids feel safer.