For his eagle scout project, my nephew started an NPO to donate stuffed lions for people in circumstances
that require a little extra "courage".
He began making his own lions, and as their popularity blossomed, he commissioned an order of Ryan's Lions from a company in China who built them to match his prototype, and has given away nearly all of them.
My sister (as well as others) have organized fundraisers so more lions can be ordered. I happened to be in town for the bake sale and made some Ryan's Lions toppers for the event.
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