Now 10, Ben, along with his mom and eight-year-old brother Wyatt, ran with Ben’s Worry Monster idea and started the Monster Adoption Agency, which designs and sells Worry Monsters to help other kids overcome their fears and cope with anxiety. They use their profits to make monsters to donate to children in need.
“It worked for me,” said Ben, “so I asked my mom to make monsters for my friends and teachers. It helped them, and helping made me happy so we just kept making monsters.”
In the six years Monster Adoption Agency has been in business, they have sold or donated nearly 800 monsters, including those donated to the Dougy Center, a nonprofit organization based in Portland, Oregon, that offers support services to grieving children. Worry Monsters were also donated to the elementary school counselors in Uvalde, Texas, following last year’s tragedy at Robb Elementary School.