A Doll Like Me

$5,260 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 48 people in 42 months
https://m.facebook.com/nannysbabiestoodollslikeme/?ref=bookmarks

This is the story of A Doll Like Me.  It's really pretty simple and I like to think of it more like a ministry than a business.  
My name is Amy, and I am a dollmaker who feels that every kid...regardless of gender, ethnicity, age, medical issue, and body type...should have a doll who looks like they do.  Dolls are so therapeutic in so many ways - ways that I'm not sure we fully understand.  It is a human likeness and by extension, a representation of the child who loves it.   Many kids never have had the opportunity to see their sweet faces reflected in a doll.  It's hard to tell a child that they are beautiful but follow it with - but you'll never see yourself in anything that looks like you. 

I was a pediatric oncology social worker in my previous life...pre-kids!  And doll-making allows me to combine my love of dolls with my passion for social work all at the same time.  I have always been disappointed in the lack of diversity in dolls...so, as my mom taught me, if you don't like it...do something about it!

I have started a small business making dolls for kids with limb and hand differences...and have slowly added albinism and medical scars to the mix!  I would like to be able to offer dolls to kids whose families might not be able to afford one.  I have been touched by those who have heard or witnessed the story of this project, and asked how they might be able to donate on behalf of a child they know, or even one they don't know!  That's where this page comes in....

I have partnered with a children's hospital to identify kids who might benefit from having a doll for comfort as they go through their medical care.  The money raised here will help me do that. 

This video  is a perfect illustration of why kids need to see themselves in a doll:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Kb8aWG3ooW8

I appreciate you reading the story of A Doll Like Me, and I wish you fulfillment  in your life no matter what the challenge. Thank you for supporting my page and my work!
https://m.facebook.com/nannysbabiestoodollslikeme/?ref=bookmarks
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They aren’t just dolls.
I have said many times that we do such a disservice to children when it comes to dolls. There are millions of children who will never walk into a toy store and see themselves in the sweet face of a doll. It’s no accident that dolls are so integral in play therapy...they are human representations! So shouldn’t all children be able to experience the amazing feeling of having a doll like them? If you’ve ever emailed me I tell you two things...okay, three
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I am so excited to have been a part of this quilt campaign..."Share the Love." Bernie from Needle and Foot graciously encouraged her quilters to make a quilt for my dolls...as a tangible way to show these kids what "caring" looks like.
I am overwhelmed by the response and am grateful that a few of her quilters have decided to sponsor a doll in addition!
...all this month (and beyond!)
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I know that people are looking for a way to support A Doll Like Me (and not everyone uses PayPal). In my ideal world, all of these dolls will be paid for my someone other than the family :)
I believe that dolls are a tangible way to show kids and families that someone cares and that representation matters. It is validating and reassuring to look into the face of a doll and see your own.
I am grateful that there are people out there who feel the same way I do...and I am humbled by the number of people who want to make a big difference in the life of a little person.
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$5,260 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 48 people in 42 months
Created February 19, 2015
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Rachael Pasay
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Helping to hit that goal!!!!

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Cathy Peterson
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I am honored to be a small part of the magical work you are doing. Thank you so much for brightening so many lives!

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I believe in the magic of dolls!

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