A Doll Like Me
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:
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!
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
I am overwhelmed by the response and am grateful that a few of her quilters have decided to sponsor a doll in addition!
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.
Here are the links: http://www.rightthisminute.com/video/rtmtv-girl-learns-love-her-birthmark-through-doll