December 2019 Donations

special needs doll
Happy December!
I’m so excited to announce that this month we will be donating 10% of all sales to the amazing A Doll Like Me  
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My name is Amy and I make dolls for kids who will never see themselves on the store shelves.  I like to think of doll-making more like a ministry or a mission than a business.  Dolls are therapeutic, validating, and comforting.  It is a human likeness and by extension, a representation of the child who loves it.  I am a doll-maker who feels that every kid, regardless of gender, ethnicity, age, medical issue, or body type, should look into the sweet face of a doll and see their own.  I talk a lot about changing the narrative - changing WHO we see and HOW we see them.
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In my past life (pre-kids!) I was a pediatric oncology social worker.  A big part of my role was helping children adjust to what felt like an out-of-control situation.  Let's face it...hospitalizations and medical procedures are scary when you DO comprehend it; so when you lack the skills to process on an intellectual and emotional level, it's rough.  Play therapy is how kids work through all of that and dolls are an integral part of the process.  What you ideally want is for a child to see him or herself in the doll that you are using because, again, shouldn't all kids be able to see themselves? You and I know that that's not the case.  Scars, birthmarks, limb differences, skin coloring, medical equipment...those are all things that you rarely see in dolls, but for kids who have those, it's everything! My mom taught me that if you see something you want to change, change it!  So I did. Each doll literally starts as a piece of fabric and is custom-made to look like the child who will love it. 
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Ultimately, I don’t want any parent to have to pay for something that’s so important. If we’re going to look at mental health as a necessary part of medical care, this is key. My ultimate goal is to fulfill every doll order that comes in and not have the families have to pay for it.  I think that a doll is a tangible way to show kindness.
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