Monday, July 23, 2018

Homes for dolls

These guys went to Comfort Cases via a group in Maryland that had a special toy drive for them.


If you are like me, you probably have far more dolls around your home than there is room for.  So where to find a home for all these dolls?

I have been exploring this conundrum.  Of course, you can sell them if you like.  Sometimes I do, but I'm just not a salesman.  Every year several of my dolls go to my parents church for their annual Christmas bazaar (they even have started asking my Dad if I will have dolls for the bazarr!).   Other possibilities exist in your community:  your church, your local hospital, shelters for women and children, nursing homes for the elderly.  There are also some online possibilities:

1.  Comfort Cases.  They put together supplies and a toy in a backpack for children entering the Foster Care system; for as they say, a garbage bag should NOT be a child's backpack.  They recently held a special drive for immigrant children taken from their parents at the border and entering the Foster Care system, which is how I heard of this (from a good Facebook/Flickr friend), but they provide this caring for all children entering the program.

2. Cancer Kickin' Critters.  In their own words ' Cancer Kickin' Critters is a nonprofit created by a kid to bring comfort to children in the hospital fighting cancer.'  I love this, and will be donating to this group as well.  They are on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for all you social media savvy types:  

Facebook:  Cancer Kickin' Critters
Instagram:  CancerKickinCritters
Twitter:  @CKCritters

I would love to hear of any organizations that you donate to or would recommend.  We can make the world a better place, one handmade doll at a time :-)

6 comments:

  1. Beth, the organization Samaritan's Purse is happy to have handmade dolls and toys included in their Operation Christmas Child boxes. You can go here to find out how to back & send a box: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/pack-a-shoe-box/ Or-- I've been meaning to e-mail you this!-- my mother-in-law's church is hoping to pack and send 30 boxes and would be delighted to have some handmade dolls to include. I've got several made plus changes of clothes for them (because of course that's half the fun of a doll!) but it would be great to have more!

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    1. Anna, I cannot thank you enough for sending this information! And in plenty of time to get things together for Christmas :-) I hope to be able to help both organizations this year, and my parent's church Christmas bazaar as well.

      Thank you, thank you! And have a great day!

      warmly,

      Beth

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  2. This is wonderful <3
    I don´t have much time to crochet and when I make something my kids usually get it...

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    1. Your children are so fortunate to have a Mom that makes them magic! Hook on!

      warmly,

      Beth

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  3. My brothers church does something similar to what Anna Elliott mentioned. I donated a suitcase full of dolls to be sent to children all over the world. I also donate locally to homeless moms through my quilt group.

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    1. Your wonderful talent and generosity are so appreciated, my dear friend. You are touching lives one doll at a time.

      warmly,

      Beth

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