We all love the novelty and sentimental value that a specialized gift brings us. So when we find a pendant which spells our name, our first impulse is to buy it although that is not always the case for those of us who have a unique name.
But that is no big deal since there are numerous other ways in which we can get many things for ourselves or our significant other in order to feel special.
Amy Jandriesvits, a doll-maker, is fulfilling the void which special children might have by making them personalized dolls. These unique dolls help them feel accepted in society. Their so-called, not so normal characteristics make them feel ostracized in the community, but these dolls give them so much happiness.
As Amy describes in her campaign on GoFundMe, she was engaged in play therapy using dolls, but it came to her notice that the dolls that were being used had dense thick hair and were in the pink of their health. Unfortunately, the children that she used to interact with were not in the same condition.
Hence, in order to mitigate this problem, she started making Raggedy Ann unique dolls for the children. When parents came to know about her work, they requested certain customizations in the unique dolls to match the distinctions which rendered their kids special.
Ever since then, she has made about 300 dolls, but her ever-growing list of customers has been steady. Each doll that she sews, costs about $100USD, but the smiles and excitement on the faces of the kids make it priceless.
This is where the GoFundMe campaign comes into play. She intends to provide a doll to each child without having to charge for them, so the campaign aims to make A Doll Like Me a not-for-profit organization. She wants to help special children emotionally by providing them with free personalized dolls.
By the sight of things that have come, people are responding very well to her campaign. She has already managed to raise over $70,000USD out of the target of $100,000USD.
As per Amy’s Facebook account, she has learned to make different kinds of dolls along with this mission. She has made numerous dolls which encompass several variations, in tune with their special owners. She has made dolls with albinism, birthmarks, burn scars and also taught herself to include hand distinctions and different limbs.
After all, what makes all of her hard work worth all the effort she has put in is a child saying, “she looks just like I do!’ It makes her endeavour of providing dolls for special children a huge success.
It is so beautiful to see the smiles of the children who get to play with these dolls. From the baby without an arm to the cute girl with albinism, they certainly look very happy after receiving the dolls which look just like them. They can now have confidence in a society which doesn’t treat them equally. More power to them!