Bald Dolls for Children
Bald Dolls Help Kids with Cancer or Alopecia
Toy manufacturers have made great strides in creating dolls with a variety of skin colors and hair types, and some have even created dolls with glasses, crutches or wheelchairs so kids can have dolls that reflect their own appearance. But until recently, bald dolls weren't an option. Now that is changing.
Bratz and Moxie Girlz have already released bald dolls that you can buy online or at toy stores, American Girl is taking phone orders for a new bald doll and Barbie will soon be releasing a bald Barbie doll that will be donated to hospitals. This is great news for children who've lost their hair due to illness. If you'd like to get one of these dolls, this page has information about all of the bald dolls and how you can get one.
Bald Moxie Girlz True Hope Dolls - Bald dolls come with hat and second outfit
The official Moxie Girlz website reminds visitors that, "Every girl has the strength to do something amazing. Anything is possible as long as you stay true to yourself and never give up on your dreams!"
These bald dolls reinforce that message for girls with cancer, alopecia or any other illness that causes hair loss. Each True Hope dolls come with two outfits and a hat. The dolls not only can help give girls a doll that looks like them, but they also fight in the fight against cancer. For each doll sold, MGA Entertainment (which owns both Moxie Girlz and Bratz) will donate $1 to the City of Hope, a Comprehensive Cancer Center in Los Angeles.
There are three Moxie Girlz True Hope dolls - Sophina, Jaxson and Avery (shown below).
Product description: The Moxie Girlz True Hope dolls help instill inspiration, confidence and strength in young girls in their fight against cancer.Moxie True Hope Doll Features:Moxie Girlz wearing casual fashionsIncludes hat and second fashion for the doll. Comes with bead bracelet for the girl. A portion from the sale of this doll is being donated to the City of Hope.
Moxie Girlz True Hope Doll - Sophina - Another bald Moxie Girlz doll
As with the Mozie Girlz doll above, the Sophina doll comes with two outfits and a hat, so girls can have fun dressing their dolls, and Moxie Girlz will donate $1 to the City of Hope for each purchase.
Product description: The Moxie Girlz True Hope dolls help instill inspiration, confidence and strength in young girls in their fight against cancer. Moxie True Hope Doll Features:Moxie Girlz wearing casual fashionsIncludes hat and second fashion for the doll. Comes with bead bracelet for the girl. A portion from the sale of this doll is being donated to the City of Hope.
Bratz True Hope Dolls - Bratz dolls also donate money to cancer research
MGA Entertainment, the makers of Moxie Girlz, are also the makers of Bratz, and the toy manufacturer has decided to also release bald dolls for this popular line of dolls. There are three dolls (two girls and one boy) in the Bratz True Hope line - Cloe, Yasmin and Cameron.
The image shown here is for the Yasmin Bratz doll. Like the other Bratz and Moxie Girlz dolls, she comes with a hat and two outfits, and each sale will result in a $1 donation to the City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Care Center.
The Bratz dolls help instill inspiration, confidence and strength into young girls in their fight against cancer. Bratz True Hope Doll Features:Bratz characters wearing trendy fashions. Includes one hat and second fashion for the doll. Comes with Bead Bracelet for the girl. A portion from the sale of this doll is being donated to the City of Hope.
Bratz Boyz True Hope Doll - Cameron - A bald boy doll
Boys may not enjoy playing with dolls as much as girls do, but this bald doll is great both for boys who have cancer or girls who might have a young brother, cousin or male friend with any illness that can cause baldness. As with the dolls above, the manufacturer will donate $1 to the City of Hope for each purchase.
Product description: The Bratz dolls help instill inspiration, confidence and strength into young girls in their fight against cancer. Bratz True Hope Doll Features:Bratzcharacters wearing trendy fashions. Includes one hat and second fashion for the doll. Comes with Bead Bracelet for the girl. A portion from the sale of this doll is being donated to the City of Hope
Ella is Bald Barbie Doll Friend
Mattel is donating the dolls to hospitals
A couple years ago, two moms of daughters who lost their hair due to chemotherapy started a Facebook campaign urging Mattel to make a bald Barbie doll. The campaign quickly earned enough Facebook likes to catch the attention of Mattel. The company soon invited the moms to their headquarters to discuss the idea.
As a result, Mattel announced on their own Facebook page that they'd agreed to create a bald "friend of Barbie." The company's announcement said that dolls would "include wigs, hats, scarves and other fashion accessories to provide girls with a traditional fashion play experience. For those girls who choose, the wigs and head coverings can be interchanged or completely removed."
Mattel released the new doll, named Ella, in 2013 amid some controversy over the fact that the doll comes packaged with a wig on, so she doesn't seem bald at first glance.
Mattel is not offering the dolls for sale. Instead, they are donating them to children's hospitals and other groups, such as the National Alopecia Areata Foundation.
Many people and organizations, including the official Vatican newspaper, asked Mattel to reconsider the decision and to put the dolls on toy store shelves, but right now the only way to get one of the dolls will be to get it through a hospital or organization that has received a donation.
(Image of Ella doll copyright Mattel via the Beautiful and Bald Barbie Facebook page)
How to Get the Bald American Girl Doll
Orders are being accepted by phone only
After Mattel announced in March 2012 that it would be producing a bald friend of Barbie in response to a Facebook campaign, American Girl soon followed suit. The announcement was made on the American Girl Facebook page on June 28, 2012.
In its Facebook post, the company said they had been working for more than a year on a doll "without hair option for girls affected by cancer, alopecia, or any medical condition causing hair loss."
American Girl is not offering the bald dolls on their website. Instead, interested customers need to call American Girl at 1-800-628-5145 to place an order. They will also be donating some of the bald dolls to the Children's Hospital Association.
(Image credit: American Girl)
Go Bald to Help End Childhood Cancer! - Are you ready to shave your head to raise funds for cancer research?
Every three minutes, a child is diagnosed with cancer. But only 4% of US federal research funding for cancer is devoted to childhood cancer.
St. Baldrick's Foundation is volunteer-driven nonprofit organization "committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives." One of the ways they do this is to hold head-shaving events.
If you'd like to go bald to help raise money for childhood cancer, or would like to support their efforts in another way, please visit St. Baldrick's.
(Photo of Cayne Howard at a St. Baldrick's head shaving by Lisa Howard. My partner was one of about 300 people who shaved their heads in March 2013 at The Westfield Galleria in Roseville, California. Of the participants, 51 of them were female, including a girl who shaved her head for her 16th birthday. Her dad and younger brother all shaved their heads. Several of the women had long hair that they also donated to Locks of Love.)
Learn How About the Ripple Effects of Child Cancer Research - See how St. Baldrick's helps to improve the lives of children and families
Bald dolls are great for kids with cancer, alopecia or other medical conditions that can lead to hair loss.
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