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The Giving Doll Charity & Links to Free Cloth Doll Patterns

Updated on February 28, 2015
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A Giving Doll Milestone

A wonderful milestone was reached when doll number 10,000 was donated in December of 2011.

History and Mission of The Giving Doll

In March 2006, Jan Householder decided to begin a community volunteer project when her friend’s daughter, Katherine, became a patient at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Jan organized volunteers who gathered together to sew handmade cloth dolls. Katherine would then distribute the dolls to other children who were with her in the research program when she went in for treatments.

As further needs became evident in a variety of settings, The Giving Doll program expanded, becoming a 501 © (3) non-profit organization in 2009.

The Giving Doll mission, as found on their website thegivingdoll.com, is as follows:

“Our Mission is to give faith, love, joy, hope and comfort to children worldwide, at times of special need through the construction and distribution of handmade cloth dolls.”

Today, The Giving Doll distributes their special dolls to children all over the world giving hope, love and comfort to children in need.

The Giving Doll Headquarters

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Wadsworth, OH:
Wadsworth, OH, USA

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Location of The Giving Doll World Headquarters

During the summer of 2011, The Giving Doll Shop became a reality. With help from loyal volunteers, a building space was cleaned, painted and repaired giving further incentive to keep this beautiful program going.

The headquarters now has space for meetings, material and supply storage, and ample working areas to complete construction of the dolls.

Located at 229 College Street in Wadsworth, Ohio USA, The Giving Doll Shop is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday.

Interested volunteers in the area should feel free to stop by to chat with the volunteers, watch dolls being made and learn how you can get involved.

Additional Giving Doll Program Locations in the U.S.

A
Palmetto FL:
Palmetto, FL, USA

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B
Largo, FL:
Largo, FL, USA

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C
Narrows, VA:
Narrows, VA 24124, USA

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D
Raymond, ME:
Raymond, ME, USA

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E
Ronkonkoma, NY:
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779, USA

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F
Middletown, DE:
Middletown, DE, USA

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G
Beverly, NJ:
Beverly, NJ, USA

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H
Albuquerque, NM:
Albuquerque, NM, USA

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I
Oxford, CT:
Oxford, CT, USA

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J
Oglesby, TX:
Oglesby, TX, USA

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How Can I Get Involved With The Giving Doll Program

There are many ways you can make a difference.

Become a Giving Doll Volunteer

Volunteer individually by making dolls or at church groups or sewing and quilting guilds. I've included some free online cloth doll patterns below.

Make a Tax Deductible Financial Donation to The Giving Doll

A tax deductible donation can be made securely online through PayPal or via check by mail. Checks should be mailed to The Giving Doll, P.O. Box 972, Wadsworth, OH 44282

Consider Donating Supplies

If you are unable to participate in the making of the dolls, consider donating supplies. Items needed include:

  • Woven cotton and/or cotton blend fabric
  • Polyfill (stuffing)
  • Yarn that is a common hair color
  • Thread, lace, elastic and trims
  • Doll blankets
  • Tote bags
  • Boy and girl clothes
  • Gift cards to stores with crafts and fabric such as JoAnn Fabrics, Michael’s Crafts and WalMart

For more information, feel free to visit the website link above or email Jan Householder at jan@thegivingdoll.com

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Free Online Cloth Doll or Rag Doll Patterns

Below you will find a variety of hot links to free online patterns for cloth dolls.

Cloth Doll Connection

The Cloth Doll Connection offers dozens of free online cloth doll patterns including helpful tips and techniques.

Cloth Doll Connection

Judi's Dolls

Judi's Dolls claims to design their dolls so well, that they look great undressed. You will find some adorable free patterns on her site.

Judi's Dolls

Free Cloth Doll Patterns

This website is a wonderful compilation of links to free patterns.

Free Cloth Doll Patterns

The Magic Bean

This fun blog has a unique variety of free cloth doll patterns you may enjoy.

The Magic Bean

SewingSupport.com

Easy to navigate website with over 50 free cloth doll patterns plus how-to advice.

SewingSupport.com

Volunteering With The Giving Doll Program

Getting involved with a wonderful program such as The Giving Doll can be extremely rewarding. Whether you are able to make a donation or actually create beautiful cloth dolls, your generosity will be cherished more than you could ever imagine.

This is Sharyn's Slant

Tutorial for Sewing a Cloth Doll

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      Sharon Smith 

      6 weeks ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Ann, that is SO sweet. Good for you, best wishes!

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      Ann Hykin - Arden, NC 

      6 weeks ago

      I saw the Giving Doll on a rerun of Sewing with Nancy.

      I want to get a pattern and try making one. i would love to

      donate dolls to children. Thank you for your heart work!

    • Sharyn's Slant profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharon Smith 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Penelope ~ aw, thanks so much for your great feedback and votes/shares too. Very much appreciated!

      Sharyn

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      Penelope Hart 

      5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      This is so cute and so wonderfully helpful..Voting and sharing and tweeting too.

    • Sharyn's Slant profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharon Smith 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Shasta ~ it really is a great program. Thank you so much for your feedback and vote. Hope you have a great weekend!

      Sharyn

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      Shasta Matova 

      5 years ago from USA

      I did not know about this program, and you have provided much useful information about how to participate. How wonderful that such a program exists! Voted up.

    • Sharyn's Slant profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharon Smith 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi RT ~ you are welcome. I love highlighting charities like this. Thank you so much for stopping by!

      Sharyn

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      RTalloni 

      5 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks so much for highlighting The Giving Doll program for us and for the links to doll patterns!

    • Sharyn's Slant profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharon Smith 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Pras ~ great to see you here. I appreciate you stopping by to read and comment. Thank you so much!

      Sharyn

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      prasetio30 

      5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love this doll. My friend, you have wonderful idea here. Especially for donating or charity. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!

      Prasetio

    • Sharyn's Slant profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharon Smith 

      5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Mizjo ~ great to meet you. This really is a worthwhile project and I am glad to hear you will get involved. Thank you for your feedback and for sharing this article. Have a great holiday!

      Sharyn

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      mizjo 

      6 years ago from New York City, NY

      Hi, Sharyn, this is a wonderful, worthwhile project, a heartwarming article and a Call to Action. I'm going to get involved in New York. Sharing everywhere.

    • Sharyn's Slant profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharon Smith 

      6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Yvonne ~ You are welcome. I like writing about special charities such as The Giving Doll. I appreciate you stopping by.

      Sharyn

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      Yvonne Spence 

      6 years ago from UK

      This is such a lovely idea, and it's so nice it has spread to so many places. Thanks for highlighting this charity!

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      Sharon Smith 

      6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Gypsy Rose Lee ~ thanks for your wonderful comments and for passing this article on. Very much appreciated!

      Sharyn

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. Thank you for this informative and worthy hub. A wonderful project. Passing this on.

    • Sharyn's Slant profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharon Smith 

      6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Mo ~ isn't it such a sweet program. Thank you so much for stopping by to check it out!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 

      6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Maria ~ Thank you so much for your touching feedback. I always appreciate what you have to say. I hope you are doing well.

      Sharyn

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Sharon, these are adorable and what a wonderful program. It is great of you to have included all of the names and locations with the map. Jan and Katherine's story is heartwarming and inspirational. Thank you for sharing.

    • Sharyn's Slant profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharon Smith 

      6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Billy ~ me too. Programs like this are so awesome and meaningful Thank you so much for stopping by!

      Sharyn

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Sharon,

      What a beautiful and inspirational program. Thank you for this heartwarming review and the necessary contact information.

      This is a wonderful venture that we can all help in some way.

      Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love programs like this one....thank you for introducing us to the worthy enterprise. Well done Sharon!

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