The Giving Doll Charity & Links to Free Cloth Doll Patterns
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
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.
Soft Sculpture Cloth Doll Patterns
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Free Cloth Doll Patterns
This website is a wonderful compilation of links to free patterns.
The Magic Bean
This fun blog has a unique variety of free cloth doll patterns you may enjoy.
Easy to navigate website with over 50 free cloth doll patterns plus how-to advice.
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.
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