First of all, Happy World Doll Day Broken Doll Family! I hope you have or are making plans to give a doll away today. To celebrate World Doll Day, I wanted to make a special post on a very special charity that we LOVE. You may or may not know yet, but The Broken Doll is no longer a one of a kind doll charity. I have been so blessed to get to know people throughout the world who have the same heart and drive as we do, to help children in need through play. I met Debbie Hutton over a year ago on one of the many doll boards I used to belong to when I was learning the ins and outs of the doll world. This wonderful Canadian lady was always such a joy to chat with and we connected instantly. She was always interested in what we were doing with the Broken Doll and asked a lot of questions that I was happy to answer. It was time well spent because Canada now has Debbie to help kids in need there through Broken Doll Healing Hearts. Here is what Debbie has to say…
Broken Doll Healing Heart was started because of the sadness I felt by the number of displaced children in our city; by the number of murders including a 7 year old girl. The number of foster children in care is staggering and I wondered what I could do to help.
A Foster Knows
I myself grew up in foster care I knew all too well what it is like to have nothing, to be so lonely it hurts; to have nothing to hold on to; nothing to call your own. A friend told me about The Broken Doll. It was an amazing page and an amazing lady running it. This was exactly what I wanted to. So, with the help and blessing of The Broken Doll, my page was formed.
Goal of BDHH
My goal is that every foster child has a doll to call their own, a friend to take with them on their long journey. Due to the violence and sickness in the community, I had to take it up one more step. So Trisha’s Corner was added to Broken Dolls Healing Hearts before Christmas 2014. Trisha’s Corner is for children suffering from medical conditions or severe trauma. These care packages contain all new items such as dolls or teddy bears for boys, coloring books and crayons, reading books, hats, pajamas and quilts (for the child and doll/teddy bear). Everything in the package was what a child would need for a hospital stay.
Last year, Broken Dolls Healing Hearts gave 70 packages to foster children and another and 25 packages went to other displaced children. I am so thankful for my American sister group, The Broken Doll, and for all the people that have joined us in our journeys. My goal is to change my community, my country (Canada) and our world, one child at a time.
The goal of collecting, restoring and then giving these dolls away is about turning children’s tears into smiles if only for a brief time and to show them that there is someone in this big world that cares. The first little girl I helped buy a doll for passed away a few weeks ago. She was only six-years-old and it broke my heart more then I can say. But I know she is dancing in heaven holding her doll tightly.
Contact BDHH in Canada
If you live in Canada, are from Canada or want to support this amazing charity and are outside of Canada, please get in contact with Debbie Hutton. I can’t say enough about her generosity and the generosity of those who have donated to Broken Dolls Healing Hearts.
Would you like to know about starting a sister or brother charity like this in your state or country? Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. It takes a community to raise a child. The world is our community. Love and blessings to each of you!