Woman Customizes Lookalike Dolls For Kids With Disabilities To Make Them Feel Better
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Battling with disability and illnesses is challenging for anyone, and for kids it especially difficult. While kids will have to cope with regularly feeling unwell, a lot of terminally ill kids also feel ostracized and experience bullies for being special.
Nevertheless, one woman is on the right track in eradicating some of the loneliness that comes with disabilities and illnesses by making customized dolls for ill-children.
Amy Jandrisevits from Wisconsin started the journey with one simple request and now she’s putting in all the effort to eradicate some of the loneliness that comes with disabilities and illnesses by making customized dolls for ill-children
Amy Jandrisevits from Wisconsin started the journey with one simple request, which has now transformed into a booming nonprofit business. 5 years ago, the doll maker, who presently runs her own company was asked by a mom to customize a unique doll for daughter, who had lost one leg as a result of amputation.
Since then and after sharing her work on social media, particularly on Facebook, Amy was flooded with requests from other parents who wanted their kids to have dolls that appear just like them.
‘Being different make children feel isolated and judged. With a customized doll, any child will see he or she isn’t the only one who looks this way.’ Amy said in an Interview with the People.
The founder of ‘A Doll Like Me’ also revealed that requests are majorly done for kids who wouldn’t find dolls that look like them in stores due to the health conditions that make their skin, limbs, and faces look different.
She added: ‘Limb differences, scars birthmarks and skin coloring are all things you would rarely see in dolls, but for children with the aforementioned, such kind of doll is everything.’
However, Amy charges $100 for a doll, including a delivery fee, but when a parent is unable to afford the price, Amy covers up the expenses from her own pocket as a donation. She had launched a GoFundMe account and earnings go directly to families who can’t pay the full price of a doll for their child.