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These Replica Dolls For Children With Different Abilities Are So Cute

These Replica Dolls For Children With Different Abilities Are So Cute

Woman Creates Replica Dolls For Children With Different Abilities
In recent weeks, Facebook page 'A Doll Like Me' has hit media headlines for all the right reasons, growing at a rapid rate and gaining support for its truly wonderful cause. 

A passionate and kind-hearted mum-of-three from Wisconsin has set up a business creating dolls for children with physical differences, such as amputated limbs to celebrate their individuality.

Previously a social worker in a paediatric oncology unit, Amy Jandrisevits noticed a lack of diversity in children's toys and one day she decided to change that. 
 
 
"Doll-making has allowed me to combine my love of dolls with my passion for social work. I have always been disappointed in the lack of diversity in dolls. So, as my mom taught me if you don't like it, do something about it." she said.

She believes "that every kid, regardless of gender, ethnicity, age, medical issue, or body type, should have a doll who looks like them".

In the past four years, her dream has become a reality, creating over 300 customized dolls for children across the world free of charge and currently has a never-ending waiting list and requests for customs lookalike dolls.

Each doll costs roughly $100 to make, however, she didn't want cost get in the way of a child and her creations. 

Using crowdfunding platform GoFundMe she fulfils each order through generous donations from the public, enabling her to make of all kinds of dolls. Each doll the mum creates is one of a kind, the only thing every doll is wearing is a smile. 
 

The stay-at-home-mum has made dolls with cleft pallets, limb differences, birthmarks and all kinds of unique abnormalities. Dolls also come in varies colours, genders and body types.

In December she was awarded as GoFundMe's Hero of December. In an update on her GoFundMe page, which is currently trending, she said: "It is an honour to be recognised for what is my labour of love and it is awesome that other people believe in the power of representation."

"On the one side, dolls are validating for the little people they reflect and on the other side, dolls are a tangible way to share kindness and demonstrate acceptance. These children are perfect just the way they are!"
 
Feature image via Facebook

Kellie Kearney is a Dublin mammy of 4 kids aged 2, 3, 4 and 8 (and she is expecting baby #5 in May). A self-confessed procrastinator and picker-upper of things, Kellie would never turn down a coffee and she loves to travel and share every day true to life moments on Instagram of her expanding family. Follow her daily adventures on Instagram