Recently, I was privileged to go to a fireside where the founder of this organization, “Dolls of Hope” spoke about her desire to help children in crisis.
Sarah Parson, a descendent of a Jewish Holocaust survivor, has had a heart for those who innocently suffer by the hands of others. As she heard about refugees in far away lands, she wondered what she could do to help. A young mother of five children, she yearned to help these families find hope and feel safe in their new environments.
While in the car with her children one day, Sara thought about how attached her children were to their stuffed animals. That’s when the thought of a stuffed animal for these refugee children popped in her head. She knew that it was inspiration from the Lord and decided to do something about it. She said she went home and started making bears and hasn’t stopped. She told friends and family and before she knew it, she had a dedicated bedroom holding bears and dolls for victims of war and tragedy. She said that she would hear about different groups traveling to refugee camps and she’d send shipments of bears with them and ask them to hand them out.
Over the years, she’s been able to expand her efforts to help those transitioning all over the world, including in the United States. She has seen how a simple stuffed bear can bring comfort and safety to a child who has lost everything they knew. She said that even a mother in Texas, being held for questioning after crossing the border asked if she could have one for herself along with one for each of her children. Can you imagine the uncertainty and fear that mother was going through?
Organizations that help refugees are contacting Sarah now, asking for more bears and dolls. She has people requesting them by the thousands. So I thought I’d send out the request to help her. Whether you make one or one hundred, is up to you. Each child matters and each child that receives a bear is grateful for the one person who made it for them. If you’d like to make a bear, I’m including the pattern and her contact information. I’d be happy to deliver your bear(s) to her (I live in her area) if you wanted me to, or you can give them to her yourself. Love is at the heart of this organization and the desire to relieve the suffering of transition, loss, and trauma is being fulfilled one stuffed bear and doll at a time.
The bears are hand delivered, one by one, by volunteers who are traveling to these areas for all kinds of reasons. Unlike many other donations that go unused and become unhelpful, these bears are delivered one by one with love. So, if you make one, give it a hug before you pack it away for them, knowing a child that most likely a child in desperate need will receive it.
The bears are the easiest to make but the dolls are not too hard. It’s encouraged to use soft, comfortable fabrics, and if possible, add personal touches to your stuffed friend. In our house, we recycled some fabrics from perfectly good conditioned clothes that my children had outgrown to make several bears. Also, they go all over the world to boys and girls. All human skin tones and features are welcomed and encouraged if you’re making a doll and all kid friendly patterns are great for bears.
“And Alma commanded that the people of the church should impart of their substance, every one according to that which he had; if he have more abundantly he should impart more abundantly; and of him that had but little, but little should be required; and to him that had not should be given.
And thus they should impart of their substance of their own free will and good desires towards God, and to those priests that stood in need, yea, and to every needy, naked soul.
And this he said unto them, having been commanded of God; and they did walk uprightly before God, imparting to one another both temporally and spiritually according to their needs and their wants.
Sarah Parson contact info: email@example.com (801) 369-0195