Kids today love personalizing things. From Build-a-Bear to American Girl dolls, children love any opportunity to make a toy that looks like them. But, many companies only have dolls and toys that support the societal version of “normal children.” However, as we all know, many children have different and unique personal traits that deserve to be seen and recognized. Like, for example, kids with disabilities.
One former social worker out of Wisconsin has made it her mission to create a more equal representation in children’s toys by custom making her own dolls for children with disabilities. Amy Jandrisevits is the founder of an incredible business called A Doll Like Me.
The project’s aim is to create custom dolls that have the same characteristics as their owners with disabilities and rare conditions.
Amy wrote on her personal Facebook.
“Even when I was a social worker, I thought it was important to have dolls available to the kids because everyone should have something to hold. Everyone should have a doll that looks like them.”
Every doll is made uniquely to represent the child who requests them.
Each doll typically costs around $100, but if a family can’t afford to pay that Amy will do whatever it takes to make sure their child can still have a doll.
“When they can’t afford it, I’ll find a way to cover it myself. Whatever it costs, whatever I have to do, I’m going to get a doll in the hands of these children. This isn’t just a business. It’s the right thing to do.”
Amy’s ultimate goal is to turn her passion into a non-profit so that every kid can have their own doll free of charge. In order to fund these special creations, Amy started a GoFundMe which has already raised $38,000 out of $50,000 goal.