The Abundant Ground Foundation - Haiti Orphanage - Active Dolly Drive

Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Abundant Ground Foundation is a wonderful organization that has an orphanage in Haiti housing 181 children between the ages of birth to 12. They also provide food and necessary items to displaced families through their Abundant Ground in Haiti program.

They would love to be able to give Dolly Donation Dollies to all of their orphans and will ship them to Haiti on the 14 March  Update: 31 March 2010.

Congratulations this Doll Drive is Completed see the photos HERE!

If we are lucky enough to make more than the 181 goal, Stephanie Victor, the President of The Abundant Ground Foundation, has assured me that they will be gratefully appreciated, shipped and distributed to the children of the surrounding area that have nothing to call their own.

Please send your Dollies to:

Congratulations this Doll Drive is Completed!

By March 31 st 2010….. remember the shipment leaves the US bond for Haiti ON the 31st of March 2010!!!

Don't forget to pop a piece of paper in with your Dollies stating they are from the Dolly Donations Drive so we can get a tally of how many Dolls are turning up. It would be fabulous if you could tell me many you have sent also ;)

Please let me know if you would like to take part in this Dolly Drive by leaving a comment or e-mailing me, and don't forget to send me your finished Dolly photos, or join the Dolly Donations Flickr Group and share them with everyone!

Link to: Dolly Donations Pattern (Please use a brown fabric skin tone).

Have a Question? Please check my FAQ page., leave a comment and/or Click to Email Me

Thank you so much for your help, and Happy Sewing!


spicyapplepie January 31, 2010 at 1:31 PM  

what a wonderful thing to do, how is it going?

Sarah January 31, 2010 at 5:44 PM  

Thanks :) It’s going well thanks! I spent the day cutting out lots of pattern pieces so that I can pick and choose different combos of fabric for each dolly …… it’s been fun, but strange not to make a doll or 2 today ....

Anonymous,  February 1, 2010 at 2:14 PM  

I teach girls on Wednesday nights at church. Iam also a homeschooler, but boys. We have spent the last three weeks making dolls for the Songhai people of Niger. I think we made 18 dolls. They are dark face with sleepy face on one side and smiling, open eyed on the other with a braid across the top of her head to her shoulders. They are not as pretty as if an adult had made them, but they are not too bad.

Since Haiti's circumstances, I have been considering sending them there there instead, although I'm sure the Songhai, who also have nothing and no media focus on them at this time need them as well.

I'll ask the girls Wednesday night what they want to do with them. If they choose Haiti, I'll come back here to get the address.

Liz E. in Oklahoma

Sarah February 1, 2010 at 2:35 PM  

Hi Liz,
Your dolls sound beautiful! But I wouldn’t want to deprive the children of Songhai. If you ever feel like making some more I have a boy Dolly pattern too if your boys would like to make them instead of girl dollies :)
Please stay in touch, take care, Sarah

Amelia February 8, 2010 at 5:23 PM  

hi sarah, i plan to make a dolly. i'll let you know when it's done and in the mail.

regards, Amelia

Elizabeth February 9, 2010 at 7:24 PM  

This is such a wonderful idea! I'm truly inspired by you. I hope you don't mind but I put a link to your post on my blog. You can check it out at, and if you would rather I take off your link and picture, I will. I just thought it was such a neat idea that I wanted to give a few more people a heads up on the opportunity. Either way I like forward to making a doll or three and sending them off.

Sarah February 9, 2010 at 7:39 PM  

Hi Elizabeth!

I can't wait to see your dollies!

I am so happy you have blogged about Dolly Donations, please feel free to keep doing so! Use any of my photos links etc. I just want to get the word out so as many children as possible get dollies!!!

Thanks for finding me, take care, Sarah

Ellen Ault February 9, 2010 at 7:41 PM  

I'll make a dolly and put up pics when finished!

Sarah February 9, 2010 at 8:18 PM  

Thank You Ellen, i had to follow you, i adore your softies!!! Can't wait to see the photos :)

Andrea on Third Street February 11, 2010 at 4:59 AM  

We're going to make some dolls to send, too. I'll let you knw when they are done and on their way.

A few quick questions: can the dolls be animals? If they are people-like dolls, are there any requirements, like skin tone, etc. Just asking because we have a few dolls already made that we would love to send.

We'll also add a link to this post on our site (

Thanks for this wonderful opportunity!

Sarah February 11, 2010 at 7:17 AM  

Thanks Andrea,
I can’t wait to see photos of your dolls! The ones on your flickr page are so lovely!

Right, the skin tone of the dollies, we’re looking for (light or dark) brown tone fabric, I have seen a couple of dolls made with a soft gray fabric that looked fantastic too.

And yes, we are looking for human like dolls for this drive, not animals I’m afraid. But thank you for thinking of us!

Drop by anytime, take care!

Andrea on Third Street February 11, 2010 at 8:32 AM  

Thanks Sarah, I'll keep you posted as things take shape.

Elizabeth February 11, 2010 at 1:05 PM  

This is Elizabeth again. I'm organizing a small group of gals to make these dolls next week. We'll gather to do a bunch in one shot. I'm not sure if any of us will feel comfortable painting. Would it be okay to use felt for the facial features or is the paint perferred for safety reasons?

Sarah February 11, 2010 at 1:45 PM  

Fabulous Elizabeth, you’re a star!!!!

Felt is a safer option over buttons in my book. And as long as you stitch it on well it’s not going anywhere. My 9 month old has plenty of store brought toys with felt features on them and she tries to eats everything!!! That being said… I promise, painting a dolly face isn’t as hard as it looks!

Check out this post on Felt face ideas:

Please take some photos of your wonderful girls at work and I’ll post them on the blog :)

Thanks, have fun next weekend and Happy Sewing!

Irene M - London,  February 19, 2010 at 8:32 AM  

Hi Sarah,

What a lovely initiative. A couple of friends and me are thinking of doing some this weekend. Which size are these dolls? I did a couple of dolls recently but from a different pattern, can I send them if the size is similar? Also... do you need more boys or girls? :D


Sarah February 19, 2010 at 9:06 AM  

Hi Irene,

That’s fantastic! Thank you so much. And yes, we are accepting other hand made dolls of different sizes as long as they look similar to the Dolly Donation rag doll and have a brown skin tone! We still need both boy and girl dollies, and any extras will be handed out to the local children who have nothing to call their own. It would be lovely if you could send me some photos of the finished dollies so I can feature them on the blog. Take care, and Happy Sewing!

gnomeangel February 20, 2010 at 6:16 PM  

What a beautiful idea. I'm going to make a Dolly and send it in. Thank you so much for sharing this information and allowing us to help.

I've blogged about it as well to try and spread the word.

Thank you so much for making the world a better place!

Sarah February 20, 2010 at 9:57 PM  

Thank you, ... and it's my pleasure ... but i couldn't do it without you ;) ...... all of you :)

Ira'n February 21, 2010 at 2:04 PM  

I just found your blog and I think that this is a wonderful idea!! In fact, I am teaching my little girl to sew, so this would be a great way to teach her to do things for others while learning an important art. God Bless you!

Irin M

Sarah February 21, 2010 at 2:45 PM  

Thank you Irin, i hope you and your little girl have fun sewing a dolly!

Emily,  February 23, 2010 at 3:20 PM  

I know I'm a little late, but I'd love to make a few.

Sarah February 23, 2010 at 3:25 PM  

You are not late at all Emily! Please do, we have a whole month of sewing ahead :)

Allison February 23, 2010 at 7:42 PM  

I would also like to make a few. I love to make dolls and have often wished I could contribute something like this. What a great idea!

Sarah February 23, 2010 at 8:05 PM  

Thanks Allison, that would be lovely, can't wait to see them, and please tell your friends about us!

Stefanie,  February 27, 2010 at 9:59 PM  

Hello. This is a wonderful idea. Here in Portland, OR, The Emerson School families are holding a school fundraiser (sing-a-long Annie) and are encouraging people (kids and adults) to make dolls and bring them to the movie On March 14. We will collect them and send to New York.
~ Stefanie

Sarah February 28, 2010 at 8:34 AM  

Thanks so much for helping Stefanie! What a wonderful idea! I’d love to get a photo of all your dollies before you send them off to New York so that I can share them with everyone on the blog. Thanks so much to all of The Emerson School families, happy sewing and enjoy the movie ;)

Shalva,  March 3, 2010 at 3:52 AM  

For her 7th birthday, my little sister, Claire, decided that she would have all of her girlfriends over to make Dolly Donations. In lieu of gifts, her friends are bringing the supplies they want to use for their dolly. Making the dolls will keep them entertained and teaches them a lesson about doing good for the world.

Sarah March 3, 2010 at 7:03 AM  

What a wonderful idea Shalva. Please thank your little sister Claire for me, I am sure she will have a birthday dolly making party to remember!

If you take any photos, I’d love to feature Claire and all of you making ‘birthday’ dollies on the blog. It’s such an inspiring story for others out there!

Take care, stay in touch …. And HAPPY BIRTHDAY CLAIRE!!!

Sonnja March 7, 2010 at 2:59 AM  

Hello Sarah,

Pleas, read my blog
and mail me when I send also send Beertje Zonn
Bear regards,

Beertje Zonn & Sonnja

Anonymous,  March 10, 2010 at 5:15 PM  

I will participate!
Raquel from Florida

Wendy March 15, 2010 at 11:43 PM  

Hi Sarah,

I made 5 dolls, 4 girls one boy. I'm sending them off tommorow.


Sarah March 16, 2010 at 7:17 AM  

Thank you Wendy! Would love a photo of them if you have one :) to pop on the blog!

Take care and Happy Sewing!

Stefanie,  March 21, 2010 at 3:00 PM  

The students at The Emerson School in Portland, Oregon sent a box of dolls (about 12) to New York on Monday, March 14. 6 and 7-year olds made and collected them as part of an Annie Sing-A-Long. The students are also studying mail so they went to the post office and mailed the box themselves! They are interested in tracking the dolls when they are sent to Haiti- any possibility of this?

Thank you for all your work! I will email photos.
The Emerson School, Parent

Sarah March 21, 2010 at 7:45 PM  

Hi Stefanie,

That is fantastic! Well done to all the children and teachers for helping make this project a reality! Can’t wait to see the photos!

I will look into seeing if I can get any tracking information. All I currently know it, they leave for Haiti by boat ….. so I think it’s more cargo (they will be in a crate/container) than mail.

Beansieleigh March 25, 2010 at 7:34 AM  

I'm not sure where to post this comment, but I will do so here, then again on your most current post. I have finished 5 crochet dolls, and will be shipping them out to the Roosevelt, NY address later this morning! It has been my pleasure to make these, and I only wish I could have made more. Time is such a crunch, and I know I'm not alone when I wish there was "more time in a day"! The post where you can see my dolls is here:

If ever you're looking to do more, please let me know, and I'll certainly see what I can do! ~tina

Amelia March 26, 2010 at 8:35 PM  

ooops, too late? i was just checking for some face tips and see that the drive is complete. should i still send the finished doll? where to and what note should i put with it?

Sarah March 26, 2010 at 9:25 PM  

Hi Amelia,

Please don’t worry and don’t rush your dolly. I will be setting up a new Dolly Drive ASAP, I promise ;) It’s nice to know we’ll have your doll already! Horraaaaaahhh!! Thank you so much for making one and being the first to take part in our next dolly drive!


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