Active Dolly Drive: Free The Kids - Dolls for Haiti Orphans

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Free The Kids Dolly Donation Drive 2010 has been completed!

Please follow this link for a list of  Active Doll Drives

Free The Kids (Theo’s Work inc.)  is a wonderful organization that was founded by Father Marc to help orphaned and vulnerable children in Haiti. His orphanage situated in Southern Haiti was set up to care for young children and teenage boys from the streets, however since the earth quake there has been an ever growing population of girls who have found a new home at ‘Hope Village’.

Some of the happy children at Hope Village. Source 

“ At Free The Kids/Espwa we have seen significant suffering as well. As many of you know, before the earthquake, we had 650 children in our care at Pwoje Espwa Sud in Les Cayes, Haiti. We now have just over 800. Our food, housing, clothing, sanitation, and schools are stretched to their limit. Many of our children are sleeping 4 to a bed.”

With the success of our last drive, I know we will be able to provide a little extra comfort to these children.

Dee Orlowski, West Region Director for Free The Kids, has asked if we can provide their younger children with 132 dolls. All extra dolls will be given out to those children that are admitted after the start date of this drive and to the younger ones that attend the school and vocational training classes (over 1,100 children) in Hope Village from the poor surrounding neighborhoods.

They need 132 dolls.
 32 girl dolls, and 100 boy dolls by November 2010.

Completed!  Well Done Everyone!!!

Remember boy dolls can wear Hawaiian shirts (flower/girly print fabric scraps!)! Soccer is a huge sport in Haiti, why not appliqué a number to the back of a doll’s shirt and put a pair of shorts on him? (click here for a great free boy shorts pattern) He’ll be ready to hit the soccer pitch with his new best friend in no time!

Click here for my free doll patterns!

The Free The Kids Dolly Donation Drive has been completed!

By November 1st ….. remember the shipment leaves the US bond for Haiti ON the 1st of November.

Stanley & Moustafa, Hope Village 2010 Source

Thank You So Much Everyone! Don’t forget to tell all your friends!!

Take Care and Happy Sewing!


Sian May 5, 2010 at 12:46 AM  

Wonderful! A new project to get started on.

A.Rhodes May 5, 2010 at 4:38 AM  

YAY!!! I can't wait to get started!!!!!

A.Rhodes May 5, 2010 at 4:50 AM  

BTW blogged about this, trying to help get the word out!!

nicole May 5, 2010 at 7:04 AM  

I cant wait to start..i have so many ideas...

Gail May 5, 2010 at 10:05 AM  

I love the idea of sending more dolls to Haiti but the deadline of November seems so far away. The children need our love now!!!! What's the reason for the delay in sending the dolls? Keep up the good work! Blessings to all!!!

Sarah May 5, 2010 at 1:17 PM  

Dear Gail,

Although Haiti is not front page news any more the county’s structure is still in turmoil. Due to political unrest, and strict customs procedures, many shipments of vital aid, such as medical supplies, are trapped in customs. Due to this, it is very difficult to find an organization willing to fight to get the doll shipments through. Most have very limited space for essential items such as food, shelter, medicine. My worst fear is that everyone takes the time and love to make the dolls and then they don’t make it to the children. That is why I make every effort to find reputable organizations that have the means, infrastructure and networks to allow our dolls to successfully reach the children.

I cannot tell you how grateful I am to Free The Kids for giving us this opportunity to help comfort a child in need.

Thank you so much for taking part in the drive, Happy Sewing!


Gail May 6, 2010 at 7:05 AM  

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to help. I'll be working on a doll or two. Blessings to all.

Vee May 6, 2010 at 8:01 AM  

Hi, Sarah!

I blogged about this new drive on my site:

November sounds far, but if that's what it is, that's what it is. I welcome the extra time to get some sewing done! November will be here before we know it ....

Peace, blessings, and thanks for helping us crafty gals unite for a good cause.

Amanda May 7, 2010 at 1:32 PM  

I just found out about this and am so excited to participate! I'm trying to get the word out and get some of my friends involved too. I'm glad there's a bit of time before the deadline, so I can make more dolls and get my friends to do the same.

Sarah May 7, 2010 at 5:21 PM  

Thanks so much Amanda! So glad you could join us!

Take care & Happy Sewing!

Anonymous,  May 8, 2010 at 6:34 AM  

Count me in!!!!! Thanks once again for giving us the opportunity to help. It can be depressing sometimes, turning on the radio and hearing about all the sadness in the world and not be in a position to do a lot to make it better. At least, sitting at our sewing tables, we can know that we are doing something to help and to show these poor people that the world isn't totally heartless and that there is still a lot of love there. Thanks for that. Pippa xxx

FeltLikeStitchin May 9, 2010 at 1:15 PM  

I'm looking forward to making some more dollies - I'll blog about it again to help spread the word:)

Sarah May 9, 2010 at 7:32 PM  

Thanks so much Claire! Any forums you can help me with again too would be fab!

Happy Sewing!

Amanda May 12, 2010 at 3:12 PM  

So much fun! I got my first group of dolls finished today and will definitely be making more this summer. I've been sharing my progress with my friends on Facebook and mentioning it on forums I frequent (swapmamas, somethingawful, craftforum), so hopefully we can get even more people involved.

Sarah May 12, 2010 at 8:39 PM  

Fabulous News! Thanks so much Amanda, if there’s any way you could send me some photos of your finished dolls, I’d love to share them with the DD community!

Thanks so much for helping to spread the word, Happy Sewing!


Amanda May 16, 2010 at 2:23 PM  

I added a photo to the flickr gallery (amanda sews) and am excited to get working on more dolls!

bloombub May 19, 2010 at 3:25 AM  

Hi Sarah,

Your Drive has been doing the rounds of the crafting mums on Facebook - hoping to rustle up a few dolls to come from Australia for you. There'll be one at least from me. You're doing an amazing job

Sarah May 20, 2010 at 10:37 AM  

Thanks Amanda, i will have to start posting everyones dolly photos asap!!

Thanks so much Belinda, you're a star!!

Cat May 24, 2010 at 4:29 PM  

Great idea, I'm in. Will do a post on my blog this week too to help spread the word.

Sarah May 24, 2010 at 6:28 PM  

Thanks so much Cat, love your blog! Can't wait to see your finished dollies :)

Cotton Kiwi May 25, 2010 at 12:55 AM  

Hi Sarah. A friend blogged about your appeal today and I'll be blogging about it later this week. I've just finished one doll and will hopefully get another done for you later this week. They are both boys dolls. Thanks for all your hard work. I bet the kids really appreciate the dolls.

Sarah May 25, 2010 at 7:52 AM  

Thank you so much Sarah, I can't wait to share your dollies with DD community when they are finished! The first one (I’ve already had a sneak peak on your blog) is so cute! And you are right, the kids love getting them.

Thanks for spreading the word!


Cat May 25, 2010 at 7:29 PM  

Hi Sarah - blogged here

I better get making :-)


annette June 4, 2010 at 1:52 PM  

Hi Sarah:

Thank you for organizing another great drive - count me in for two boy dolls.

Eve June 15, 2010 at 1:36 PM  

Hello Sarah,
I will definitely be participating in this doll request for the Free The Kids organization :D

I would like to know, would you be interested in other orphanages that would love the dolls, such as in Ethiopia and Peru?

Sarah June 16, 2010 at 1:39 PM  

Hi Eve, that’s wonderful, and yes I am always interested in other orphanages around the world!

Hugs June 29, 2010 at 2:36 PM  

This is such a wonderful idea! I actually wanted to do something like this when the Haiti quake first took place but I didn't know how to go about making it a reality.

I'm so glad I found your blog. Please count me in. I will start making dolls this weekend.

Little Foots July 1, 2010 at 11:10 AM  

Thank you for your kind comment on my blog. I'm so happy to have "met" you online. I would love to participate in this activity. I will get started on some dolls to help out too.

Sarah July 8, 2010 at 8:12 AM  

I just finished my doll and will be shipping it soon!

Kathryn July 10, 2010 at 1:36 AM  

I just found out about this through Craftgossip and I can't wait to start sewing some dolls!

Thanks so much for posting all the info - it's a wonderful idea! :)

Sarah@Dolls And Daydreams July 10, 2010 at 5:39 AM  

Thanks for joining in the fun Kathryn!

Eleanors Boutique July 10, 2010 at 12:58 PM  

Hi Sarah,

I have blogged about you on my new blog and will be telling my friends all about the dolly drive. You are an inspiration to us all!

Laura x

Eleanors Boutique July 10, 2010 at 1:05 PM  

Hi Sarah,

I have blogged about the dolly drive on my new blog and will be telling all my friends about the dolly drive. You are an inspiration to us all.

Laura x

Nancy July 17, 2010 at 10:36 PM  

hola Sarah acabo de enterarme, me apunto para hacer al menos una muñeca, veo si despues puedo hacer mas, me llevo el link a mi blog asi mas amigas se enteran, un beso nancy de Uruguay

Michele July 23, 2010 at 11:29 AM  

i want to make a few of these dollies for your drive. i'll be starting in the following week. what a great thing to do. i've put your button on my blog so hopefully others will see it too. i am impressed!

Tere July 30, 2010 at 3:40 PM  

Count me in! I found your "advanced" pattern and will start on them this weekend! I know we can make the goal! What a great thing to do.

Roo @ nicegirlnotes August 6, 2010 at 1:53 PM  

Hi Sarah,

Do you have a total count thus far?

Sarah@Dolls And Daydreams August 6, 2010 at 3:22 PM  

Hi Roo ... we have around 30 at the US drop off address to date ... but more are showing up by the day :)

Hello there! My name is June August 7, 2010 at 11:25 AM  

November 1 ... I can do this! Thank you for the info & inspiration! I blogged about your cause yesterday. Hope it brings in more folks to help!


PatriciaRaeDesigns August 19, 2010 at 11:59 PM  

ohhh just found your site I want to for sure help, I love when people want to make a better world for everyone thank you and you will see a package from me for sure


groanygirl August 20, 2010 at 7:26 AM  

i just stumbled across your page by accident, and i LOVE this idea! i'm going to get started on a doll right away!

PatriciaRaeDesigns August 20, 2010 at 9:12 AM  

hey i posted a comment last night but didn;t show up i'm going to make as I can by the deadline also blogged about it to try and get more people truly awesome what you are doing thank you for letting us share in this time of need


Peggy,  August 22, 2010 at 9:13 PM  

My box of 12 dollies is being sent to Dee this week. It was fun making them! Hope the project is a great success!

The Moxie Bee August 23, 2010 at 10:25 PM  

What a great project! I'm not able to make dolls @ this time, but I will put your button for the poject on my site.

All best,

The Moxie Bee

Robin September 3, 2010 at 5:56 PM  

Love this idea. I am going to blog about it on my website now! I am so excited and hope to get more people involved.

car donation program February 3, 2011 at 10:25 PM  

Is this ongoing still? I hope this is still good because i'd be happy to tell this to my friends. I wish more and more people will be aware about what is going on in Haiti.This children should have a chance to live a better life!

Sarah@Dolls And Daydreams February 4, 2011 at 6:30 AM  

No this is drive was completed last year 2010. However we do have an Active Doll Drive for Spring 2011 for Haiti (as of 2/4/2011) please follow this link to find out more:

Thanks so much and happy sewing, Sarah

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