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Sarah Parson  Spreading hope & joy 1 doll / bear at a time bc every child deserves to have a toy to cherish. Serving children in refugee camps & crisis. Patterns ⬇️

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These 10 darling gorgeous dolls arrived on my porch before Christmas with a note that read: “ I would rather remain anonymous. My kids love these dolls and I hope the little ones that get them, love them just as much.”
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Such a sweet and tender note. And such an incredibly sweet and humble gesture wanting to remain anonymous.
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Thank you sweet mama for these dolls. I know the children who receive them will absolutely adore them and will feel of your love for them ❤️
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Did you leave bears on my porch today without a name. Please let me know if you did😊

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I try my best to keep track of who makes each batch of dolls and bears I’m given, but sometimes bags are left on my porch when I’m not home and they don’t have a note inside the bags saying who made them.
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Or because it has happened once before, it’s possible I lost the paper.
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If you would rather remain anonymous that’s okay too, but if you don’t mind letting me know I would love to hear from you so I can keep you updated where your bears end up going ❤️
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Thank you in advance😊#

These 6 women from Americorps spent the day at my house yesterday sorting, counting, vacuum sealing and packing almost 1000 bears and dolls to get them all ready for upcoming shipments. They also helped fix a number of bears and dolls in need of some extra love, adding faces, extra polyfill and restitching seams.
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How grateful I am that for their Martín Luther King Jr Day Service they chose to serve with @dollsofhope, serving children around the world.
Because on my own I can’t even begin to imagine how long it would have taken me to get almost 1000 dolls and bears packed in to 10 boxes all ready to be sent around the world in the near future.
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Growing up my mother always said “many hands make light work” and that statement could not be more appropriate for yesterday.
We accomplished an incredible amount in their 6 hours of service and again I am so very very grateful for their help.
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And because it was Martín Luther King Jr Day I have to share a couple of my favorite quotes of his: “Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” #
“Life’s more persistent and urgent question is, ‘what are you doing for others?’”
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So grateful for all those who serve with Dolls Of Hope, with a heart full of love and grace. Because without each and every one of you we wouldn’t be able to bring hope and comfort and joy to the children we serve❤️❤️.
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Loved spending yesterday with these wonderful students from Park City High School making bears for children around the world.
It always makes me so happy to see teachers, like Chris Wood helping students learn the importance of service and the truth that they have the ability to make a difference in the lives of others. That although they are just one person they can change the world.
I loved talking to the students, answering their questions about how and why I started @dollsofhope and hearing how much they enjoyed making the bears.
But my favorite two comments came from two of the young men there: “These are so cute. I want one. I would totally buy one” “This is the most fun I’ve had doing a group service”
What a fun day it was! Thank you Coach Wood, Sarah Fletcher and all the students who gave up their Saturday to serve with us.
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#Repost Park City School District
More than 50 students from Park City High's FBLA, NHS, and Interact worked for hours on Saturday to make teddy bears for children living in refugee camps around the world. The students made 100 dolls, thanks to their efforts and the instruction of FACS teacher Sarah Fletcher. The "Dolls of Hope" founder, Sarah Parson, was also there and she was very impressed with the students efforts on a weekend. @Dolls of Hope #MinerService
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This girl is AMAZING. She made 165 dolls herself to take to the middle school today to have students stuff them for their Day of Service.
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And what she did is amazing on so many levels.
First... 165 dolls. She made 165 all on her own. I have such a difficult time comprehending the hours she loving devoted to making these dolls.
Second... she made them all incredibly detailed and took the extra time to give them all hands and make their hair textured with the extra stitching. I always say love is in the details and these dolls scream love to me.
Third... she made boys and girls and took the time to be creative making each batch she made with a different hair style. The creativity she had with their hair blows me away. Each and every doll is different and unique just like each and every child who receives these dolls is different and unique.
Fourth... she provided middle school students an opportunity to serve and to feel the joy that comes through service.
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How grateful I am to Shannon for the love she stitched in each and every one of these 165 dolls and for the children who stuffed them full with love today. .
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Please slide left to see all the beautiful dolls❤️❤️
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#Repost @heartfelt_quilts
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So this happened today... these 17 middle school students were incredible... my mind is blown at their love and generosity. @dollsofhope

January is Human Trafficking Awareness #endhumantraficking Month in the United States. I thought it was fitting while driving to drop off 250 dolls and bears (125 dolls and 125 bears) to the @ourrescue office today that I realized it was National Human Trafficking Awareness Day today.
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Did you know 30 MILLION people around the world are exploited for profit & held in bondage today (80% are women). And of those 30 million - 2 MILLION are children. Children as young as 5 are sold for sex or labor. Just let that sink in for a minute. Every country & every city in the world is affected by modern-day slavery.
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@ourrescue rescues children and young women and then places them in trusted Aftercare facilities to make sure they receive the care and recovery they need. Our dolls and bears will be added to rescue kits survivors receives after they’ve been rescued in hopes of bringing them a little bit of joy and comfort.
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I am extremely passionate about the work @ourrescue does, and I feel honored to be a modern day abolitionist (you can sign up on their website to be an abolitionist with a donation as little as $5 a month) and one of their volunteers.
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If you would like to learn more about the incredible work they do and how you can support their efforts and help rescue children from the evils of sex trafficking please visit their @ourrescue IG page or Facebook page Operation Underground Railroad.
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These 4 huge bags include dolls and bears made by:
Marvis Firmage & friends, Frances Timothy, Valerie Douglas & friends,
Rexburg YSA 100th Ward, Lakeview 6th Ward Relief Society,
Spencer Wariner & friends, Helen Gurr & friends, Alice Johnson,
Gina Harris and Sandy Jones, Lynne Lindstrom, Carlyn Goodwine @thatsagood1mom, Judy Blake, Susan,
anonymous sewer who left a bag of bears on my porch and lots of sewers throughout Salt Lake and area (I included some of the leftover dolls/bears from the Holiday Refugee Party with @serverefugees). #
Sincerest thanks to everyone who helped make these dolls and bears and for your efforts to bless the lives of children who have been through unimaginable horrors.

How cool is this? Love that these two women wanted to serve alongside their 9 year old daughters❤️ Slide left to see a picture of Emelia and Harlie holding some of the bears they made.
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“Thank you so much for organizing this wonderful idea. A neighbor friend had wanted to do some service together with our daughters and this fit all of the time / skill / budget requirements. Merry Christmas! Jessica and Emilia Fry, Goeth Park Ward, Sacramento, CA.
Ps. Included some shipping money. Hope it helps ♥️”. ($15)
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Thank you Jessica, Emelia, Harlie (and mother) for these cute bears and for the $15 for shipping.
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I hesitate to share this because I feel it makes me seem ungrateful for the efforts and service of so many wonderful people who are working on dolls/bears, and that is not the case.
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I like to provide the children with dolls/bears that are well made and look adorable too. Instead of focusing on making as many bears/dolls as possible I hope makers will put as much love and care in to each one and not rush through the process hoping to get more done.
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It of course takes more time to do things properly, but the children deserve more than a rush job of a bear/doll. They deserve a bear/doll that was carefully made for them. I do not agree with the “it’s better than nothing” mentality, that because the children don’t have any toys, a bear/doll poorly made is better than nothing.
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I want the children to feel they’re special and that someone took the time to make them a special doll/bear and so I inspect each item to make sure they don’t have any seams coming apart, have a complete face, etc and add any needing more love to my “to be fixed pile”. #

To help improve quality of our bears/dolls: 1️⃣please hand sew your dolls/bears closed neatly and hide all knots, not leaving knots exposed for little hands to pick at. I shared a tutorial for a ladder stitch previously which is perfect to close up the holes used to stuff items.
2️⃣please make sure all parts of the bears/dolls are turned right side out and are stuffed properly. Pay special attention to the ears of the bears and the arms of the bears/dolls.
3️⃣do not under or over stuff items. Under stuffing often makes the items look wrinkly or limp. While over stuffing leads to items being hard and the children are not able to squeeze / cuddle them very well. Overstuffing also causes seams to pull apart.
4️⃣please make complete faces on items. Machine or hand embroider the faces or hand sew felt eyes /noses and hand stitch the mouths.
5️⃣please do not use markers as they often bleed/don’t look as cute.
6️⃣please use soft fabrics.
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Making items correctly takes extra time and effort, but it also means your items are filled with more love and I believe the children can feel that love.

These 10 bears were made by Julia Reynolds and her Club Soccer team. The Club Soccer team worked on the faces together and then Julia and her friend Lynda Lynch finished the bears for a Church service project.
They also donated $10 to help with shipping.
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Oh how I loved that Julia led this service project and allowed others to join her, allowing her soccer team to help and that together they were able to make these darling bears for children not much younger than they are. Children helping children ❤️❤️
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I am absolutely in love with how cheerful these bears are with their eyes and eyelashes and know without a doubt they will make the children who receive them SMILE😃
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Thank you Julia, teammates and Lynda for your efforts to bring comfort and hope to children around the world.
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And Julia, thank you for the note❤️
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Note: if you are going to add a ribbon, please tack it on:)
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A couple of months ago we shared the exciting news that working with @liftinghandsinternational (LHI) we are setting up a Dolls of Hope sewing project for the Yazidi’s living in Serres Camp in Greece.
The Yazidi have suffered genocide and endured tremendous loss and trauma and the Dolls of Hope sewing project will provide an opportunity for the women to make dolls and bears themselves to then send to Yazidi children still living and suffering in Iraq.
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The sewing center will also provide a place where the women are able to come and sew other items as well.
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When Molly from LHI first contacted me asking about us setting up a Dolls of Hope project I knew it would not be possible for me to go, and almost immediately I knew who needed to be the one to go. My friend and amazing supporter of Dolls of Hope, @jennieleewhite (pictured with her granddaughter delivering bears). #
And now after months of discussions and planning it is happening. Jennie is traveling to Serres, Greece the beginning of February to help set everything up.
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To say we are incredibly excited about what this will mean for the women LHI serves is an understatement.
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However in order to make this project a reality we need a little help. We would love cash donations that would allow Jennie to purchase fabric, scissors, embroidery floss, needles, tracing markers, etc. Donations can be made through PayPal with email: dollsofhopeinternational@gmail.com.
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Alternatively if you would like to donate supplies and are able to drop them off / mail them by the end of January please DM for details.
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Thanks to the generosity of another amazing Dolls of Hope supporter, Susan who donated a sewing machine and an amazing organization Sew Much Hope (slide to see picture) who has generously donated 2 hand crank sewing machines for our project we don’t need any more sewing machines at this time.
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However, Sew Much Hope is always looking for sewing machines they can convert to hand crank machines to send to developing countries, etc. They also repair electric and treadle machines. If you have a heavy duty, good quality sewing machine you would be willing to donate to Sew Much Hope, DM us for more info:)

We blessed a lot of children in 2017 and we’re excited to see what we are able to accomplish in 2018.
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But we need your help.
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Help us deliver more dolls and bears to little ones in need of hope and comfort this year.
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We try to send dolls and bears with people as often as we can and we love finding shipping containers leaving from the United States to send dolls and bears to, because shipping within the United States is a lot cheaper than shipping internationally.
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But sometimes we need to ship directly to organizations overseas.
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We have had organizations in Kenya, Uganda, Pakistan and those serving vulnerable populations within they United States request dolls and bears AND we have enough dolls and bears to meet their requests.
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But first we need help with shipping costs. Every dollar you donate helps tremendously as it is only through the generous donations of our supporters that we are able to send our shipments.
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Whether you can contribute $1, $2, $5 or $20 we appreciate whatever you have to give. And if you can’t give any money to help with shipping that’s ok too, please just continue to sew and share our project with others. Because whatever you are able to contribute is appreciated and helps us provide children in refugee camps and children in crisis with the hope and comfort and joy they so desperately need.
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Donations can be made through PayPal using email: dollsofhopeinternational@gmail.com. You can also DM for other donation options.
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Thank you all for being here and for showing the children we provide dolls and bears to that we care and that we have not forgotten about them. Thank you for bringing these smiles to their faces ❤️❤️
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📷: @friendsofbasha during the Christmas distribution ❤️

64 bears were made by
Leslie Zimmerman and her fellow classmates at Utah Valley University. Leslie contacted me looking for a service project that she and her group could do for a class project and then presented the idea of making bears to the rest of her group and they all loved it. So Leslie embroidered all the faces and then everyone worked together finishing them.
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Thank you Leslie and your fellow classmates for these 64 bears.
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64 little ones will have a bear to snuggle and love because of your efforts❤️
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Note: There are 40 bears pictured here because 24 were dropped off a couple days after I took this picture.
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