Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Giving Back For The Holidays!

Hey Gang!

I remember talking about how many of us have tons of doll brushes and what to do
with them! Well I found a lady on Facebook who redoes dolls for kids who need 
dolls for Christmas. She needs doll brushes, purses and shoes to complete these 
dolls. And guess what I have! Yep! Both! 

So I'm going to send them to her in hopes that they will bring joy to some
child and will be out of my house as a bonus!  I thought I would share this with
you in case you have brushes and purses you would like to send too!

My interview with her:

Ms. Leo: So I was told you are looking for doll brushes and purses for a project for
children. I wanted to post about it on my blog. I think my reads and friends would
send you brushes and purses too. If you don't mind, I would like to tell them about
what you are doing!

Sandy Goad: Absolutely. I don't mind paying a small shipping fee, but try to 
be cautious of not defeating the purpose of keeping cost low. 
( at this point she sends me pictures.)

Ms. Leo: How long have you been doing this and do you mind if I use your 

Sandy Goad: Yes you are welcome to use pictures. This is my 4th year of 
giving dolls. What I do doesn't have a name. I am not a company or 
corporation. I just felt led to do something for children that may never 
have received their own gift. Here are pictures of a few I have done. 
Sometimes clothing is made by my sister.

Sandy Goad: Thanks so much for thinking of this gifting project.

Ms. Leo: I was told that they are for kids for Christmas?

Sandy Goad: Actually, not all. The bulk (40) will be going to kids here in WV
this year that lost everything to June 23 flooding. I get a few request from other
groups for donations. A church in Pittsburgh asked for ethnic dolls to give for
Christmas and I have 10 to take when I go visit family there.

It started out as Christmas giving and now if I hear of a need throughout the year,
I try to help but Christmas giving is still my main focus. I have about eight ladies
that gather dolls for me from thrift stores, yard sales and giveaways. I never pay
more than 1.00 for a doll unless it has clothes and is in good condition.
I used to style the doll's hair but have noticed they love combing and fixing the
doll's hair themselves. So I get it clean and detangled. I occasionally fix a style
but not often.

Ms. Leo: That is good to hear....that someone is doing good works with dolls!

Sandy Goad: I enjoy it. It is relaxing and I can get lost in it. Then seeing the kids
light up...priceless? I try to keep them simple and safe and lots of stretchy clothing
for easy on off of clothing.

Ms. Leo: Do you know how many dolls you have done thus far?

Sandy Goad: First year 20, next year 40, next year 60 and thus year 50.
Approx. 170 +/- total.

So that was my quick interview with her!  I am gathering up things to send!  
Brushes, Sparkle shoes, purses and odds and ends.

So anyone interested in sending something to Sandy please contact me thru my 
blog email or leave me a comment on how to contact you! I am sure she and the 
children would love anything you can send!

OK, Thanks For Looking!


Vanessa said...

That is awesome! This is something I've wanted to do, but haven't taken the time to do it. I will more than likely be contacting you. I have a few things I could donate, and I don't mind paying the shipping.

Ms. Leo said...
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Ms. Leo said...

Thanks Vanessa! Did I just hear someone yell avalanche? LOL!

Doll Thang said...

Do you mind if I share the link to your blog on instagram? And possibly one of these pictures? There are quite a few collectors there looking to sell dolls and accessories but I'm almost sure they wouldn't mind giving to such a worthy cause.

Ms. Leo said...

Thanks for your comment Doll Thang! Go ahead! Please do!

BlackKitty said...

I shared your post on facebook. I think I have some extra stuff I could send. Does she also take clothes and Ken things?

Jaye Frye said...

I have been thinking (off and on) about how to do something similar. Re-groom a doll, make an outfit and make a shoebox look pretty and package it up to give to some children who would love to have it. I still haven't put focus on it. Does she need dolls too? I'm sure I can send some items.

D7ana said...

Yay, Ms. Leo! Thanks for sharing this information. I'll see what I can gather. I NEED to give away some stuff ;-)

Ms. Leo said...

Thanks for your comments BlackKitty, Jaye and D7ana!

BlackKitty and Jaye, I asked her and yes she does!

D7ana, I think we all do!

Georgia Girl said...

Wow, this is great! I would love the information as well.

Brini said...

Great interview! I'm sure I have some dolls to donate, I will have to look for them and contact you.

april_n_paris said...

I was given some dolls from a woman cleaning out her garage. I cleaned them and their clothing and have been trying to find someone who accepts used dolls. Today, everyone seems to only want new items. So when I get back to the US, I'll be contacting you.

Sandy Goad said...

Ahhhhh, I am at a loss for words. The wonderful response to donating is overwhelming. The dolls and accessories I am receiving are amazing and in such clean, ready to go condition. I dress, put on shoes, brush/comb hair and occasionally style slightly (the kids love combing the doll's hair, so I don't do intricate styling) find accessories, box it up and ready to go. I was able to add an additional ten dolls for gifting this Christmas and plan on preparing ten more............thanks to your donations. WOW. And not only that, meeting new friends and I love seeing all your wonderful creations/collections and also watching closely for new ideas to use with next year's dolls. Leigh, thank you so much for sharing my re-purposing and gifting of dolls. The other day a lady remarked to me that I must have had something missing in my childhood and that is why I do the doll re-purposing. HaHa. No matter where it comes from; a love of our dolls and in whatever art form we work with the dolls, it is an extension of who we all are. Truly blessed! Thanks so much for sharing.

Erin O said...

This is fantastic! I would love to help out! I have a few random accessories that keep piling up, and I don't need them!

Sandy Goad said...

Thanks to all the donations after Ms. Leo so graciously posting our interview, I have enough dolls, combs, purses, and shoes (and some extra fun accessories) to start this year WITHOUT having to gather items. WOW. So thankful. Now I have a some extra time to practice making shoes and hopefully get into re-paints. Here is wishing everyone a wonderfully creative, adventurous, fun-filled 2017.

Sandy Goad said...

The shoe-making is for the Beach Party Barbie. They have big feet and originally came barefoot, so gotta get these girls some shoes. LOL

Ms. Leo said...

Thanks for your comments Georgia Girl, Brini, April, Erin Oand Sandy! Doll people are great people! Since Sandy has responded, you can go ahead and just contact her! Sandy, It was really my pleasure! I be thinking of you as it get closer to next Christmas! XOXO Ms.Leo

Sandy Goad said...

Guess what I came home to find today? A box of donated dolls and accessories! Probably most of you can identify with having a bad day and feeling somewhat discouraged? That was the kind of day I had, but finding this box of cuties and opening it up, priceless. Thank you so much Erin O for sending the dolls all the way from TX to WV and what a wonderful variety of dolls. There is something special about finding that one doll that a child or adult identifies with and with your gift, lots of variety in skin color, eye color, etc. Again, thank you.

Ms. Leo said...

Sandy, It is the gift that keeps on giving!

Erin O, that was really nice of you!