Dolls of Hope started because a mother of 5 young children believed that she could rally others to help her bring a little joy, hope and comfort in to the lives of children living in a refugee camp in Northern Greece.
After hearing first hand accounts of children in refugee camps having nothing to play with, and knowing how much comfort stuffed animals bring to her own children she was inspired to start Dolls of Hope in May of 2016.
The idea was simple, individuals could make handmade dolls and bears, send or drop them off to Dolls of Hope and Dolls of Hope would send them to organizations serving children in refugee camps.
Believing that every child everywhere deserves to have a toy to cherish, in 2017 Dolls of Hope expanded their reach beyond just children living in refugee camps to any child in crisis in the United States or around the world.
Between its inception in June 2016 and the end of 2022 Dolls of Hope has sent 82,629 handmade dolls and bears and Matchbox cars to children in 46 countries.
Dolls of Hope is always looking for individuals and groups to sew dolls and bears as well as donate new Matchbox cars as our efforts are ongoing and we are continually sending Dolls of Hope shipments around the world.
If you would like to join Dolls of Hope in our efforts to bring dolls and teddy bears to children around the world, visit the Patterns page and don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram.