Sunday, August 6, 2017

She sent me a box full of dolls

My friend Beth is an artist. She had accumulated a number of Bratz dolls, with their high-style fashion and their glamorous makeup. She decided to scrub their faces and create a more natural look and to dress them as normal children.

Here are some "befores"

Here are a few dolls after Beth transformed them:

Beth got the idea from this video:

Beth posted a note on her Facebook page, asking if any of her friends would like one of these dolls. I responded right away. "I'd like to have them all. I'm sure there are children at Oinofyta refugee camp in Greece, where I volunteer, who would love to have one of these dolls." Beth said that would be great, and she mailed me a box full of dolls.

I checked around to see if anyone I knew was going to Europe who'd be willing to take them along, but everyone who responded was either already in Europe or not planning to go. So I took them to the post office and, for $61, sent them on their way.

The dolls arrived at camp at the end of Ramadan. There's a celebration at the end called Eid, and traditionally children receive gifts at that time. Camp volunteers prepared gift bags for the children, and each of the twelve dolls went into a bag.

I asked Lisa, the camp manager, if pictures could be taken of the dolls with the children who received them. I wanted to send the picture to Beth so she could see the outcome of her generosity. But I had forgotten that if a child's picture is taken, the parent must approve. And all of the parents said no. A privacy issue at least, and perhaps for safety as well.

Now I'm at the camp myself. This week I'll try to find out who got the dolls and see if I can take a picture of just the doll, in the room of the owner. It's a balance of my own curiosity with respect for the culture of camp residents.

Thank you, Beth, for your gift to the children of Oinofyta.


DJan said...

She has made these dolls into wonderful representatives of childhood. Good for her, and good for you, Linda. I hope you are finding ways to get some rest for yourself. :-)

Nancy/BLissed-Out Grandma said...

I love what people do to remake these dolls. And what a nice set of gifts for Eid!

Linda Reeder said...

What a clever thing to do, remaking those dolls. And I think they probably found a new home where they will be loved.

1NurseRatched said...

Great gift. So glad you get to see the children with the dolls!

Barb said...

Love this!! Just a thought, I've begun writing a craft book, and many of my testers are kids. What I do is take pictures without the faces, while they are crafting-hands and arms and such! maybe mom and dad will let you take a picture either of the kid holding said doll, or else what the kid has done with such doll?

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

I am sure that the children loved the dolls.

Olga said...

What a great transformation and a very generous gift.

Arkansas Patti said...

Can't see where the originals would have been appropriate for the girls in the camp. It would be a bit American show offishness. Love what she did and what you did. I'm sure you made some little girls happy.

joared said...

Like what she did with the dolls.