South Jordan Girl Scout Empowers Foster Kids With American Girl Doll Project


Addy Shorr, 13, poses with an American Girl doll and one of the doll outfits she made. Addy strives to help at least 100 foster girls feel a little more at home with a very special gift: their very own American Girl doll. (Courtney Shorr)

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SOUTH JORDAN – A 13-year-old Girl Scout with a big heart strives to help at least 100 foster girls feel a little more at home with a very special gift: their very own American Girl doll.

In a bid to earn her Girl Scout Silver Award, Addy Shorr sews and collects 1,000 outfits for 18-inch dolls, which will be donated to Special Dollivery, an organization that renovates and donates lightly used American dolls to welcome children in the ‘Utah. Addy also collects new and used American Girl dolls.

“I thought it would be a good idea because when I was younger I loved playing with American Girl dolls, and I thought they were one of the best things to have because I could almost do anything. ‘whatever with them and pretend it was basically anything,’ Addy said. “And I felt like it was like a really good idea of ​​a way to help foster kids have something that they can take with them into all their new homes, and they just can do what they want with it and pretend what they want with it. “

Addy has taken it upon herself to teach her fellow Girl Scouts to sew some of the outfits and is also working with My Girlfriend’s Quilt Shoppe to collect outfits. The quilt shop offered to donate fabric to the cause.

Special Dollivery founder Susan Robison said each doll given to a foster child comes with pajamas, a skirt set, a pant set, two dresses, a pair of shoes, underwear and a travel bag.

“These bags are almost as important as the dolls because we give them to foster families, and these children live a life of life because they can move from foster family to another with very little money. And a lot of times everything they own gets put in a trash bag, and they just take it, “Robison said. “We wanted them to have something special and durable that they could not only store their doll and all of its accessories in, but they could also have it to grab in an instant and take with them.”

Robison said that she and the other grandmothers who worked at Special Dollivery chose to donate American Girl dolls because they wanted the recipients of the dolls to have something of value. She said that after renovating them, they can last for a few more generations, and it’s a gift these foster girls can one day pass on to their children.

“We just think it’s about time someone gave them something that is valuable and that lasts a long time, and that would mean something to them,” said Robison.

Robison predicts that the outfits sewn and collected by Addy will ensure that between 100 and 150 dolls are fully equipped and ready to go to a new home. “Which means 100 to 150 kids will have something special in their lives because of Addy,” she said. “She is making a difference in the lives of children who are probably going through one of the worst days of their lives.”

According to Callie Birdsall-Chambers, Marketing Director for Girl Scouts of Utah, foster girls who receive dolls from Addy’s Project will also receive a free Girl Scout membership, thanks to generous donors.

Others interested in contributing to this project can either donate dolls, store-bought doll clothes, or sew 18-inch doll outfits. Donations can be dropped off at My Girlfriend’s Quilt Shoppe in Logan or Sandy, or can be mailed to 61 W. 800 South Smithfield, Utah 84335. Addy plans to complete her project by the end of January. Those who want more information on how they can help can send an email to “[email protected]”.

“I just want to say how important it is for us to share this joy of serving with children. And Addy just brought this young humanitarian passion that we hope to instill to the next level,” said Susan Robison. “Because children who serve grow into adults who serve, and our world needs a lot more of that right now. “

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