Have you heard of this neat site? Dolly Donations offers free, simple cloth doll patterns and coordinates drives to donate dolls to children in need all over the world.
Magical Mama Sarah, who runs the site, just sent 181 dolls (and a few extras!) off to a Haiti orphanage, one for every child in the orphanage. She’s already at work making more for local children in need.
The site offers free patterns and tutorials to make cloth dollies with a minimum of fabric. You can even find patterns to knit or crochet, plus instructions on how to paint faces and add embellishments.
Sarah says visitors are free to use the patterns to make dollies for their own kiddos, but asks for people to make an extra (or more!) for children who could really use them.
What a wonderful idea!