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DOLLS! DOLLS! DOLLS!

Article original printed in The Alfred Sun

It’s true. Many Hands + Generous Hearts = Happy Smiles. Once again, a community-wide response to an appeal to assist with a special project was wonderfully spontaneous and fun. The Dolls for Indonesia Campaign to benefit Friends Peace Teams-Indonesia Initiative was a great success. A grand total of 306 dolls, now settling into their new homes in schools across Indonesia, were packed to overflowing in four suitcases that had to be “sat on” in order to securely zip them closed.
Before their departure, dolls galore were scrunched together in “Nadine’s Suitcase” in the front window of Jeanne Hyland’s Hair Care on Main Street, Alfred, NY as well as snuggled closely on every available shelf, and tucked high and low in to every little nook and cranny inside the shop. Boy dolls and girl dolls; dolls with light skin, golden skin, and dark skin; dolls with red, brown, purple, green, and black hair; dolls dressed with sports logos, gingham checks, satins, and plaids; dolls accessorized with shorts, shoes, flowers, ribbons, and bows.
Montessori pre-schoolers, Alfred-Almond Girl Scouts, ladies from Updyke’s Willow Ridge Quality Care Facility, ASC & AU college students, Andover high school students, youngsters from the Alfred Friends, and individual community members of every age and occupation from Andover, Arkport, Hornell, Alfred, Almond, and beyond, as well as those who gave anonymously, are just a few who added their energy, love, and Spirit. The bright and colorful array of dolls with cheerful, happy smiling faces, whether hand-stitched, machine-embroidered or painted, offered a delightful glimpse of their individual creator’s imagination and artistic talents.
Also invaluable were the generous contributions of cash from those who could not sew, and from those with a sweet tooth who purchased baked goods. Monetary donations are always needed, welcomed, and appreciated. Your continuing generosity will help furnish the schools with basic early childhood/developmental play accessories such as crayons, legos, wooden blocks, wooden beads to lace, and powdered paint; and teaching manuals for the teachers and parents. To assist Nadine Hoover with these projects please make checks payable to: Friends Peace Teams, 1001 Park Ave., St. Louis, MO 63104, Memo line: Indonesia/Dolls for Schools.