About Dolls for Daughters
Jessica Bachus’ Story
I’m Jessica Bachus (pictured with my son, Karson), and I created Dolls for Daughters in December 2007 in memory of my daughter Kenzi Bachus.
Kenzi was stillborn January 23, 2007 when I was six months pregnant. During my pregnancy I envisioned how wonderful it would be to have Bailey, our oldest daughter, and Kenzi playing together. They would have so much fun and Bailey was very excited to have a baby sister on the way. Christmastime is a favorite holiday of mine and during 2006 my husband and I discussed how in 2007 we would have double the number of baby dolls and toys under the Christmas tree.
Our dreams and hopes were shattered when I realized Kenzi was not moving and my worst fear was realized, Kenzi had died.
After giving birth to Kenzi and seeing how beautiful she was, I knew that she had changed me forever.
Kenzi looked just like her big sister Bailey even though she was so tiny.
As the holiday season approached, I was often reminded of my hopes and dreams for the year before and Kenzi would have been getting her first baby doll at Christmas. Rather than drowning in my grief, I decided to honor her and her memory in the best way that I could. I created Dolls for Daughters.
I knew I was fortunate enough to be able to buy new dolls for my daughters but as the holiday season approached, I realized other parents may not be able to.
Thus the beginning of my most rewarding holiday season ever.
With the love and support of family and friends, Dolls for Daughters was a HUGE success in 2007. Supporters of Dolls for Daughters helped me collect over 300 new baby dolls for four Denver charities that help provide services for families in need. In 2010, we collected more than 4,000 toys for boys and girls in Colorado.
photo by KB Digital Designs
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