The Girl Scouts of America is an incredible national organization, consisting of hundreds of female troops that focus on community service.  Girl Scout troops intend to implement the idea of helping others in young girls, shaping them to be considerate young women.  Girl Scout Troop #3996 of Leawood Elementary found a way to give back to the community that both interested and excited them.  Led by Jennifer Magri, the troop participated in Dolls for Daughters’ annual toy giveaway.  The girls were incredibly inspired, and one of them continues to work with the Dolls for Daughters community today.

1. How did you first learn about Dolls for Daughters?

We learned about Dolls for Daughters from our troop leader, who was looking for an opportunity for us to help other children during the holidays.  As it turned out, a mother of one of our girls also knew about Dolls for Daughters.

2. Some people are drawn to Dolls for Daughers because of their own personal experience, or the experience of someone close to them, similar to Jessica’s.  Why did you decide to volunteer for Dolls for Daughters?

We wanted to help kids who do not usually get toys for Christmas.  Rather than simply donating toys, we felt the urge to do more and work with the actual families and children.

3. What has touched you most about the work Dolls for Daughters is doing?

It is incredibly powerful to see someone cry because they are so overcome with joy, especially when it is because of something that you did.  We enjoyed helping parents find the right toys for their kids and seeing the smiles on their faces.  Some of us thought of our own families who have had difficult times, and what others must go through ever holiday season.  We thought about the blessings in our lives and felt incredibly thankful.

4. How long have you been a volunteer with Dolls for Duaghters?  What is/are the biggest reasons for staying involved?

This was our first time helping Dolls for Daughters!

5. What is your most memorable experience volunteering with Dolls for Daughters? 

At the toy giveaway, one family at the very end thought they were too late, and that all of the toys were gone.  The mother of the family was so happy that there was enough left, she began to cry.  We cannot believe the amount of toys and the number of families that lined up, even in the freezing cold, to get things for their children.  We loved working with the families and helping them find toys. 

6. Have you participated in any of the Dolls for Daughters fundraising events?  If so, which one(s)?

Our troop did a school toy drive to help the Christmas event.  One girl in the troop, Maddie, attended the Bowl-a-thon recently and said that it was extremely fun!

7. Have you shared your volunteer experience with your friends and family?  What was their reaction?

Yes, our families thought it was “so beautiful.”  Another friend said, “I cannot believe there are so many people in need,” and thought the organization itself was amazing.  The parents of the girls were incredibly proud, especially with the work we did to research the organization and collect toys.

8. Have any of your friends or family become Dolls for Daughters volunteers because of it?

One of our troop members and her family has gotten more involved since our experience began in December.  They are very committed to the cause and helping others.

9. With so many organizations in need of volunteers for so many different purposes, what suggestions or advice do you have for people who consider volunteering?  In particular, how should they choose the organization and how should they decide in what areas of the organization and how much they will help?

We encourage others to consider the fact that Dolls for Daughters helps not just hundreds of people, but thousands.  The event was so well attended, and volunteers get to work directly with the people that need help.  We liked that Dolls for Daughters helped with many needs, and not just toys. 

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Laura Bean has supported Dolls for Daughters for three years now and has helped the community really get running.  Her company, One Stop Operations, provides assistance to small businesses working to get on their feet.  So far, they have been able to help Dolls for Daughters with the behind-the-scenes business aspects.  Laura Bean met Jessica Bachus at a networking event, and the two organizations have been linked ever since. 

1. How did you first learn about Dolls for Daughters?

I first learned about Dolls for Daughters when I met Jessica at a Certus Networking event, and quickly aligned myself with her.  I knew immediately that this was a cause I would like to fully support.

2. Why did you decide to offer support to Dolls for Daughters?

I really wanted to help out in any way I could.  I volunteer from time to time at events at fundraisers for Dolls for Daughters, but I extremely enjoy donating my online marketing services to help them get the best online exposure for the organization. 

3. How long has your business supported Dolls for Daughters?  In what ways have you supported Dolls for Daughters?

We have been connected with Dolls for Daughters for the last three years.  Collectively, we provide social media marketing services, email marketing services, graphics design, and google ad campaign management.

4. What is your most memorable experience supporting Dolls for Daughters?

I would definitely have to say that volunteering for the Beer Run was immensely fun.  We poured and passed out hundreds of beers to the runners, and the run donated a large part of the proceeds to Dolls for Daughters.

5. Have you participated in any fundraising events that Dolls for Daughters has held?

As I said, I participated in the Beer Run, and I would absolutely participate in other events that Dolls for Daughters holds.

6. With so many organizations in need of support, what suggestions or advice do you have for other organizations? How might they choose an organization as well as decide the way(s) in which they will help?

Finding an organization that is local and close to you is a great reason to get involved.  That way, you are within close proximity and you can make sure you are making a difference in the community.  I think it is important to join a cause that is close to your heart, and support those who support you.  Jessica Bachus has been my BIGGEST supporter.  And who doesn’t love to put smiles on kids’ faces for Christmas??

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Babette Canacari, also known as “Babs,” met Jessica just after losing her own daughter.  The two connected immediately, and Babs was instantly drawn to Jessica’s work and mission statement.  Ever since, she has invested volunteer time with Dolls for Daughters and completely supported the community, as well as founding her own organization: BRI.  BRI stands for “Breathing Reassurance Into Teens” and focuses on providing hope to kids in any difficult situation.  Babs has done some incredible work for children in both Dolls for Daughters and BRI.

1. How did you first learn about Dolls for Daughters?

I was introduced to Dolls for Daughters just shortly after my daughter died.  At the time, I was starting my own foundation and was introduced to Jessica.  I knew instantly that she was an amazing woman and I wanted to follow her.

2. Some people are drawn to Dolls for Daughers because of their own personal experience, or the experience of someone close to them, similar to Jessica’s.  Why did you decide to volunteer for Dolls for Daughters?

I love helping others, and this is an exceptional cause.  I fully support Jessica 100%.

3. What has touched you most about the work Dolls for Daughters is doing?

It is absolutely priceless to see the childrens’ and families’ faces when Dolls for Daughters makes an impact in their lives.  To know that you are a part of giving these kids a special Christmas is amazing.

4. How long have you been a volunteer with Dolls for Daughters?  What is/are the biggest reasons for staying involved?

I think I have been a volunteer with Dolls for Daughters for just under a year.  I stick with the organization because of Jessica and her mission.  Jessica’s passion for others inspires me to help keep her daughter’s legacy alive.

5. What is your most memorable experience volunteering with Dolls for Daughters?

My most memorable moment is definitely when I helped at the Christmas Toy Drive.  I couldn’t believe the length of time that people stayed in line, especially since it was bitter cold last year.  I got to work the front door, and it was amazing to hear some of the stories these people had.

6. Have you shared your volunteer experience with your friends and family?  What was their reaction?

Yes, I try to promote Dolls for Daughters as much as possible.  They absolutely love the concept of the organization.

7. Have any of your friends or family become Dolls for Daughters volunteers because of it?

While I have not had any of my family or friends become volunteers, I have had some donate toys!

8. With so many organizations in need of volunteers for so many different purposes, what suggestions or advice do you have for people who consider volunteering?  In particular, how should they choose the organization and how should they decide in what areas of the organization and how much they will help?

For me, it always has to do with children, only because of my own personal loss.  My experience mirrors what I do for my foundation.  I would suggest to people that if it hits your heart, then do it.

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Kathy and Haidyn Harvey are not strangers to the world of non-profit organizations.  Together, they run The Shoe Crew, a community of people who collect new shoes for children.  Since June 2012, The Shoe Crew has collected over 8,000 new pairs of shoes, acting on the mission statement that no one should have to go a day without comfortable footwear.  Kathy and Haidyn have also been volunteering with Dolls for Daughters for over a year.  After Jessica personally contacted them, they became very involved with the organization.  In the past year, they have been able to combine The Shoe Crew with Dolls for Daughters’ work.

1. How did you first learn about Dolls for Daughters?

We had started a Denver chapter of The Shoe Crew and were just beginning to settle in.  One day, Jessica contacted us and asked if we would be interested in working with her and her organization.  We were thrilled!  We 100% believe that this organization makes such an enormous impact and we were honored to receive her invitation.

2. Some people are drawn to Dolls for Daughers because of their own personal experience, or the experience of someone close to them, similar to Jessica’s.  Why did you decide to volunteer for Dolls for Daughters?

After speaking with Jessica, we knew we would be helping a multitude of children and families in need.  With our organization, The Shoe Crew, we are aware that many kids only receive hand-me-downs or used shoes.  By collecting new shoes and distributing them to the kids, we have seen that just one new pair of well-fitting shoes can put a smile on a child’s face.

3. What has touched you most about the work Dolls for Daughters is doing?

Seeing the joy that Jessica has brought to so many disadvantaged children has been incredibly moving.  Specifically, the annual toy shop was a very emotional and inspiring time for not only Haidyn and myself, but the entire Denver Shoe Crew.

4. How long have you been a volunteer with Dolls for Daughters?  What is/are the biggest reasons for staying involved?

Our involvement with Dolls for Daughters has lasted for a little over a year.  We continue to volunteer for Dolls for Daughters because of the need from so many families and the joy it brings them, as well as us.

 

5. What is your most memorable experience volunteering with Dolls for Daughters?

The experience that stands out the most was the Annual Toy Shop.  When we pulled up to give away our new shoes, all of a sudden we saw hundreds and hundreds of people lined up in subzero temperatures to get Christmas toys for their children.  We had trouble holding back the tears.

6. Have you participated in any of the Dolls for Daughters fundraising events?  If so, which one(s)?

We participated in the Bowlathon!  It was amazing to see the support from the community.  Jessica inspires so many people.

7. Have you shared your volunteer experience with your friends and family?  What was their reaction?

Oh my, yes!  They are all amazed at how many children Dolls for Daughters brings joy to.  The amount of items collected throughout the year is astounding.  Organizations like Dolls for Daughters are able to demonstrate peoples’ innate generosity.

8. Have any of your friends or family become Dolls for Daughters volunteers because of it?

Many have contributed new shoes to Dolls for Daughters and helped us distribute them at the Toy Giveaway in December.

9. With so many organizations in need of volunteers for so many different purposes, what suggestions or advice do you have for people who consider volunteering?  In particular, how should they choose the organization and how should they decide in what areas of the organization and how much they will help?

Commit to what you are able to do and have fun!  Know that everything you are doing is benefitting someone else.  Choose an organization that speaks to you and something you are passionate about.  Volunteer in a way that highlights your skills and strengths.

 

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July 2014 was a successful month for Dolls for Daughters and Kenzi’s Kidz. Not only did we wrap up our amazing year with 4 Kenzi’s Kidz families, we raised $64,000 in two days with Bidz 4 Kidz and our Invitational Scramble. We were lucky enough to have this event covered by Brit Stueven with Brit Stueven PR.

Here is the press release that was sent out for these event by Brit.

The Bidz 4 Kidz auction dinner (July 17) and the 4th & Kenzi’s Kidz Invitational Scramble (July 18) raised a combined record total of $64,528, marking their most successful money-raising efforts since their inception.

• Auction dinner raised $33,555.
• Golf invitational raised $30,973.

Proceeds will benefit programs that provide toys and gifts for thousands of Colorado children living in poverty and financial assistance for low-income families. Starting in August, Kenzi’s Kidz plans to support five families. At the Annual Toy Shop on Dec. 6, the goal for Dolls for Daughters is to serve 5,000 children. Last year, more than 3,100 children received new toys and other gifts.

Bidz 4 Kidz, the annual auction and benefit dinner, took place at Wellshire Golf Course. 118 guests enjoyed a cocktail hour and silent auction followed by a sit-down dinner and live auction. The evening was emceed by Kyle Dyer of 9News. Auction items ranged from mountain condo stays and paradise getaways to sports memorabilia and designer bags, all valuing at a total of over $14,000.

Two standout businesses were honored at the dinner for their commitment to the organization: Pason Systems received the “Collector Supreme Award” for collecting the most toys in 2013. Sanitas Skincare received the “Champion 4 Kidz Award” for being the longest-supporting business of Dolls for Daughters. “I could not be happier with how the dinner turned out and how generous people were,” said Bachus. “It was our most successful auction to date.”

SPONSORS:
Bachus & Schanker Cares Foundation
Brit Stueven PR
KB Digital Designs
Mile High Outdoor
Plum Sage Flowers
Focus First Agency

The 4th Annual Dolls for Daughters & Kenzi’s Kidz Invitational Scramble took place at The Ridge at Castle Pines North. The winning team, with a score of 51, included Brent Peeke (Maryland), Jeff Mautz (Denver), Colt Easley (Castle Rock), and Jason Melasjenko (Phoenix). Attendees enjoyed 18 holes of golf, free range balls, a power cart, breakfast burritos, BBQ lunch, drinks, awards and a golf gift.

ATTENDEE & VOLUNTEER TESTIMONIALS:

“It was such an honor to support Dolls for Daughters knowing they’re impacting the lives of so many children

throughout Colorado,” said Amy Scholl, Account Executive at Clear Channel Media + Entertainment. “The golf

tournament was extremely well-organized, and I look forward to growing my involvement in the future!”

“By volunteering for and attending both events, I see how large the generosity of the silent or quiet participants

is,” said Dolls for Daughters Board Member Alex Benko. “Many of the people are not looking to make headlines

by giving money or providing their time. It’s rewarding to be involved with people who care, especially when

they don’t have to care. It’s not their children who are suffering. Paying it forward is huge.”

SPONSORS:

Benson and Case, LLP
Brit Stueven PR
CO Biz Financial
Filsinger Energy Partners
First Financial Equity Corporation
Jones and Keller: Brad Hamilton and Lucas Ritchie
KB Digital Designs
Mile High Outdoor
Miller & Associates, CPA
Momentum Communications
National CineMedia
OBT Ventures, LLC
UMB Bank
VLCM Tech

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Shared or similar life experiences can bring people together. When Jessica and Michelle met and discovered that they both had experienced the loss of a child, an instant bond was formed. And that bond and friendship has led to Michelle’s involvement with Dolls for Daughters. Jessica and DfD are extremely fortunate to have Michelle in their “lives”!

1. How did you first learn about Dolls for Daughters? 

I first learned about Dolls for Daughters when I moved across the street from the founder, Jessica Bachus, in 2011.

2. Some people are drawn to DfD because of their own personal experience, or the experience of someone close to them, similar to Jessica’s. Why did you decide to volunteer with Dolls for Daughters?

I chose to volunteer with Dolls for Daughters because of my own loss. My husband and I lost twin daughters when I was seven months pregnant on November 12, 2002. Jessica and I shared our losses with each other as we discussed her charity. I was so moved and impressed with her mission to help children in need in spite of her deep sadness. I was thrilled to channel my feelings of loss into positive experiences for other children. I volunteer in honor of my daughters, Halle and Grace.

3. What has touched you most about the work DfD is doing?

I have been touched the most by Jessica’s determination and passion for her charity. Her energy and commitment to making a difference for needy children is contagious. I am inspired when I hear her talk about losing Kenzi and so proud to be her friend and have the opportunity to work with her.  It is impressive to see how far Dolls for Daughters has come in such a short period of time. Jessica has amazing friends and volunteers who support her.

4.    How long have you been a volunteer with Dolls for Daughters? What is/are the biggest reason(s) for staying involved with DfD?

I have volunteered with Dolls for Daughters since 2011 at the toy drive. Once I learned of their mission and how many lives they touch, I was hooked. I love to see the children and their parents at the toy shop when they select their toys and then express their gratitude as they leave with all of their goodies.

4.    What is your most memorable experience volunteering with Dolls for Daughters? Please describe your experience and what made it stand out for you.

My most memorable experience is the first time I volunteered at the toy drive in 2011. When I pulled up to Stanley British Primary school a little before 8:00 a.m., I saw a line of 100+ people. They were waiting in the cold for the toy shop to open. I could not believe how many people were in line. It almost wrapped around the building. Once I found parking and walked by the line, I could see that these families were cold but eager to take part in the toy shop. It moved me to tears that day and it still does. After that experience, I pledged my commitment to seeing that line year after year.

5.    Have you participated in any of the DfD fundraising events? If so, which one(s)? Also, please tell us about at least one significant memory from one of the events.

I attended the auction/party and my husband plays in the golf tournament. I love the party with so many friends being generous with their money and time. I love to see the same people year after year and also welcome new faces. I took some friends to the party this year and they volunteered at the toy shop. They all said that they would come back again. The party/auction allows people to learn more about the charity and have a nice venue to share with friends. We will attend the bowling event this year and my family is excited about that.

6.    Have you shared your volunteer experience with your friends and family? If so, what was their reaction? If you did share your experience, have any of your friends or family become Dolls for Daughters volunteers because of it? If you are able to identify their reason(s), why did they decide to get involved?

I have shared my experience with many friends. I have had many of them volunteer at the toy shop. They are moved like I am to see all the families. When I ran the volunteers at the toy shop this year, I asked several friends to volunteer and they did. Some brought their own children and were moved by the volume of toys and children. It was very cold this year and I had to ask some of them to go outside and assist families with their packages. I also enlisted a friend to help translate with our Spanish-speaking families in line outside—she was awesome. She stayed for four hours in her cold weather gear, not complaining, always smiling. They all said they would do it again and I hope it is warmer this year for our families and volunteers.

7.        With so many organizations in need of volunteers for so many different purposes, what suggestions or advice do you have for people who consider volunteering? In particular, how should they choose the organization and how should they decide in what areas of the organization and how much the will help?

When people are looking at volunteering for a charity, they need to feel connected to the mission of the organization. They need to know how much time and effort goes into supporting the mission. I feel personally connected to Jessica and Dolls for Daughters. So, it is easy for me to know how much time, energy and resources it takes to get that toy shop funded and staffed. I was able to shop with Jessica for toys at Kohl’s this year and knowing what she does will keep me connected. Not everyone can have that close, personal connection to an organization, but I think that it helps to volunteer where you can experience a direct impact. I get to see the children who come to the toy shop and it warms my heart. I hope to give more of my time because it seems like there is always more to do. If people are considering volunteering, they should meet Jessica because she will give them a job that will have a direct impact on families in Colorado.

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Amber Gersch continues to be an important part of Dolls for Daughters. Because of her passion for children, Dolls for Daughters is one of the lucky recipients of her volunteerism. We are thrilled and grateful to have her help us at our annual Toy Shop each year!

1. ​How did you first learn about Dolls for Daughters? 

Amber: I learned about DfD during Christmas 2012 from a reply post by Angie Austin, who said she was planning to attend Dolls for Daughter’s wrapping party. I went to the wrapping party too and I was hooked, especially when I heard about Kenzi and the huge impact she had had on her family and Denver.

2. ​Some people are drawn to DfD because of their own personal experience, or the experience of someone close to them, similar to Jessica’s. Why did you decide to volunteer with Dolls for Daughters?

Amber: I have chosen to give my life to make an impact in the lives of children. It broke my heart the way Kenzi’s birth and death happened and I was inspired by the strength of Jessica and the Bachus family. I wanted to help with their mission.

3. ​What has touched you most about the work DfD is doing?

Amber: Children come into this world helpless, not wanting for anything other than having their basic needs met and receiving lots of love. Sometimes parents can’t afford extras, like Christmas-morning toys. It inspires me that we can provide that experience for them so they feel like their friends.

4. How long have you been a volunteer with Dolls for Daughters? What is/are the biggest reason(s) for staying involved with DfD?

Amber: I have been a volunteer for DfD since December 2012, It is my passion to help children in any possible way I can and that keeps me involved.

5. What is your most memorable experience volunteering with Dolls for Daughters? Please describe your experience and what made it stand out for you.

Amber: My first Toy Shop was an eye opener. I saw just how many children were in need and how their parents stood out in line or slept in cars throughout the night before the event in order to get presents for their children for Christmas morning.

6. Have you participated in any of the DfD fundraising events? If so, which one(s)? Also, please tell us about at least one significant memory from one of the events.

Amber: I haven’t been to any fundraisers yet, but I plan to help out this year in any way I can.

7. Have you shared your volunteer experience with your friends and family? If so, what was their reaction?

Amber: I tell my friends about my volunteering with DfD and they are not surprised since they know about my passion and desire to help children.

8. If you did share your experience, have any of your friends or family become Dolls for Daughters volunteers because of it? If you are able to identify their reason(s), why did they decide to get involved?

Amber: No, but I am always looking for recruits to help out!

9. With so many organizations in need of volunteers for so many different purposes, what suggestions or advice do you have for people who consider volunteering? In particular, how should they choose the organization and how should they decide in what areas of the organization and how much the will help?

Amber: I would say that I would ask them first about their passions—what are they, what drives them, and what fills their heart? I volunteer for DfD, as well as another nonprofit, along with helping out at three schools, with Girl Scouts, and at a local hospital. I love helping children! At the end of the day, I can say I made a difference and that’s what matters most to me.

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If you would like to volunteer for our 4th Annual Dolls for Daughters and Toys for Boys Toy Shop on Saturday, December 7th, please click here and you will be directed to our registration. Volunteers are also needed for toy shop set up on December 6th. We have a limited number of volunteers for this annual event and expect all spots to be filled up in November. Once all slots are filled, registration will close.

Toy Shop Information:
Location: Denver Montclair International School – 206 N Red Cross Way Denver, CO 80230
Time: Toy Shop is from 9am-5pm or when we run out of toys
Parking: Please DO NOT park in the Lowry Town Center, they will tow your car. Last year they towed cars from their lot. Please speak directly with the volunteer coordinator Michelle Lewis about parking concerns and look for information in volunteer only emails. There will be parking in the neighborhoods, we also strongly encourage carpooling.

This year we plan to provide 3200 children with a new toy, stocking, stocking stuffer, book, toothbrush/toothpaste kit. The first 100 families will also receive a food box from Food Bank of the Rockies and the first 100 or more children will also get new shoes through our partnership with The Denver Shoe Crew.

Please consider bringing a roll of wrapping paper with you the day of to help ensure we can wrap as many gifts as possible.

If you have additional questions please email Michelle Lewis our volunteer coordinator at volunteers.AT.dollsfordaughters.com.

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Some of our volunteers live a distance away from Denver. Jessica’s cousin, Eric Stransky, is one of those individuals. Although he lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming, he still finds a way to be involved with our annual Toy Shop. We are so grateful for his support as he spreads the word of our work to a whole new community!

1. How did you learn about Dolls for Daughters and Kenzi’s Kidz?

Jessica Bachus is my cousin. 

2. Why did you decide to volunteer with Dolls for Daughters? 

I wanted to do something fun and rewarding for those in need during Christmastime. I chose to volunteer here because I love the mission of DfD and the story of how it came to be what it is today. 

3. How long have you been a volunteer with Dolls for Daughters? 

I have only volunteered once; for the Toy Shop last year. I plan on volunteering again this year for the Toy Shop as well. 

4. What is your most memorable experience volunteering with Dolls for Daughters and which event was it at? 

It was a real-world reminder to appreciate everything we have. There are so many families out there who go without essential resources on a daily basis. They don’t have extra money to buy toys for Christmas. It feels pretty cool to be able to hand a child a free toy for Christmas who may not otherwise receive a gift. Also meeting Eric Reamer from the Experience Pros radio show was really neat. I’ve listened to them for a few years on the radio and had a great conversation with him. 

5. Have you participated in any fundraising event that Dolls for Daughters had held?

No. I plan on participating more in the future (I’m still pursuing my Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree and will graduate in May 2014). 

6. Have you shared your volunteer experience with your friends and family? If so, what was their reaction? 

During last year’s Toy Shop, I volunteered with my mother, Lynda Stransky.  We both had a great time spending time with the other volunteers and those who make this great event come together every year.

7. If you did share your experience, have any of your friends or family become Dolls for Daughters volunteers because of it?

I’ve shared my experience with some friends and co-workers. I don’t believe anyone has volunteered yet because we live in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Not many people have heard of the organization up here, but I’m spreading the word. 

8. With so many organizations in need of volunteers, what suggestions or advice do you have for people who consider volunteering, especially when it comes to choosing where to offer their help? 

Volunteer for an organization you believe in, which shares your personal values. My career is as an Emergency Room Registered Nurse, as well as a part-time EMT. I routinely encounter people on the worst day of their life. It’s my responsibility to do what I can do make it better. I feel the same way about volunteering for DfD. I felt great satisfaction after spending a day helping out the community. 

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Like so many of our volunteers, Amber got involved last December, as part of our toy shop. And like lots of other volunteers, she’s found she wants to continue to be a part of Dolls for Daughters. We are fortunate to have her caring, passion, and ongoing support!

1. How did you learn about Dolls for Daughters and Kenzi’s Kidz?

I learned about Dolls for Daughters from Angie Austin who was going to attend the wrapping party last December and so I went to help as well.

2. Why did you decide to volunteer with Dolls for Daughters?

I have always had a passion to mentor, volunteer for children and help them have a successful life. I have always had a heightened caring and maternal instinct, which is why I went to college to be a 1st grade teacher.

3.  How long have you been a volunteer with Dolls for Daughters?

I have only been a volunteer since December 2012. My first event was the wrapping party to prepare for our toy drive. I have also been able to help distribute flyers for the Tap n’ Run at two different times. I often ask Jessica Bachus if I can help with anything, so we can continue to be a success and put smiles on children’s faces.

4. What is your most memorable experience volunteering with Dolls for Daughters and which event was it at?

My most memorable experience was seeing children’s faces when they attended the toy drive. I felt happy because they were going to have a Christmas because of Jessica Bachus and all that we do.

5. Have you participated in any fundraising event that Dolls for Daughters had held?

I am new to Dolls for Daughters and Kenzi’s Kidz, so I have not had an opportunity to participate in any other fundraising but I will certainly jump in and help when the opportunity presents itself.

6.  Have you shared your volunteer experience with your friends and family? If so, what was their reaction?

I have told my friends about my volunteering for Dolls for Daughters. They are not surprised because they know my passion for children. I haven’t told my family because I don’t believe they would really understand or be supportive. 

7. If you did share your experience, have any of your friends or family become Dolls for Daughters volunteers because of it?
 
I have told my friends about the work I do with Dolls for Daughters, but unfortunately, they don’t share my same enthusiasm at this point in their lives. 

8. With so many organizations in need of volunteers, what suggestions or advice do you have for people who consider volunteering, especially when it comes to choosing where to offer their help?

I would encourage them to find their own passion and dig deep inside themselves and make another person feel special and loved because of their own compassion!

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