Sunday, August 30, 2020

Frontline Workers Honored With Custom-Made American Girl Dolls

American Girl is recognizing real frontline workers with a their own one-of-a-kind dolls.

American Girl asked fans to nominate people they knew who were making a difference during the coronavirus pandemic. Five frontline workers were chosen, and each received a custom-made doll in their likeness.

Among those chosen as a "Frontline Hero” were:

Pam, a teacher. She was nominated by her students after she brought each of them a bag of books straight to their front door when schools shut down at the start of the pandemic. One student said “even though we didn’t get to finish our school year, our teacher showed us learning can take you anywhere in the world.”

Laurent, a pilot for Spirit Airlines. He was nominated by his daughter for flying a team of American doctors to Haiti to help fight COVID-19. He returned with a plane full of stranded U.S. citizens. Laurent’s daughter says “I am so proud of him for stepping forward to help!”

April, a paramedic working in Virginia. Because of her work, she ended up catching coronavirus herself. Her niece, who nominated her, says “when she was finally healed and released back to work, she didn’t hesitate for one moment.”

Xavier, a grocery worker. He is the youngest of the group chosen by American Girl at just 17-years-old. His little sister nominated him for working at a grocery store five days a week and still making time for her. “He has asthma, and he still risks it all to help out,” she says.

Sarah, a caregiver. In addition to her work, she also feeds the homeless in her community. Her granddaughter says “I hope when I become a surgeon, I will help people with the same love she does.”

Even though the dolls are one-of-a-kind customs, American Girl fans have been asking to make the dolls, or even their outfits, available to purchase. The company says they are aware of the interest, and that interest is being made known to the decision makers.

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