Smiling is Contagious


What made you decide to giveaway dolls?

A few years ago a dear friend had tagged me in an Instagram post from an orphanage in Africa. They were asking if anyone had dolls they would be willing to send their way. The dolls the children were currently playing with were made from recycled mosquito nets, but were falling apart and no longer usable . I didn’t have to think too long about this. Of course I wanted to send dolls to this woman. Of course I wanted to fill the hands of these children with bright colored toys that they could see themselves in. I almost immediately responded with “YES, yes of course I will send you all the dolls you need.” But then I froze. Would I really be able to make all these dolls? How would we afford the materials and the time? I finally sent a message offering to send dolls trusting that it would be taken care of. The rest is history. I was in tears, literally, when she sent me the first video of the children playing with their dolls. How could I stop here?

Why are you giving away dolls?

Think back to when you were a child. Did you have a stuffed animal or toy that you carried with you anywhere you went? Think about one that was only yours, one that you didn’t have to share or give back. Did it make you feel safe, comfortable, and loved? That is our mission. We want to bring that feeling of comfort and love to all children, especially children living in temporary homes and hospitals. Adversity looks different to everyone, but it should never be something children have to face. Did you know that UNICEF estimates that 140 million children worldwide are orphans? Moving from home to home or living in an orphanage with large numbers of other children can make for a LOT of sharing and losing things. We know toys aren’t going to feed and clothe all the children and give them warm beds. What they can do is symbolize love. We can’t bring all of those children home, but just maybe we can bring each of them a small token of love until they are brought home.

How does it work?

For every toy purchased from our shop we will donate one to an orphanage, foster home, program, or hospital we are working with. Some of these children live in orphanages in Africa and Taiwan, and some live here in the United States spending large amounts of time in hospitals or being cared for in foster homes. We work with places all over the world. Your one purchase will have the ability to bring a smile to a child’s face halfway around the world. Every time you see your own little ones face light up from playing with an Aleks Handmade toy you will be reminded that somewhere in the world, another child is also smiling because of you.

We may not be moving mountains or pushing through ceilings over here but we are creating smiles, and really that is all we ever wanted to do.

Keep sharing smiles, they are contagious.

We are always looking for new places to partner with. If you would love to see our dolls somewhere let us know!
Email us at: aleks@alekshandmade.com