This year Algerian Action reaches it’s 10th Anniversary- how time flies! One of the ways we hope to mark the milestone is by giving as many children as we can a handmade doll or stuffed toy. From the beginning we have been giving children toys ,this isn’t anything new…in fact it was the distinct lack of toys that spurred me on to start the charity in the first place and it is for this reason that it seems so appropriate that a decade on, we continue our efforts and put as many toys as we can into the hands of children that need them.
The dolls/stuffed toys will be given to children all over- street children, orphans, refugees, those in hospital and those from the many families that struggle to make ends meet.
Now, as I have said so many times before ‘ we can’t do it without YOUR help’ I really am relying on you dear sewers , crafters , knitters and other kind supporters to help us pull this off. Algerian Action has always been about the small actions of many making a big difference…and believe me to the person wearing rags, to the one who is cold, to the one who is hungry, to the mother with nothing for her child your donations of clothing, blankets and food do make a big difference, they make every difference.
So, about the dolls or stuffed toys… I know what a creative bunch you are and I really want you to use your imagination and creativity- Remember, the doll that you make may be the only toy the child has or will ever have so make it special!
Just a few considerations-
*They shouldn’t be too large, I’m thinking around 15cm-25cm tall. Some children will receive toys as a group so it is better if toys are of a similar size.
*Make sure that any embellishments are securely stitched on so they wont fall off or be a hazard for younger children.
*They can be made using any fabric or yarn and can be in any colour.
That’s it, the rest is up to you!
We really want to give as many toys as we can so, if you know of a child (or children) living in Algeria that would love a doll or soft toy to cuddle and play with please let me know by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
And for those living in Algiers there are some fun, toy related children’s workshops being lined up for Spring so watch this space for more details coming soon!
As always, thank-you so much for your continued support.
Have a great weekend! Emma x
P.S. If you come across any fab free patterns please share and I will post them up to give others inspiration.
Edited to add– If you are not a crafter but, still want to help bought toys are very much appreciated too!