South Carolinans, I have a charity that you may want to consider supporting! It’s called the Butterfly Ministry for Girls, and it’s a wonderful organization designed to offer care and hope to young girls in the foster care system. The Butterfly Ministry for Girls has a simple mission: to supply girls in the South Carolina foster care system with American Girl dolls and books. Girls ages 2 through 4 receive their own personal cloth-based “Butterflies” doll — a little more appropriate for a young child, and it’s washable. Girls ages 4 through 5 receive “Bitty Baby” American Girl dolls. And older girls receive full-sized American Girl dolls. All the girls receive, along with their dolls, an extra outfit, a book appropriate to their age, and a tote bag. The Butterfly Ministry for Girls was named after a young girl who participated in a local library program in which the directors taught history lessons through American Girl stories. After the girl’s unfortunate death in a car accident, the directors decided to begin this ministry in her memory. To date, over 220 American Girl dolls have been donated.
How You Can Help
You may be wondering how you can participate in this program. Obviously this is not a typical knitting charity, but there are still ways in which you can help – some of which have to do with knitting, and others not. First, the most obvious way you can help is by donating a doll. If you happen to have a child who has outgrown American Girl dolls that are still in your possession, you can donate them. You can donate them regardless of the condition they are in; even damaged dolls can be used, as they can be sent to the American Girl Doll Hospital in Wisconsin. Books are another great donation possibility. This is a great opportunity for empty nesters who still have a stash of American Girl books tucked away in a closet or attic. Bring them out, dust them off, and send them to the Butterfly Ministry! Finally, if your knitting fingers are itching, you can make doll clothes! Remember, every girl who gets an American Girl doll also receives an extra outfit. So if you’d like to knit a contribution, doll clothes are the perfect answer. Need pattern ideas? This link is full of search results from Ravelry. You can find patterns for dresses, sweaters, skirts, ponchos, hats, even handwarmers and shoes. And best of all, they’re all free! If you’d like to offer a financial contribution along with your knitted doll clothes, that’s a great idea too. Bear in mind that if you want to donate used dolls or books, or doll clothes, the Butterfly Ministry asks that you fill out the Contact Us page so that they can contact you and let you know exactly how you need to go about it. For more information about the Butterfly Ministry for Girls, you can visit their website or visit their Facebook page. So consider joining forces with the Butterfly Ministry for Girls. You’ll support a fabulous charity helping children in foster care in South Carolina and bring smiles to many faces!