Compassion. It’s one of the top characteristics I seek to instill in all six of my kids. While my husband and I work hard to teach compassion and being other’s focused, too often I feel as if we are fighting against a prevalent view in society that sends kids the message that life is all about fun and perpetuates a “me culture”.
As a mom in a blended family, I strive to do things and have products in our home that supports the message of compassion, character and serving others. That’s why I was so excited when I learned about Hearts for Hearts Girls Dolls.
As mothers and stepmothers, we work hard to raise our kids with strong values. Hearts for Hearts Girls is a line of dolls that strives to do the same thing. The company says it best: “we invite all girls to become agents of change – to improve the lives of girls in their communities, across their country and around the world. We promise to deliver meaningful products and experiences and to tell all girls , ‘You can help.’”
So when I was given the opportunity to host a Mommy Party for Hearts for Hearts Girls, I jumped at it. We invited ten girls over to enjoy food from around the world (I made Ethiopian punch, Indian Mac – n – Cheese Bites, American Meatloaf Muffins and French Chocolate Chip Cookies), we played a game from Belarus called Shyla and we made Clean Water Banks and talked about how so many young girls don’t have clean water to drink, or bathe in like we do.
If anyone ever questions whether our youth doesn’t care they should have been sitting in my kitchen when we made the Clean Water Banks and listening to the girls talk. We decorated water bottles and made a slit to put loose change in. I took my jar from my laundry room (I collect loose change from the pockets of all the clothes I wash and when it gets full, I donate it) and gave the girls some coins to get started. The goal is for the girls to fill the banks and when they do to talk to their parents and donate the money to WorldVision Water Fund where the funds can bring clean drinking water to those that don’t have it. The chatter was high among the girls on this topic. One girl said her parents told her “if I get perfect attendance this quarter, I get twenty dollars. I’m going to do it and donate it to other girls for water.” The girls all were so excited to give back. They talked about how much they love swimming in a pool all summer and how most of the world doesn’t have that luxury.
Two of the girls that my daugther invited are not “doll girls” but they loved Hearts for Hearts and they said they love what the dolls are all about. And the dolls not only come from foreign countries like India, Belarus, Laos, Mexico, Brazil, and Ethiopia but also from the United States. Dell, for instance, is from the Applacian Mountains and is committed to helping people in her community. She has a heart of gold. The doll Zelia is from Brazil and she learns how her family can make changes on their coffee bean farm and the impact that can have on the rainforest. I love it!! Teaching our girls that WE ALL MATTER and SMALL CHANGES YIELD BIG RESULTS.
Each doll comes with her own story of compassion and change along with a book, and accessories.
Let’s be honest, many young girls are dealing with some emotional stress from a variety of life circumstances and as mothers, stepmothers, aunts, grandparents, and friends we want to build character and self-esteem into our girls. These dolls will help facilate conversation about compassion, giving back, accepting others, loving people of different cultures. They are a toy line that you feel good purchasing and giving to your children and/or to friends and family. They are quality made and spark conversation. Imagine watching your girls playing with their dolls and discussing how they are going to change the world instead of changing their nailpolish (although that is still a fun conversation to have).
I also want to mention that proceeds from the purchase of each doll goes to World Vision. If you haven’t heard of World Vision, I strongly encourage you to click on the link and get familiar. When I was a single mom, I went to a Casting Crowns concert with my now husband. It was there I learned of WorldVision and the opportunity to sponsor a child. I signed up and six years later, I consider her a part of our family. She blesses us way more than our financial contribution blesses her. We write letters, share our dreams and we pray for her and her family. I shared our sponsor girl with the girls at the party and they loved seeing her photo and looking at pictures she had drawn and were amazed to learn that girls their age live in two room homes with large families and are happy. Teaching our kids that we are so blessed in our country and sharing how other children live is an important and humbling experience.
One added benefit of having the party was how all four of my girls (my two daugthers and two stepdaugthers) all wanted to help and be a part of it. I had a blast cooking with everyone, organizing the day and it was a great bonding experience for all of us. And to be perfectly honest, I don’t get that type of cooperation when I’m making dinner. Working on this had the girls curious about the different cultures of the dolls, food that they ate and they really all wanted to be a part of it. I’d actually recommend throwing your own Hearts for Hearts Party.
With the holidays approaching, this is an amazing line of dolls to start collecting with your daughter and/or stepdaughter. The dolls and their accessories are reasonably priced and as I mentioned they have such a positive message. Here’s a discount code for you. Just go to Heart4HeartsGirls.com and enter in H4HAUG12 and get $5.00 off any Hearts for Hearts Doll (Offer good through October 2012 while supplies last). The code is good for purchasing directly off their site. These dolls can also be found at Target, Amazon and Toys R Us.
If you are looking for a gift for your stepdaughter or daughter and they are between the ages of 6 and 10, I highly recommend these dolls.
I was selected to be a MommyParties host as part of a promotional program with MomSelect. All opinions are my own. I was not financially compensated for hosting this MommyParty for Hearts for Hearts Girls, I was given a doll to keep and test and one to giveaway to one of the girls in attendance. As always, I will give you my honest opinion and choose to bring to you products that I personally believe in.
I’d like to hear from you. Do you have experience with these dolls? What do you think of the message they send?