Students in the Trend of Giving

The Fashion Club students at Robert Frost Middle School lent their trendy skills to the Giving Doll project. The Giving Doll was created by Jan Householder in March 2006 as a community outreach project when a friend’s daughter, Katherine, became a patient at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Handmade cloth dolls were constructed by volunteer sewers, and Katherine brought the dolls with her to the hospital when she went for treatments. Katherine found comfort in the simple toy and shared her fabric companions with other children, thus beginning a beautiful movement. The program has now expanded to include children in a variety of settings worldwide, and in December 2011, the Giving Doll reached a milestone with 10,000 dolls donated.

For the project, led by teacher Cindy Adriaenssens, more than 60 Deer Park students came together to craft the delicate tote bags that hold the doll accessories.