Ann started Dollhouses For Kids Battling Cancer in late 2006. Her
daughter was interning at a hospital in New Jersey on the pediatric cancer ward,
and she suggested that the kids might like playing with a dollhouse while
having their chemo. Ann and her daughter
donated the first house and the kids
loved it so Ann decided to keep going. She
built dollhouses and her daughter gave them to the doctors to give as gifts
from them to the kids as they started or finished their chemo.
Since then, Ann has been donating 90% of the
houses to kids with cancer and the rest to fund raisers benefiting children with
serious health issues. Many other organizations have asked for help so Ann
has built a few dollhouses that have special meaning, such as for Juvenile
Diabetes (her daughter has been a type 1 diabetic for 10 years so it is a cause
dear to her), and Autism (her granddaughter is severely autistic). She may have donated outside of the kids with
cancer but all her dollhouses are still for kids with serious health problems.
Ann gets some very generous help from many people and places. Penelope, who owns The Magical Dollhouse
Company, has a page on her website for
people to donate dollhouses at a discounted price. Greenleaf Dollhouses pays for the shipping of
those houses to Ann so the customer does not get charged for that. HBS/Miniatures.com has recently set up to help
Ann by allowing people to buy gift certificates on their website. HBS holds them until Ann needs something,
then she orders and it is paid by those gift certificates. If there are no donations, Ann personally
buys the houses, furniture etc. Her mom died in 2008 and she loved DFKBC, so the little bit of money her mom was able to
leave to Ann is mainly for the kids and their houses.
In Ann's words, "I love doing this and hope I never have to stop. I just finished the 207th dollhouse and am
starting on the next. All the houses are
donated to children through Pediatric Oncology Wards, Ronald McDonald House,
Bereavement Centers, fund raisers and at Christmas to the "Suffern
PBA/DARE Annual Holiday Toy Drive"
WOW! 207 dollhouses, all built by Ann and given by her to a good cause.
Please consider donating to Ann's awesome project.
Do you have some unwanted/stored/handmade miniatures you can send to
Ann? Contact her first by email or
via her Facebook page, and make sure those items are suitable for young
children. She can use everything...furniture, carpeting,
flooring, wallpaper, paint, animals, dolls, plants, accessories, etc.