Typically when one thinks of “dolls” it is linked with babies or princesses for little girls, but Stephenville High School theatre students are doing something a little different. They are creating dolls for boys to donate to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth.
“I did want them to have a sewing project, but I wanted it to have a purpose,” said theatre teacher Mindy Pope. “I visited with Luke Nelson’s mom (Mia) and she told me that she and her husband (Clint) had said how amazing Cook is, but predominantly the dolls are for girls; there weren’t many dolls for boys.”
Luke was diagnosed with neuroblastoma cancer last April and was Stephenville High School’s Heart of Gold recipient. In September, the Nelson family learned that his cancer had gone into remission.
Pope told her students they had the option to make either a monster doll or superhero doll and they would donate them to the hospital in Luke's honor.
“They’re going to type up a little card that has their character’s name and either what their superpower is or some characteristic, laminate them and then tie them on the doll with a little ribbon,” Pope said. “All together I think we’ll have probably 30 to 35 dolls that we’re going to send to Cook.”
Pope contacted the hospital and her request was approved. The hospital then sent her some guidelines for the students.
“We’re not going to glue anything on, no buttons, no sequence, it can’t have a choking hazard,” Pope said. “They are just using felt and either sewing with the machine or hand stitching.”
An example of the students’ work includes senior Ally Kilcrease’s monster doll named Gloop who floats and steals cookies from the cookie jar.
“I really like the characters from Pac-Man and so he kind of looks like one,” Kilcrease said.
Pope said the students have found the project fun and even relaxing because there isn’t a wrong design.
“The kids don’t really get to craft and make something creative all that often,” Pope said. “They’re awesome and I’m super excited.”
Senior Laramie Montgomery created a circular monster doll.
“It’s cool to be able to make something that you know someone is going to appreciate,” he said.
Once the dolls are complete, they will be taken to Cook and distributed to patients.