I had a post written about my shop opening and showcasing some dolls, but then something bigger happened.
I began the Mella Doll Project several months ago, making dolls for refugee children arriving here in Sicily. From the comfort of my home, I made dolls while thinking and praying for the girls who would receive them. Wanting to give little girls a soft toy that could bring them comfort and companionship came from a good place. I want to help. I want to give.
On April 26, there was a 60 Minutes segment featuring documentation of the travel from the coast of Africa to the coast of Sicily… in a 40 ft. wooden fishing boat. To see the little faces of the children they pulled off the boat made me lose my breath. Putting faces and stories with this little Mella Doll Project brings me to a place of humility. So, my story has changed. I am no longer just making dolls for refugee girls, instead, it is my honor to serve these little ones by making them a doll. It is no longer a distant endeavor, I have seen their faces.
Tonight I was finally able to connect with the local missionary and hand over about 25 Mella dolls. It is not enough. I don’t know what is enough, but I will be cutting fabric and stuffing dolls as long as I can! The point of all of this is giving. To be able to give a gift that brings a sense of simplicity to a chaotic world, companionship when life is unpredictable, imagination and play when hope seems lost.
In case you want to know what all this refugee talk is about, you can watch the 60 Minute feature story here.